UTSA Graduate School announces Presidential Dissertation Fellowship recipients

Presidential Dissertation Fellowship

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(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.

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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"