Award Winners 2008

Presidential Awards (5 at $1,000)

Jeanna Mastrocinque, a doctoral student in the School of Criminal Justice, will use this funding for travel costs related to her dissertation research. Ms. Mastrocinque’s research addresses crime victims’ experiences in the criminal justice system and strategies for forming better U.S. policing policy.  

Bonghee Oh is a doctoral student in the Department of English. Ms. Oh will use her award to further her doctoral work. Her studies focus on feminist theory and early modern female novelists; the current title of her proposed dissertation is “Homelessness and Strangeness: Orphans and Strangers as Critical Potentialities in Charlotte Lennox, Frances Burney, Mary Wollstonecraft, and Mary Shelley.”

Giza Rodick is currently a fourth-year doctoral student at the School of Criminal Justice. Her dissertation consists of an analytic interpretation of the legal framings of the Right-to-Die movement in the United States between 1906 and 2006. She will use her award to cover travel costs associated with data collection from aid-in-dying organizations located in Denver, CO and Portland, OR.

Jennifer Rosenthal  is pursuing a doctoral degree in Curriculum and Instruction in Science Education at the Department of Educational Theory and Practice. Her funding will support her enrollment in a summer institute entitled, “Discovering Communities: Students, Digital Media and Place-Based Learning.”

Melisa Kiyamu Tsuchiya is a biological anthology graduate student. She will use this award to pay for costs associated with her dissertation research, “Endurance Performance in Peruvian Quechua,” which will test the effects of development in hypoxia as it relates to endurance performance phenotypes of Peruvian Quechua at high altitude. 



Endowed Awards

Louise C. and Earl M. Applegate Award
Jessica Lambert ($700) is a fourth-year doctoral student in the Division of Counseling Psychology. Her award will be used for costs associated with attending a clinical training seminar in Emotion Focused Couples Therapy (EFT). EFT is an empirically supported model of therapy that has been found to be beneficial for couples where one or both partners have trauma history.

Lillian Barlow Award
Jeehon Kim ($1000) will receive funds to cover expenses for attending an advanced statistical course entitled “Latent Trajectory/Growth Curve Analysis,” offered by the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research. Ms. Kim is a doctoral student in the School of Social Welfare.

Christine E. Bose and Edna Acosta-Belen IFW Feminist Research Award ($900) 
Ruth Scipione ($700) will use her awardfor costs related to field work in Mexico. Her dissertation project, “Variation in Spanish and Triqui,” is a pioneering study of an indigenous bilingual community in Sonora, Mexico. Ms. Scipione is a Ph.D. candidate in Spanish Linguistics.

Gloria R. DeSole Fund
Ms. Gladys Santiago-Tosado ($1000) is a Senior Academic Counselor/Instructor in the University’s Educational Opportunity Program. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her award will help defray costs associated with her research, entitled “Learning Social Responsibility in Higher Education: The Experience of One Institution in Puerto Rico.”

Ford Foundation IFW Women in Science Fellowship
Elizabeth Conklin-Ballester ($1000) 
is a graduate student in the Department of Public Health. This award will help Ms. Conklin-Ballester support expenses related to HIV/AIDS work in the Dominican Republic where she also founded the non-for-profit Community Service Alliance, which helps channel resources to small communities. 

Jennifer Gillen ($1000) is working on Master’s degree in Geological Sciences. Her research focuses on vegetated or “green” roofs which is an emerging technology with the primary objective of retaining precipitation, thus reducing storm water runoff in urban areas and alleviating sewage overflow problems. Her funding will be used for laboratory analysis of samples.

Michelle M. Macaraig ($900) is a doctoral student in the School of Public Health, specializing in Epidemiology. Ms. Macaraig will be working for three months at the Department of Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS at the National Research Institute of Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases in Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran. Her Ford award will help cover travel and living expenses.

Judy L. Genshaft IFW Award
Caitlin McGuire Reid ($500) is the Assistant to the Chair for the Department of Biomedical Sciences and the Department of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health. She is currently enrolled in the Masters of Science degree program in Higher Educational Administration. Her award will be used to attend the Higher Education Conference on Leadership at Drexel University.

Haynes-Davis Memorial Scholarship
Raenelle Love ($500) is an undergraduate seniorpursuing a dual major in Communications and Accounting. Ms. Love will use this award to assist with cost of purchasing textbooks.

Karen R. Hitchcock New Frontiers Fund 
Dana Basnight-Brown ($800) is a graduate student in the doctoral program in Cognitive Psychology. She will use this award to defray the costs of including experimental participants in her doctoral dissertation studies. Her work revolves around the ways in which bilinguals acquire and use their second language and how knowledge of a second language impinges on various representational and pragmatic qualities of the first.

Laura Bunyan ($500) is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Sociology. Her award will help her complete her dissertation studies. Her thesis entitled:” Modern Day Mary Poppins: Uncovering the Work of Nannies and the Expectations of Employers,” explores the work experience of live-in nannies and the relationships between these workers and their employers.

Teresa Dangwa ($700) is currently a fellow at the Center for Women in Government and Civil Service. She is working on a certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership. This award will help with her research initiatives in Zimbabwe where she will perform a needs assessment on the impact of AIDS on girls, widows and elderly women. 

Natalie Helbig ($500) is a program associate in the Center for Technology in Government and a doctoral candidate in the Department of Public Administration and Policy. This award will be used to purchase atlas.ti software for qualitative coding and analysis in her research.

Erica Hunter ($500) will use this funding to attend the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association to present a paper from her dissertation, “Courtship and the Process of Becoming Engaged.”

Ji Eun Lee ($600) is a Master’s student in the Division of Counseling Psychology, Department of Educational & Counseling Psychology. This scholarship will support travel and research expenses related to attending the 2008 International Counseling Psychology Conference. Her research is entitled, “Facilitating Adoptee Connection to Culture of Origin: The Content and Process for Adoptive Parents.”

Suzanne M. Levine ($500) is working towards a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction in Science and Mathematics at the Department of Educational Theory and Practice, School of Education. This award will enable Ms. Levine to purchase software for her dissertation analysis. In this study, she will perform a mixed methods textual analysis aimed at characterizing the differences between high school and college level science via a science content analysis of textbooks.

Alison Looby ($700) is a third-year doctoral student of clinical psychology with a focus on substance abusing populations. Her award will help cover travel and research expenses to attend this year’s College on Problems of Drug Dependence. Ms. Looby participated in the poster presentation with a session entitled, “Gender Moderates Stereotype Threat in Cannabis Users.”

Christina Muñiz de la Peña ($700) will use her award to present the results of a research project, entitled “Assessing ‘Split’ Alliances Using the System for Observing Family Therapy Alliances in Brief Conjoint Family Therapy,” at the 2008 International Conference of the Society for Psychotherapy Research. This paper will also be submitted for publication inPsychotherapy Research, theSociety for Psychotherapy Research’s international journal.

Jennifer A.L. Newman ($500) is a graduate student in the Department of Anthropology. Her research is an innovative study of Mayan ceramics, within which, she will explore vessel function using cutting-edge analytical techniques rather than stylistic aspects of the pieces. Her award provides funds to purchase camera equipment needed for a visual record of the vessels, since they cannot be removed from their source country.

Basak Ozgenc ($500) is a third-year graduate student in the Department of Sociology. Her award will be used to compensate interview participants in her study entitled, “Intersectionality in the Capital District: Immigrant Women’s Experiences of Race, Gender and Work.”

Kerrin S. Roy ($800) will apply her IFW award to data collection and analysis costs incurred by her dissertation research. Ms. Roy’s scholarly interests examine the social cognitive factors associated with the development of social justice interest and commitment.

Catherine Snyder ($500) is a doctoral student in the Department of Educational Theory and Practice, School of Education. Her award will be used for research costs associated with her dissertation, “National Board Support Groups as an Arena for Teacher Transformation.” This study looks at the changes that take place in teachers who pursue National Board certification through formal support groups.

Katerina Tsakiri ($500) is studying the main atmospheric factor for the air pollution in Albany, New York by using principal component analysis. This award will allow Ms. Tsakiri to present the results of her research at the American Mathematical Statistical Conference.

Honoring Our Mothers Fund 
D’Andrea Brooks ($500) is a single mother of three small children. She works as an Education Specialist at the University’s Professional Development Program. Ms. Brooks is currently working on a Master of Science in Education and will apply her award to tuition costs.

Ileana Camelia Lenart ($1000) is a Ph.D. student in the Department of History. Ms. Lenart’s award supports the costs associated with presenting and publishing her research findings. This research supports the reception in Europe of Martha Graham, her company, and her modern choreography during the 1950s. Camelia has found that Europeans were rejecting not only an American challenge to established modes in dance but also a women’s assertion of equal standing in a cultural world virtually monopolized by men.

The Bernice Mosbey Peebles '39 Scholarship Award
Stephanie J. Burkes ($1000) will use her award for tuition and other expenses to pursue her Master’s degree in Curriculum Development and Instructional Technology at Empire State College. Ms. Burkes is currently an instructor in the Department of Computer Training Services for the Professional Development Program. In her application, she noted that she wants to continue teaching, “because I genuinely love teaching and am committed to motivating and encouraging students through my teaching/instruction.”

Initiatives For Women Endowment Award 
Gina Penly Hall ($600) is a Ph.D. student in the School of Criminal Justice where she is investigating the gap between the understanding of offender motivations and traditional explanations for the spatial distribution of crime. This award will help to cover travel expenses to attend the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology where she will be able to disseminate preliminary findings from her dissertation research.

Rachel S. Harris ($500) is an assistant professor of Hebrew Literature and Language in the Department of Judaic Studies. She will use this award to help defray the costs associated with her work on the Hebrew Resource Bank Pedagogy Project.

Jessica M. Nicklin ($500) is a student in the Ph.D. program in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. She has advanced to candidacy and is currently working on her dissertation which examines the self-regulation of task motivation and performance. Ms. Nicklin’s award will provide assistance with attending the annual meeting of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

Kelly O. Secovnie ($800) is a graduate student in the Department of English. This award will complement funding from a Fulbright-Hays fellowship in the Intensive Advanced Yorùbá Group Projects Abroad program. This experience will enhance her dissertation research entitled, “Translating the Transatlantic: West African Literary Approaches to African-American Identity.”

Gargi Shinde ($600) is an adjunct lecturer in the University’s Department of Theatre. This award helps her to defray costs of professional tools for and attendance at the Lincoln Center/Museum of Modern Art Film Festival for the premiere of her film, "Frozen River".  Ms. Shinde is an actress in this film.


General Awards

Corrina C. Duvall ($600) will be using her award to purchase the study package for the Professional Practice in Psychology produced by the Association for Advanced Training in the Behavioral Sciences. This will help her reach goals of completing her doctoral degree in School Psychology and becoming a licensed psychologist in the State of New York.



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