Student Highlights

Paige Alfonzo, Research Methods and Information Science PhD candidate, received the top paper award at the National Communication Association Convention for her presented co-authored paper, entitled “ASHE!: A media ecology of the 2015 University of Missouri Protests.” 

Sajjid Budhwani, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies PhD student, was selected by the University Council for Educational Administration as a Jackson Scholar. The University Council for Educational Administration Barbara Jackson Scholars program develops future faculty of color for the field of educational leadership and policy. 


Wala’a Buniyan, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies PhD candidate, was selected by the Barton Institute of Philanthropy and Social Enterprise at the University of Denver as a CiviCo Social Enterprise Fellow, with the goal of addressing social and economic challenges. 

Joanna Drinane, Counseling Psychology PhD student, received the Outstanding Graduate Student Research Award at the American Psychological Association 2018 Convention in San Francisco. 

Lee-André Garvin, Counseling Psychology MA student, was awarded a National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) minority fellowship. NBCC fellowships increase the number of culturally competent addictions and mental health counselors available to minority populations. 

Lam Huynh, Research Methods and Information Science PhD student, facilitated sessions at the inaugural Peacebuilding Monitoring & Evaluation Solutions Forum, hosted by the Peacebuilding Evaluation Consortium and the United States Institute of Peace. 

Jodie Wilson, Curriculum and Instruction PhD student, was voted onto the Executive Board of the American Association for Teaching and Curriculum, the national organization to promote the scholarly study of teaching and curriculum.

Shanelle Rodriguez and Jose A. Teniente, Child, Family, and School Psychology EdS students, were awarded the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) Education and Research Trust (ERT) Minority Scholarship at the Annual Convention. The NASP-ERT Minority Scholarship program supports the training of minority students pursuing degrees in school psychology. 

Amy Blakely, Higher Education EdD candidate; Seth Bumgarner, Higher Education MA student; Lauren Collins, Higher Education PhD student; Lauren Contreras, Higher Education PhD student; and Brenda Sifuentez, Higher Education PhD candidate, presented as members of the About Campus editorial team at the annual American College Personnel Association – College Educators International convention. About Campus is a bimonthly publication for educators who want to examine contemporary issues, policies, and practices that influence student learning in higher education. Its articles share important discoveries and insights into what makes a campus environment an effective place for students to learn and what can be done to better support students thriving on our individual and collective campuses. 

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