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,
"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
"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
identify the specific contribution
of the work to the field,
verify that the work has
been approved by the student's
certify that the work is
primarily that of the student.
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 five-member panel
of judges, the composition of the
panel is three graduate faculty members
with experience reviewing scholarly/creative
works from various disciplines (at
least one from GSC); one of the two
GSC student representatives, and
the Dean of the Graduate Studies.
General criteria for award
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
rigor of the research design,
analysis and conclusions (as
creativity in project design
and replication potential (if
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
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