Hooding and Awards Ceremony
Saturday, May 17, 2014
Wait Chapel, Reynolda Campus
This years Hooding and Award Ceremony was held on a beautiful spring day and enjoyed by all who attended. Participants included graduates from August and December 2013, as well as May 2014. Graduates on the Bowman Gray campus consisted of 41 PhD's and 25 master's degrees; along with 5 PhD's and 110 master's graduates from the Reynolda campus.
Outstanding Doctoral Student Award
Dr. Erin Sue Calipari
This student has been identified as being outstanding in research, productivity and quality. Although the award is for excellence in the student’s research program in general, special emphasis in selecting the recipient is given to the dissertation in terms of originality, importance and potential influence on the student’s field. Other factors that are considered in conferring this award are academic record, activity in the discipline, and university and departmental citizenship. The award’s monetary prize is made possible through gifts from alumni and friends to the Gordon A. Melson Outstanding Doctoral Student Award Fund of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
"The committee was very impressed by your research, which showed that dopamine transporter levels predict the reinforcing efficacy and neurochemical potency of dopamine releaser drugs such as amphetamine, and suggested that individuals with elevated dopamine transporter levels may be especially vulnerable to developing substance use disorders. You’ve produced very interesting data and 9 publications, 6 of which were first authored. A senior faculty member characterized you as among our most driven and gifted students.
The committee was also impressed that you have honored the spirit of the Melson Award with your contributions to the educational mission of the University through your participation in outreach and service, including outreach to the local community, playing a role in local “Brain Awareness” activities in schools and elsewhere in the community."
Outstanding Master's Student Award
Ms. Erika Lynn Griffith
Department of Health and Exercise Science
This student has been identified as being outstanding in terms of academic record, activity in the discipline, as well as university and departmental citizenship. Furthermore, the student’s research productivity and quality have been deemed exceptional. The award’s monetary prize is made possible through gifts from alumni and friends to the Gordon A. Melson Outstanding Master’s Student Award Fund of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
"Erika, your academic performance is clearly impressive, and you have been described as a clear and insightful leader in the classroom. Your research contributions are remarkable, involving not only your thesis project in the LIFE study, but also including significant contributions to various other trials. I especially applaud your supervision of four undergraduate interns and your presentations at national and regional conferences. The faculty in Health and Exercise Science are glowing in their description of your departmental citizenship. In short, I cannot imagine a better ambassador for the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences."
Faculty Excellence Award
Dr. Deborah Newsome
Association Professor, Counseling
This award is presented to the faculty member whom the Graduate Student Association has selected as having done the most to promote excellence in graduate education this past year.
"Dr. Newsome is recognized for her never-ending commitment to teaching and her exemplary mentoring of graduate students, while serving as Associate Professor and Director of the Clinical Mental Health Program in the Department of Counseling.
Students have described Dr. Newsome as lighthearted, genuine, receptive, encouraging, open, and truly professional. She treats students with kindness, honesty, and respect. Many acknowledged her encouragement and support as their inspiration for furthering their educations pursuing doctoral degrees."
Commencement ExercisesMonday, May 21, 2014
Thomas K. Hearn Jr. Plaza, Reynolda Campus