(Oct. 29, 2009)--The UTSA Graduate School announces the recipients of the fall 2009 Presidential Dissertation Fellowships. Six exceptional Ph.D. students will receive dissertation research funding assistance sponsored by the Office of the President.
The awardees are Mary Bollinger, Gatis Dillans, Robert Ebert, Jose Gutierrez, Elizabeth Mac Crossan and Shizhong Yang.
Applications were reviewed by a faculty committee. The committee members found the quality of the applicants' work to be very impressive and the task of selecting fellowship recipients was a difficult one.
Each of the recipients is an outstanding student, conducting important research in their areas of study and also making good progress toward his or her degree.
Recipients of the fall 2009 Presidential Dissertation Fellowships
Mary Bollinger, candidate for the Ph.D. in applied demography, College of Public Policy
Dissertation title: "Obesity and Place: A Study of the South Texas Veterans Health Care System User Population"
Gatis Dillans, candidate for the Ph.D. in culture, literacy and language, College of Education and Human Development
Dissertation title: "Oral Corrective Feedback and Second Language Vocabulary Development: Prompts and Recasts in the Adult ESL Classroom"
Robert Ebert, candidate for the Ph.D. in physics and astronomy, College of Sciences
Dissertation title: "The Composition and Dynamics of the Low Energy Plasma in Jupiter's Magnetotail"
Jose Gutierrez, candidate for the Ph.D. in finance, College of Business
Dissertation title: "Three Essays on International Investments"
Elizabeth Mac Crossan, candidate for the Ph.D. in English, College of Liberal and Fine Arts
Dissertation title: "Discrepant Experiences in the Irish Borderlands: Space, Language and Identity in Free Derry, Northern Ireland"
Shizhong Yang, candidate for the Ph.D. in electrical engineering, College of Engineering
Dissertation title: "Advanced Controls of Highly Nonlinear Systems for Stability and Performance with Applications to Power Plant Systems"
For Ashaad Mabry and Triston Wade, football is not just a passing fancy. Both players were part of the UTSA football program almost from the beginning. When UTSA opens the 2015 season Thursday at Arizona, it will be the first time the Roadrunners take the field without them. But Mabry and Wade will still be playing football; their uniforms will just be a different color.
Mabry, a defensive tackle from San Antonio's MacArthur High School, was an honorable mention All-Conference USA selection his final two seasons as a Roadrunner and second among the team's defensive linemen with 49 tackles last year. Wade, a defensive back from Tyler, was the most decorated player in school history. He was a semifinalist for the 2014 Jim Thorpe Award – for the nation's top defensive back – a three-time all-conference honoree and two-year team captain who set a school record of 293 tackles in his career. Both men had outstanding college careers that allowed them to make UTSA history.
Did you know? Mabry and Wade both agreed to terms as undrafted free agents with the New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks, respectively, becoming the first UTSA players to move to the professional ranks.
All campuses will be closed for the Labor Day holiday.
Cheer on the UTSA Roadrunners at their home-opener against the Kansas State Wildcats.
Alamodome, 100 Montana St.
As part of National Recovery Month, a panel of substance abuse practitioners and members of the recovery community will discuss issues related to substance abuse treatment and recovery.
Durango Building 1.124 (DB 1.124), Downtown Campus
The UTSA College of Education and Human Development will host award-winning children’s author and illustrator Yuyi Morales. Morales will share personal stories that have influenced her work as an author and illustrator.
Buena Vista Building Aula Canaria (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus
Love of theater, history leads Lee grad to pursue anthropology degree
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