Eight students chosen for Dean’s Doctoral Research Fellowship initiative

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Eight doctoral students have been chosen to participate in the College of Education & Human Development’s 2013-2014 Dean’s Research Doctoral Fellowship initiative, a four-year program that recognizes outstanding scholarly accomplishments and the academic potential of newly admitted research doctoral students.

The following students were selected for the fellowship:

  • Jackie Bialo, Department of Counseling and Psychological Services
  • Moriah Kearny, Department of Counseling and Psychological Services
  • Daniel Lane, Department of Early Childhood and Elementary Education
  • Martha Donovan, Department of Educational Policy Studies
  • Johari Harris, Department of Educational Psychology and Special Education
  • Ellen Litkowski, Department of Educational Psychology and Special Education
  • Susan Basile, Department of Kinesiology and Health
  • Ji Shin, Department of Middle-Secondary Education and Instructional Technology

Each of the fellows, who are first-year doctoral students in their respective disciplines, will begin their programs this summer or fall and will receive a stipend and a full tuition waiver while completing their coursework.

The fellowship program began during the 2012-2013 academic year and is designed to give its participants the support they need to further develop as researchers, according to Walt Thompson, College of Education & Human Development associate dean for graduate studies and research.

“Our fellows from last year’s inaugural class are already producing original research and publishing those results in top tier high impact journals,” Thompson said. “These students and their advisors and colleagues are helping to create a research environment that will take us well into this century and beyond.”

Associate Professor Mark Geil, who will serve as a faculty advisor for doctoral fellow Susan Basile, said doctoral students not only make significant contributions to the college but also to their chosen fields of study, making the fellowships a particularly vital part of the College of Education & Human Development’s mission to move lives forward.

“Our students spark new ideas for research, operate complex instrumentation, analyze clinically important data and mentor newer students, creating a chain of scientific discovery,” he explained. “Beyond that, and maybe more important than that, is the fact that Georgia State offers a vibrant experience and a rich environment for our students. I am confident that Sue will find in our department a place that will help her exceed her expectations and make a lasting impact on our profession, and on the lives of the children her research will help.”

For more information about the Dean’s Doctoral Research Fellowships, visit our Scholarships & Fellowships page.