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Student Highlights

May 29, 2009

In honor of the recent commencement weekend ceremonies, this month’s student highlights focus on awards and honors that students who graduated this year earned throughout their graduate career at Duke.

University Honors

William J. Griffith University Service Award
2009 – Wakoh Shannon Hickey, Religion

Graduate School Honors

Dean’s Awards for Excellence in Mentoring
2009 – Joseph Owen Sexton, Ecology
2008 – Julianne Marie Yost, Chemistry
2007 – Adam Hartstone-Rose, Biological Anthropoloy and Anatomy

Dean’s Awards for Excellence in Teaching
2008 – Erin Gentry Lamb, English
2007 – Lisa Ann Cavanaugh, Business Administration

Awards by Department

Art, Art History, and Visual Studies

Octavian Esanu
2008 – Katherine A. Stern Dissertation Year Fellowship (2008-09)
2006 – Summer Research Fellowship, Graduate School of Duke University
2005 – The Tinker Field Research Grant, Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Duke University
2005 – Provost’s Pre-Dissertation Summer Research Fellowship, European Studies Program. Duke University
2004 – Mary Duke Biddle Foundation Summer Internship at Duke University Museum of Art

Biology

David Lee Des Marais
2007 Fitch Prize from the Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution

Business Administration

Albert E. Mannes
Fellow, Program for Advanced Research in the Social Sciences

Sarah G. Moore
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Fellowship

Classical Studies

Bart Huelsenbeck
2007 Julian Price Fellowship

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Thomas Henry Hand
2006 Charles R. Vail Graduate Student Teaching Award

Environment

Lauren Patrice Battle
2002-2004 James B. Duke Graduate Fellowship
Abele Award for Academic Excellence

History

Kelly Marie Kennington
2008 – Bass Instructorship
2007 – Special Collections Library Reference Internship and Fellowship
2006 – Julian Price Endowed Dissertation Research Fellowship
2006 – Summer Research Fellowship
2004 – Anne Firor Scott Research Award

Alejandro Velasco
2006 – Hampshire College, Five College Fellow
2004 – Social Science Research Council, International Dissertation Research Fellowship
2004 – American Historical Association, Albert J. Beveridge Grant for Research on the History of the Western Hemisphere
2001 – Ford Foundation, Summer Research Fellow

Medical Physics

Jessica Lee Nute (MS graduate)
Award for Excellence in Academic Performance in the 2007-08 Academic Year

Maryann Ozidu Abogunde (MS graduate)
Award for Excellence in Research in the 2008-09 Academic Year
Best Student Paper Award, from NC Chapter of Health Physics Society in 2009

Sherry Allison Leeper (MS graduate)
Exemplary Service Award in the 2008-09 Academic Year

Lei Ren (PhD graduate)
Award for Excellence in Research in the 2007-08 Academic Year

Music

Todd Hershberger
William Klenz Prize in Music Composition

Neurobiology

Sherilynn Joy Black
Duke Endowment Award
Duke University Community Service Award

Arwen Long
Aleane Webb Dissertation Research Award

Physics

Matthew Ryan Kiser
Henry W. Newson Fellowship

Qiang Ye
Henry W. Newson Fellowship

Psychology & Neuroscience

Mathias S. Fleck
National Institutes of Health National Research Service Award

Religion

Elesha Joy Coffman
Kearns Fellowship

Jennifer Elaine Copeland
James C. Baker Graduate Award
Allan Burry Award

Wakoh Shannon Hickey
Mellon Fellowship
Preparing Future Faculty Fellowship

David Un-Hsien Liu
Rotary Cultural Ambassadorship to Israel
Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies Dissertation Fellowship
Mellon Graduate Fellowship at the Franklin Humanities Institute

Matthew Schlimm
John Dempster Fellowship
John Wesley Fellowship

Chad Scott Spigel
Rabbi Nathan Perilman Fellowship

Romance Studies

Mary Ann LaMarca
2004 Named Instructorship

Scott Matthew Kushner
2007 Stern Dissertation Year Fellowship

Micah R. True
Duke Endowment Award
2008 Stern Dissertation Year Fellowship
2006 Presidential Endowment

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Current Student Highlights

Duke graduate and professional students Patrick Elliot Alexander (English), Wallis Clinton Baxter III (Duke Divinity School), and Reginald Dewight Patterson (Romance Studies) were accepted to present a panel entitled Education as Liberation: Re-conceptualizing Learning Experiences through African American and Creole Literatures at the annual conference of the College Language Association (CLA) on March 25-29th, 2009 in Cambridge, Maryland.

Alexis Franzese (Psychology and Neuroscience as well as Ph.D. '07 in Sociology) received national recognition in the April edition of Working Mothers magazine.

Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman (Sociology) received a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship for the 2009-2010 academic year from the Duke Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies with funding provided by the U.S. Department of Education. This funding will allow her to conduct overseas dissertation research in Brazil. (She also recived two other fellowship, one of them the ASA Minority Fellowship Program sponsored by the NIMH.)

Tamisha Dawn Navarro (Cultural Anthropology) and Victor Ray (Sociology) received Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships for 2009. This nationally competitive fellowship is open to graduate students in any discipline and provides three years of funding towards the PhD. The fellowship is awarded to students pursuing productive ways to implement issues of diversity into their teaching and research.

Danielle Terazzas Williams (History) was recently awarded a Fulbright Fellowship. Her project will examine how free African-descended women with wealth navigated 17th-century central Veracruz. This study offers a more inclusive history of the socio-racial atmosphere of seventeenth-century Veracruz and challenges what we know about the influence of African-descended people in community networks, regional economies, and the cultural landscapes of Mexico.