(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"
The community is invited to the inauguration of UTSA President Taylor Eighmy, the sixth president of UTSA.
Convocation Center, Main Campus
The Provost's Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council hosts this forum to share and further explain the results of the survey and to offer the opportunity for faculty and staff to provide feedback.
Durango Building La Villita Room (DB 1.116), Downtown Campus
For more than 20 years, Josie Méndez-Negrete, a UTSA associate professor in Mexican American Studies, has endured the emotional journey of watching her son, Tito, struggle with schizophrenia. Her powerful account is the first memoir by a Mexican American author to share the devastation and hope a family experiences in dealing with this mental illness.
H-E-B Student Union Travis Room (HSU 2.212), Main Campus
Graduate and undergraduate student researchers pursuing majors in the College of Liberal and Fine Arts will present their original work.
Student Union Retama Auditorium (SU 2.02.02), Main Campus
The UTSA community is invited to this town hall meeting to learn more about progress of the Student Success Presidential initiative.
Frio Street Building (FS 1.512), Downtown Campus
Author Annette Angela Portillo will read her book, which examines Native American women’s autobiographical discourses and multiple-voiced life stories that resist generic conventional notions of first-person narrative.
McKinney Humanities Building (MH 3.02.24), Main Campus
Chelsea Wentworth, anthropology professor at High Point University, will discuss women’s roles in changing customary feasting patterns so that feasts can serve as a coping mechanism for children’s food insecurity in urban areas the South Pacific Island nation, Vanuatu.
H-E-B Student Union Travis Room (HSU 2.202), Main Campus
The UTSA community is invited to come together and volunteer at various San Antonio nonprofits.
Bill Miller Plaza, Downtown Campus
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