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Old Dominion University's Office of Graduate Studies has awarded 10 University Graduate Fellowships, valued at $20,000 each, and eight Dissertation Fellowships, valued at up to $18,000 each, for the 2005-06 academic year.

This marks the first year for granting these one-year awards, which are part of an overall effort to attract more top students to the university's graduate programs and enhance ODU's national recognition.

"These students are among the top graduate students at Old Dominion University and we are proud to recognize their talents and accomplishments by awarding them University Fellowships.," said Philip Langlais, vice provost for graduate studies and research. "This type of recognition and the level of stipend awarded to these students sends a message that ODU is committed to increasing the quality and reputation of its graduate programs. We have outstanding faculty and students and we intend to increase their numbers over the next several years through programs like these."

The University Graduate Fellowships were presented to the "best and brightest" students who were either entering or already enrolled in a doctoral/terminal program at Old Dominion. Each of the recipients received a $15,000 nonservice stipend and $5,000 for tuition and fees.

The Dissertation Fellowships are aimed at increasing the publication and dissemination of students' scholarly accomplishments. Recipients received a $15,000 nonservice fellowship and up to $3,000 to cover registration, travel and lodging associated with presenting their dissertation or original work at a major conference or venue. The recipients are also required to present their dissertations/exhibits at an event sponsored by the Office of Graduate Studies that is open to the campus and local communities.

Recipients of the University Graduate Fellowships are:

• Margot Ackerman
Program: Applied experimental psychology
Adviser: Jennifer Morrow
Current city of residence: Richmond
Hometown: Wilmington, N.C.
Degrees received: B.A. in psychology, Wake Forest University; M.A. in
English, University of North Carolina-Wilmington; M.S. in psychology, Old
Dominion University

• Amber Maureen Buckley
Program: Physical therapy
Adviser: George Maihafer
Current city of residence: Norfolk
Hometown: Virginia Beach
Degrees received: B.S. in psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University

• Evan Campbell
Program: International studies
Adviser: Jie Chen
Current city of residence: Revere, Mass.
Hometown: Essex, Mass.
Degrees received: B.A. in history and M.A. in history of modern Europe,
University of Massachusetts-Amherst

• Mahantesh Halappanavar
Program: Computer science
Adviser: Alex Pothen
Current city of residence: Norfolk
Hometown: Belgaum, Karnataka, India
Degrees received: Bachelor's in engineering from BLDEA College of
Engineering and Technology, Bijapur, India

• Saptarshi Mandal
Program: Mechanical engineering
Adviser: Gene Hou
Current city of residence: Norfolk
Hometown: Hyderabad, India
Degrees received: Bachelor's in marine engineering, Marine Engineering and
Research Institute, Calcutta, India

• Julie Ray
Program: Ecological sciences
Adviser: Alan Savitzky
Current city of residence: Norfolk
Hometown: Chippewa Falls, Wis.
Degrees received: B.S. in biology, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point;
M.S. in biological sciences, Northern Illinois University

• Lisa A. Row
Program: Urban services (planning to change to education)
Adviser: John Ritz
Current city of residence: Suffolk
Hometown: Harrisburg, Pa.
Degrees received: B.S. in psychology, University of Florida; M.A. in
teaching (psychology), Troy State University; M.A. in national security and
strategic studies, Naval War College

• Praveen Sankaran
Program: Electrical and computer engineering
Adviser: Vijayan Asari
Current city of residence: Norfolk
Hometown: Kollam, Kerala, India
Degrees received: Bachelor's in applied electronics and instrumentation,
MES College of Engineering/University of Calicut

• Qian Sun
Program: Finance
Adviser: Kae Chung
Current city of residence: Norfolk
Hometown: Wuhan, Hubei, China
Degrees received: Bachelor's in economics, Zhongnan University of Economics
and Law

• Leying Zhang
Program: Environmental engineering
Adviser: Laura Harrell
Current city of residence: Norfolk
Hometown: Hengdian/Dongyang, Zhejiang, China
Degrees received: B.S., Hefei University of Technology

Among the Dissertation Fellowship recipients are:

• Sailm Balik
Program: Physics
Adviser: Mark Havey
Current city of residence: Norfolk
Hometown: Safranbolu, Karabuk, Turkey
Degrees received: Bachelor's, Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey

• Steve Hans
Program: Mechanical engineering
Adviser: Sebastian Bawab
Current city of residence: Chesapeake
Hometown: Chesapeake
High school: Salem High School (1993)
Degrees received: B.S. in mechanical engineering, Old Dominion University

• Janice Ranne
Program: Health services research
Adviser: Clare Houseman
Current city of residence: Yorktown
Hometown: Yorktown and Wenatchee, Wash.
Degrees received: Bachelor's degree in speech pathology and audiology,
Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville; master's in speech pathology,
University of Maryland

• Weiying Zhu
Program: Electrical and computer engineering
Adviser: Min Song
Current city of residence: Norfolk
Hometown: Wuhan, Hubei, China
Degrees received: B.S. in electrical engineering, Xi'an Jiaotong
University, China

Other Dissertation Fellowship recipients include: Larry Carter of Virginia Beach, Sonja Sray of Chesapeake, and Ellen Carpenter and Deborah Hutchinson of Norfolk.

This article was posted on: November 9, 2005

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