2010 Graduate School Student Awards

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Government Doctoral Candidate Roy Germano Wins
$10,000 Granof Outstanding Graduate Student Award

AUSTIN, Texas—Roy Germano, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Government, has won the $10,000 Michael H. Granof Outstanding Graduate Student Award at the University Co-op/Graduate School Awards for Excellence in Graduate Education.

Roy Germano

The Excellence in Graduate Education awards recognize and reward outstanding graduate students for distinguished scholarship, research, writing and teaching. The theme of this year’s awards program was “Celebrating 100 Years of Graduate Education” in recognition of the centennial of the Graduate School, which was founded in 1910.

Germano has done extensive research with the people of Mexico, and his dissertation, “The Political Economy of Remittances,” argues that Mexican migrants’ remittances have been an important and overlooked factor in preventing populist backlash to market-oriented reforms in Mexico. Germano produced, shot and edited the award-winning film “The Other Side of Immigration” based on interviews he conducted in Mexican towns where about half the population has left to work in the United States.

Also, read about the winners of the Graduate School Professional Awards.

Outstanding Dissertation Award

The Outstanding Dissertation Award recognizes exceptional work by doctoral students. Three awards of $4,000 each were presented to: Kurt Dresner, Computer Science; Aaron Michael Shield, Linguistics; and John N. Hopkins, Art History.

Kurt Dresner



Kurt Mauro Dresner, Ph.D., Computer Science
Autonomous Intersection Management.
Dissertation supervisor: Peter Stone, Department of Computer Science, College of Natural Sciences.

Aaron Michael Shield



Aaron Michael Shield, Ph.D., Linguistics

The Signing of Deaf Children with Autism: Lexical Phonology and Perspective-Taking in the Visual-Spatial Modality.
Dissertation supervisor: Richard Meier, Department of Linguistics, College of Liberal Arts.

John North Hopkins



John North Hopkins, Ph.D., Art History

The Topographical Transformation of Archaic Rome: A New Interpretation of Architecture and Geography in the Early City.
Dissertation supervisors: John Clarke, Department of Art and Art History, College of Fine Arts and Penelope Davies, Department of Art and Art History, College of Fine Arts.


Outstanding Thesis/Report Award

The Outstanding Thesis/Report Award recognizes exceptional work by a master's student. An award of $2,000 was presented to Christine U. Oramasionwu, from the College of Pharmacy.

Christine Oramasionwu



Christine U. Oramasionwu, Pharmacy
Disparities in Antiretroviral Prescribing Patterns and Health Outcomes between Black and White HIV/AIDS Patients: An Analysis of U.S. National Health Care Surveys from 1996-2006.
Thesis supervisor: Christopher R. Frei, College of Pharmacy


Excellence in Graduate Research Award

The Excellence in Graduate Research Award recognizes outstanding research that is substantially in progress. Three awards of $2,000 each were presented to: David Kryscio, Chemical Engineering; Carrie C. Veilleux, Anthropology; and Kirby L. Brown, English.

David Richard Kryscio



David Richard Kryscio, Chemical Engineering
Protein Recognitive Hydrogels for Biosensor Applications.
Recommending professor: Nicholas Peppas, Biomedical Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering.

Carrie Cecilia Veilleux



Carrie C. Veilleux, Anthropology

Effects of Nocturnal Light Environments on the Evolution of Nocturnal Primate Color Vision.
Recommending professor: E. Christopher Kirk, Department of Anthropology, College of Liberal Arts.

Kirby Lynn Brown II



Kirby L. Brown II, English
Stoking the Fire: Nationhood in Early Twentieth Century Cherokee Writing.
Recommending professor: James H. Cox, Department of English, College of Liberal Arts.


William S. Livingston Outstanding Graduate Student Academic Employee Award

The William S. Livingston Outstanding Graduate Student Academic Employee Award recognizes an outstanding teaching assistant, assistant instructor and graduate research assistant. Three awards of $2,000 each were presented to Kevin Jordan Bourque, English, for Outstanding Assistant Instructor; Bo Wang, Biomedical Engineering, for Outstanding Graduate Research Assistant; and Seungsoo Kim, Biomedical Engineering, for Outstanding Teaching Assistant.

Kevin Jordan Bourque



Kevin Jordan Bourque, Associate Instructor, English.
Nominating faculty member: Lisa L. Moore, Department of English, College of Liberal Arts.

Bo Wang




Bo Wang, Graduate Research Assistant, Biomedical Engineering.
Nominating faculty member: Stanislav Emelianov, Biomedical Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering.

Seungsoo Kim




Seungsoo Kim, Teaching Assistant, Biomedical Engineering.
Nominating faculty member: Stanislav Emelianov, Biomedical Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering.


“At the university, we say, What Starts Here Changes the World, and it is true,” said Victoria Rodríguez, Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies. “Our graduate students work alongside the finest faculty, they inspire undergraduate students in the classroom and they design research projects and develop new ideas that, in time, go on to change the world.  We are proud of the work done by these award-winning graduate students and look forward to hearing more about their accomplishments in the future.”

The Graduate School and the University Co-op hosted the awards presentation on May 19 at The Four Seasons Hotel. The University Co-op provides the funding that makes these awards possible.

By Kathleen Mabley
May 20, 2010

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