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James Hammond (Psychology/English) is one of the three 2009 Intellectual Entrepreneurship Pre-Graduate School Interns who have been accepted into Teach For America, a national initiative that aims to eliminate educational inequity by enlisting the nation's most promising future leaders in the effort.
Benjamin Durham (African and African-American Studies/History), Stefanie Weber (Anthropology) and Marcus Waters (Urban Studies) received Fulbright Hays Awards. Visit Know to read about their summer in Nigeria studying the indigenous Yoruba.
Shan Khan (English) earned the Asrar-al-Haque Majaz Literary Award for outstanding work in Urdu poetry from the Alumni Association of Aligarh Muslim University.
Joanna Thaler (English) won first place in the college division of the Jane Austen Society of North America's annual essay competition for her essay "Rediscovering the Gardiners."
Cecilia Lopez (Government) and Liam O’Rourke (Liberal Arts Honors/History) received 2009 Texas Parents Association Outstanding Student Awards.
The 2009 Texas Parents Association Outstanding Student Awards finalists are:
Grace Eckhoff (Plan II Honors/Biology) has been named a Marshal Scholar, one of the 40 scholars from across the nation who earned the scholarship to study abroad in the United Kingdom.
Natalie Craik (Plan II Honors/Biomedical Engineering) and Sharanya Rajan, (Liberal Arts Honors /Government) received 2009-10 Larry Temple Scholarships.
The Dedman Distinguished Scholars for the Class of 2013 are:
The Liberal Arts Council Study Abroad Scholarship recipients are:
The Liberal Arts Study Abroad on Exchange Programs Scholarship recipients are:
Jacqueline Hablizel (Sociology), Laura Hudson (Sociology), Erich Riepen (Sociology) and Preeti Vaghela (English) earned 2009 Hibbs Scholarships from the Dr Bailey R Collins/Ellene Collins Ward/Mary Sue Collins Hibbs Scholarship Fund.
The 2009-10 Rapoport King Thesis Scholars are:
The winners of the Fall 2009 Undergraduate Research Fellowships from the University Co-operative Society are:
The Liberal Arts Undergraduate Chapter for Research awarded scholarships to five students to attend the National Conference on Undergraduate Research. The winners are:
The 2009-10 Liberal Arts Graduate Fellowships recipients are:
The 2009-10 Liberal Arts Graduate Research Fellowships recipients are:
Max Bruce (Asian Cultures and Languages) earned the Asrar-al-Haque Majaz Literary Award from the Alumni Association of Aligarh Muslim University for outstanding work in the study of Urdu poetry.
Megan Reid (Sociology) and Jerry Lord (Anthropology) earned two 2009 fellowships from the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health to study traumatic effects of hurricanes Ike and Katrina on coastal communities in Texas.
Megan Reid also received the 2009 PERISHIP Fellowship in Hazards, Risk and Disasters from the Public Entity Risk Institute, the Women’s and Gender Studies Department Dissertation Fellowship for Best Dissertation Proposal, and the Graduate Dean’s Prestigious Fellowship Supplement.
Othoniel Vázquez Domínguez (Geography) won an award from the Southwestern Division of the Association of American Geographers for his poster presentation on “Tree Ferns of the Tlacoapa River in Coscomatepec Municipality, Veracruz, Mexico.”
Catherine Connell (Sociology) and Juan Carlos Esparza Ochoa (Sociology) won 2009 William S. Livingston Outstanding Graduate Student Academic Employee Awards.
Catherine Connell also received the 2009 Cheryl Allyn Miller Award for an outstanding contribution to research on women and paid work, the 2009 Martin P. Levine Memorial Dissertation Fellowship Award for Best Dissertation Proposal in the Sociology of Sexuality, the 2009 Sally Hacker Graduate Student Paper Award, and an honorable mention from the American Sociological Association’s Graduate Student Paper Award.
Christopher Harte (Psychology) received a 2009 American Psychological Association Dissertation Research Award.
Wilkalier Daniel Smith (Linguistics), Eric Campbell (Linguistics), Telma Can Pixabaj (Linguistics) and Justin McIntosh (Linguistics) received fellowships from the Endangered Language Documentation Programme at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, England. Visit the Department of Linguistics Web site to learn more about their research.
Richard Davis (Philosophy) and Danielle Dirks (Sociology) were selected as 2009-10 Donald D. Harrington Graduate Fellows. The Donald D. Harrington Fellows Program is one of the most prestigious visiting scholar and graduate fellow programs in the nation.
Jeremy Uecker (Sociology)received a 2009-10 University Continuing Fellowship.
Nicolette Manglos (Sociology) received a Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship from the Social Science Research Council, and an NICHD traineeship from the Population Research Center for 2009-10;
Corinne Reczek (Sociology) received a University Continuing Fellowship for 2009-10, an American Association of University Women Dissertation Fellowship for 2009-10, and a 2009 Outstanding Student Paper Award from the Society of the Study of Social Problems-Family Division.
Jennifer Karas Montez (Sociology)received a 2009 Lora Romero Memorial Award for Interdisciplinary Research in Race, Ethnicity and Gender from the Center for Women's and Gender Studies.
Cayce Smith (Government/Premed) co-founded the Global Health Project, a university-wide organization that seeks funding for medical supplies and equipment in Nicaragua. Visit this Web site for more about the project. [www.texasghp.blogspot.com]
The Jefferson Book Club, an organization devoted to furthering the aim of the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Study of Core Texts and Ideas, was formally established this fall with discussions of great literary works, speeches and films. Events are open to all interested faculty and students. Visit this Web site for more about the Jefferson Book Club.
Five undergraduate students from the College of Liberal Arts served as interns with the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice. The undergraduate interns teamed with law students, faculty and staff to plan and provide support for the Rapoport Center’s daily operations and various events. By contributing to these endeavors, the interns received exposure to the legal, academic and social spheres of human rights. The Fall 2009 interns include:
Two Liberal Arts Students Head to Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen
M. Anwar Sounny-Slitine (Geography) and Rachel Aitkens (Government) were selected to attend the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen Dec. 7-18. Aitkens and Sounny-Slitine were chosen from thousands of applicants by two national organizations and will be present as official United Nations observers.
Jenna Baddeley (Psychology) has conducted fascinating research with soldiers at Fort Hood. In a recent post on the GradNews Blog, she discusses what she has learned about the numerous difficulties these soldiers face when they return home from war. Visit her blog.
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