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The Office of Graduate Studies in John Carroll University's College of Arts & Sciences is pleased to announce the following student honors and appointments.


Maggie Hantak '11 received a Gaige Award from the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (ASIH) to partially fund her field research project in Costa Rica this summer. She was granted this award based on a proposal that she submitted describing her M.S. research project. Hantak's proposal was one of only a few selected from a pool of more than 60 applicants from around the country. ASIH is the largest scientific organization for the study of ichthyology and herpetology in the U.S. Albina Khasanova '12G will start a position with the USDA-Agricultural Research Service in Temple, Texas, as a research assistant. Duties will include operating and maintaining an experimental rainfall manipulation facility, measuring switchgrass growth and ecophysiological characteristics, operating and maintaining field instrumentation, and managing and summarizing data. Rachael Glover will spend her summer in Davis, Calif., working on a collaborative project with Dr. Brenda Grewell (USDA-ARS Exotic and Invasive Weeds unit). She will be studying clonal integration in the aquatic invasive weed, Ludwigia hexapetala.

Education and Allied Studies

Hannah Kam '11 has been awarded a prestigious Graduate Innovative Learning Fellowship from the Cleveland Clinic’s Office of Civic Education Initiatives. This fellowship program recognizes outstanding achievements of degree candidates in selected graduate programs that promote bringing their scholarship to benefit K–12 education programming. Kam will engage in a yearlong fellowship developing and delivering informal science curricula to local school districts. Gregory Nachman '09 was awarded the Sally Wertheim Scholarship, which recognizes an outstanding graduate student in one of John Carroll's education programs who not only demonstrates scholarship, character, and commitment to others—qualities steeped in the Jesuit mission—but who also seeks to enhance, and shows promise for improving, the educational experiences of children and youth. Luke Smrdel was awarded the Hoffman Scholarship, which recognizes and supports an outstanding graduate student in John Carroll's Educational Administration program in anticipation of the contributions the recipient will make as a future school administrator.


Jacob King's work with a high school poetry slam team was the basis of a scholarly article published in the May 2012 issue of the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy. Claire McBroom '12G, who won the English department award for best graduate student essay, will begin a Ph.D. program at Case Western Reserve University. Jennifer Stutzman '12G will teach senior English classes at Triway High School in Wooster, Ohio, including dual-credit (high school/college) first-year composition courses through the University of Akron-Wayne College. Andrew Todd '12G will begin a Ph.D. program at the University of Tennessee. He also presented a paper at the Sigma Tau Delta convention in New Orleans and won an award for the second-best essay in American literature.

David Young presented the paper "Debasing The Shoah: Sex, Violence, and Historicity in Independent Holocaust Film" at the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference in Boston on April 13.

Theology and Religious Studies

Jared Ward '12G has been accepted into a doctoral program in Asian Studies at Kent State University beginning fall 2012.