Friday, October 20, 2017

UTSA doctoral students receive Flawn Research Fellowship

UTSA doctoral students receive Flawn Research Fellowship

(Sept. 29, 2017) -- Four doctoral students from The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) College of Education and Human Development are recipients of the Peter T. Flawn Research Fellowship from the UTSA Graduate School. The funds from the fellowship will be used toward the students’ doctoral studies and research.

“Dr. Flawn’s ‘war on mediocrity’ promoted higher standards for both the faculty and the students,” said Elizabeth Rivas, award recipient and doctoral student in the Department of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies. “I am honored to have received this fellowship because this is a cause that is very important to me as an educator. I, too, believe in promoting higher standards.”

Rivas, an instructional coach at Harlandale Independent School District, is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Culture, Literacy, and Language. Her research area includes decolonial epistemologies of Latina social studies teachers working in public institutions.

Misty Ferguson, a fellowship recipient, is also pursuing her doctoral degree in Culture, Literacy, and Language. Her research explores the power of playful teaching for students of all ages.

“My dissertation looks at how implementing elements of play into the high school language classroom may improve learning and the secondary school experience, especially for English learners,” said Ferguson. “This fellowship increases the scope of possibilities for me in terms of presenting my research.”

Marina Vladimir, a doctoral student in the Department of Counseling, also received the Peter T. Flawn Research Fellowship. Her research interests include trauma work, childhood sexual abuse, multicultural considerations in counseling, and immigration.

“As an international student, I pay out-of-state tuition with additional fees. This fellowship has helped me to cover these expenses, which has been a significant financial support,” said Vladimir. “I am honored to receive this fellowship and appreciate the College of Education and Human Development for its commitment to offer financial support to UTSA students.”

Shawna Corley, a graduate student in the Department of Counseling pursuing her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision, also received the Flawn Fellowship.

UTSA is recognized as one of the top five young universities in the nation by Times Higher Education.

- Jo Ann Jones


Learn more about the Flawn Research Fellowship.

Learn more about the Ph.D. in Culture, Literacy, and Language.

Learn more about the Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision.

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