Office of Graduate Studies


Graduate Studies Research Award Recipients- Spring 2015

Jolene Carr earned a master’s in Professional Writing Program College of Liberal Arts
In her thesis, The Rhetorical Sites of Polonian Women’s Collaboration and Consciousness-Building in Baltimore, Ms. Carr explored how Polish immigrant women who settled along our city’s eastside used traditionally feminine domestic, maternal, and benevolent traits as rhetorical devices in the public and private spheres. The thesis begins with a walking tour that provides the women a sense of place in order to build a collective identity, followed by a discussion of their participation in ethnic organizations and their work in canneries. She now is an editor at Words & Numbers where she develops courses for online learning).

Bradley Yost earned a master’s of science degree in Applied Physics. In his thesis, Ferrofluid in Applied Magnetic Field: Hyperbolic Metamaterial, Bradley Yost explored how to create hyperbolic metamaterials. A hyperbolic metamaterial is a material that has unique optical properties which cause the material to show maximum transmission for one polarization direction of light, and minimum transmission for the opposite polarization direction of light. Metamaterials usually are very difficult to make because of their sound, optical, acoustic properties. Using ferrofluid, he demonstrated an easy way to create a metamaterial. Ferrofluids are fluids that contain many small spherical magnetic nanoparticles which form columns when a magnetic field is applied. He also demonstrated additional unique optical properties of the ferrofluid while it was within a magnetic field.

Bradley Yost believes that his time at Towson University allowed him to reach his academic goal by giving him the opportunity to work in a research lab, learn new research techniques and apply what he learned in the classroom. He now is a physicist with the Department of the Navy at Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Southern Maryland, in the Photonics and Fiber Optics Research Lab.

Jiaqi Zhou earned a master’s of art in experimental Psychology. As part of her thesis entitled Relationship Entitlement and its Associations with Quality of Romantic Relationships she explored how a sense entitlement among college students influence the romantic relationships. Scholars have noted that a sense of entitlement has become prevalent among today’s young adults. Ms. Zhou found that young adults who demonstrated entitled attitudes functioned less competently in romantic relationships and struggled with their overall social adjustment to college. She presented her results at two national conventions - the Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood and the Society for Research in Child Development. She has also submitted a manuscript based on her research to the American Psychological Association journal entitled Psychoanalytic Psychology. Jiaqi has also been accepted to the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program at SUNY Stonybrook,

Henry Michaels earned a Master’s in Music Performance. As part of his graduate, "The Introspective Sonatas: Understanding Paul Hindemith's Sonata for Trombone and Piano in Light of Its Historical Context," he sought to explain some of the peculiarities of this piece of music as the composer's reaction to his tenuous situation in Nazi Germany and his subsequent emigration to the United States. The goal is that a performer could use this information to inform the interpretation of the piece. He currently a PhD student in Musicology at the University of California, Santa Barbara . It was while attending Towson University that he decided to pursue musicology, receiving much support from my faculty mentors and advisors to aspire to achieve his goal.


Graduate Studies Research Award Guidelines

Every year in the spring semester, the Graduate Studies Committee presents awards for graduate students based on their major scholarly work, as described:

"The award is an opportunity to honor outstanding scholarly and creative works by graduate students, either applied or research-based. Papers or applied, visual, or creative art projects should be focused on areas of importance in the student's discipline. The format should be consistent with discipline/program guidelines.

"To be eligible for consideration, all papers must have gone through a formal program review/defense process and be approved by the respective faculty committee as meeting the requirements of the program. Nominees must either be currently enrolled in a graduate degree program or, more likely, must have completed their studies no more than one year before the time of the paper/project submission.

"Student papers/projects must be formally nominated, in writing, by the Program Director or Department Chair, using procedures for nominations established by the Department. Nominations must be submitted by April 7 and include:

----at least an abstract of the paper/brief project description—though a full electronic copy of the work is preferred, and

----a letter of nomination to the Dean of Graduate Studies and the Graduate Studies Committee. In the letter, the Program Director/Department Chair should:

  1. identify the specific contribution of the work to the field,
  2. verify that the work has been approved by the student's thesis/project/dissertation faculty committee and,
  3. certify that the work is primarily that of the student.

(NOTE: Electronic submissions are preferred—send to )

Other entry materials may include but are not limited to publication-ready manuscripts, visual displays of concepts, graphic designs, photographs, interactive media projects, CD-ROMs, DVDs, and websites."

Please note that nominated work should be a dissertation, thesis, or graduate project, or represent an equivalent amount of work. Normally, papers for individual classes would not be considered substantial enough for this competition. If you wish to nominate work which is not a dissertation, thesis, or project, you should include justification for the committee's consideration of this work.

A subcommittee of the Graduate Studies Committee will review submissions to determine the winners. The committee will consist of a four-member panel of judges, the composition of the panel is two graduate faculty members with experience reviewing scholarly/creative works from various disciplines (at least one from GSC); one GSC student representative, and the Dean of the Graduate Studies.

General criteria for award selection:

  • significance of the ideas, issues and/or objectives of the work (to be specified in the document and letter of nomination)
  • relevance and/or potential benefit to the field/practice
  • quality of writing, technical execution
  • rigor of the research design, analysis and conclusions (as applicable)
  • creativity in project design and replication potential (if applicable)
  • the overall quality of the student's work and its consistency with meritorious recognition."

The award will include a check for $200. Five awards will be granted each year. The awards will be presented at the Student Research Expo in late April.

Work must be completely finished and approved, so work in progress that may be coming for May graduation will have to wait for next year's awards. Students who graduate d in Spring or Summer of the preceding year or January or Spring of the current graduating year are eligible






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