Graduate Students – Recent Headlines

Alum Receives National Recognition for Dissertation

Nick Sciullo, a Department of Communication alumnus, was recently awarded the Most Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Critical/Cultural Studies Division of the National Communication Association for his dissertation, “A Rhetorical Analysis of George Jackson’s Soledad Brother: A Class Critical and Critical Race Theory Investigation of Prison Resistance.” This honor makes Sciullo the first Department of… more »

Chemistry Ph.D. Student Recognized as National Role Model

Jalisa Holmes, a chemistry Ph.D. student, has been named a 2016 Minority Access National Role Model.

Minority Access is a nonprofit organization committed to increasing academic, research and employment opportunities for underrepresented groups. Through its National Role Models Project, Minority Access honors minority groups that are not widely recognized, such as scientists, researchers and innovators,… more »

Sociology Doctoral Student Receives Federal Reserve Bank Fellowship to Explore Urbanization

George R. Greenidge, Jr., a sociology Ph.D. student, was recently selected to join the Federal Reserve Bank (FRB) in Atlanta as an economic fellow for the summer and fall semesters. 

The fellowship, sponsored by the American Economic Association and the Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession (CSWEP), gives senior-level graduate… more »

Sociology Doctoral Student Receives Doris Duke Fellowship to Study African-American Fatherhood

Last year when sociology Ph.D. student Clinton Boyd, Jr. applied for the prestigious Doris Duke Fellowship for the Promotion of Child Well-Being, he wasn’t accepted. A year later, the Chicago-native is now a 2016 Doris Duke Fellow and proof that sometimes a denial is simply a delay in disguise. 

“I have to admit that… more »

Graduate Biology Student Wins Top Award at National Conference

ATLANTA—A Georgia State University graduate student has been awarded the Carol Litchfield Memorial Award for best student presentation in environmental microbiology at the annual meeting of the Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology.

Kyle Gabriel, an applied and environmental microbiology doctoral student in the Department of Biology at Georgia State, studies and develops novel microbial… more »

Jazz Student Wins Second Annual BMI Jazz Master Scholarship

Christopher Otts, a Georgia State University jazz studies M.A. student, recently received the second annual BMI Future Jazz Master Scholarship.

The BMI Future Jazz Master Scholarship is awarded annually to a rising jazz star pursuing an advanced academic degree in jazz studies or jazz performance.

Otts works as a teaching assistant in the Georgia State… more »

Ph.D. Student Travels to Mongolia to Improve Second Language Education

For David Chiesa, an applied linguistics Ph.D. student, summer break was not much of a break at all. And he’s okay with that.

Chiesa spent his summer in Mongolia working as the country’s first English Language Specialist for the U.S. Department of State, a position that would call for him to work long days and… more »

Ph.D. Student Honored for African American History Research

History Ph.D. student Kenja McCray was recently selected to receive the Association of Black Women Historians’ Drusilla Dunjee Houston Memorial Award for her dissertation chapter, “Education Didn’t Mean Having a Degree: It Meant Serving All of Humanity.” She received the award at the Centennial Conference of the Association for the Study of African American Life… more »

Georgia State Selected to Receive Support for Underrepresented Minority Doctoral Students

A couple of weeks ago, Professor Barbara Baumstark received a telephone call from the office of U.S. Senator David Perdue indicating that the university has been awarded a major grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) Program, which is funded through the grant, provides $748,195 to… more »

Grad Student Takes on CNN Fit Nation Triathlon

Chip Greenidge has undergone a nine-month transformation on CNN’s Fit Nation. Now he’s up against one final, grueling test.

George “Chip” Greenidge Jr. has watched one friend after another die in the prime of their life from complications of diabetes and high blood pressure, as well as cancer.

It was a wake-up call for the 44-year-old… more »