Congratulations to the graduate students and faculty honored at the Graduate School Awards and participants of the Graduate Showcase of Scholarship and Creative Activities!

Both events highlight the important contributions that graduate students make to the JMU community.

Thank you to the faculty and students who support the Graduate Showcase and Awards as program planners, reviewers and members of the juries.

We are proud of the accomplishments of all our graduate students.

2019 AWARDEES

Outstanding Dissertation Awards

Education, Social Sciences, and Humanities

Danika Pfeiffer 
Communication Sciences and Disorders, Ph.D.
Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Stacey Pavelko and Dr. Carol Dudding

The Effects of an Interprofessional Emergent Writing Intervention for Preschoolers

STEM, Health, and Behavioral Studies

Gregory Harris 
Strategic Leadership, Ph.D.
Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Benjamin Selznick

Perceived Principal Servant Leadership and Teacher Stress

Outstanding Thesis Awards

Art and Music

Jon M. Stapleton
Music, M.M.
Thesis Advisor: Dr. John Hathcoat

Music Making, Teaching, and Learning in Chiptune Communities

Education, Social Sciences, and Humanities

Kathryn Shedden
Communication and Advocacy, M.A.
Thesis Advisor: Dr. Melissa Aleman

(In) visibility and Meaning in Food Labor: A Feminist Autoethnography

STEM, Health, and Behavioral Studies

Nikole Gregg
Psychological Sciences, M.A.
Thesis Advisor: Dr. John Hathcoat

Beyond Motivation: Differences in Score Meaning between Assessment Conditions   

The Graduate School Innovation Award

Stevie Shickel Lee
Sport and Recreation Leadership, M.S.
Nominated by: Dr. Julie Wallace-Carr

The Graduate School Community Engagement Award

Janet M. Hostetter
Music, D.M.A.
Nominated by: Dr. Jonathan Gibson

The Graduate School Civic Engagement Award

Everett Brubaker 
Communication and Advocacy, M.A.
Nominated by: Dr. Pete Bsumek

Graduate Showcase of Scholarship & Creative Activity Awards

Graduate student presenters were awarded top honors from a jury of faculty and graduate students.

Top Presentation Awards

Bailie Lavan 
Psychological Sciences, M.A.
Project Advisor: Dr. Patrice Ludwig
Examining the effect of interstitial space on Eastern oysters using photogrammetry

Caroline Prendergast 
Assessment and Measurement, Ph.D.
Project Advisor: Dr. Keston Fulcher
Improving Learning Improvement: Sustaining Efforts Through Kotter’s Change Model

Kathryn Thompson 
Psychological Sciences, M.A.
Project Advisor: Dr. Brian C. Leventhal
Distractor Analysis: A Comparison of CTT and IRT

Top Poster Awards

Morgan Vega Gomez 
Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication, M.A.
Project Advisor: Dr. Cathryn Molloy
Social Justice Activism through Creativity, Communication, and Literacy

Lisa K. Hajdasz 
Adult Education/Human Resource Development, M.S. Ed.
Project Advisor: Dr. Noorie Brantmeier
Examining the Relationship between Technostress and the Effectiveness of Organizational Communication

Kendall Perez 
Adult Education/Human Resource Development, M.S. Ed.
Project Advisor: Dr. Noorie Brantmeier
Assessing the Mental Health Awareness and Training Needs of College Professors

Graduate Student Association IMPACT Awards

Outstanding Graduate Student

Olivia Di Iorio
Occupational Therapy

Outstanding Graduate Faculty

Dr. Mata-Toledo
Professor, Computer Science

Outstanding Graduate Program

Physician Assistant Program


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