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Congratulations Students

An article acknowledging College of Education students for their accomplishments

(Compiled May 2008)


David Perez

David Perez II, a doctoral candidate in the Higher Education Program, was selected to serve as 2009 Graduate Student Fellows Chair Elect for the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE). The AAHHE Graduate Fellowship Program provides senior administrators, faculty, and graduate students with an opportunity to discuss issues, policies, programs, and research impacting Hispanic, Latina/o, and/or Chicana/o students in higher education.

Alex Yin

Alex Yin, a doctoral candidate in Higher Education, had won a 2008 AIR-NCES Fellowship for Graduate Study in Institutional Research. The fellowships are awarded by the Association for Institutional Research (AIR) and are funded by the National Center for Education statistics (NCES). AIR-NCES Fellowships are designed to promote graduate study that leads to careers in institutional research, thereby increasing the national level of expertise of institutional research officers and the data that they produce.

Wil Del Pilar

Wilfredo Del Pilar, Jr., graduate student in higher education, has been granted an American Council on Education (ACE) Graduate Internship this summer. Working in the ACE office in Washington, D.C., Del Pilar will be engaging in policy research, helping prepare briefing materials and working on projects related to access, equity and non-traditional students. “I hope this opportunity will expand my understanding of the relationships between policy, special interest, and legislators,” said Del Pilar. “This experience should assist me in developing knowledge that will influence policy, research, and practice for future generations.”

Sharon Melincavage

Sharon Melincavage, graduate student in the Adult Education program, won a second place award at this spring’s Graduate Exhibition program. Melincavage’s project, titled “Anxiety in Student Nurses in the Clinical Setting: A Phenomenological Study,” competed in the category of  Social & Behavioral Sciences.

Sponsored by the Penn State Graduate School, the Graduate Exhibition places special emphasis on communicating research to a general audience and offers an opportunity for graduate students to present their work in clear, comprehensive terms to people outside their fields. More than 200 graduate students participated in the competition. A complete list of the award winners is available online.


Monica Patterson

Monica Patterson, graduate student in College Student Affairs, has won the 2008 Ally Recognition Award from Penn State’s Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Equity (CLGBTE). For more information, see the complete story.

Benta Abuya

Benta Abuya, doctoral candidate in Educational Theory and Policy, has received a coveted Population Reference Bureau Fellowship, sponsored by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Abuya is scheduled to attend a two-week workshop in Washington, D.C., in June. Afterwards, she will conduct a yearlong research project, and later present her findings at a workshop prior to the 2009 Population Association of America Annual Meeting.

The Fellows Program aims to bridge the gap between research findings and the policy development process. It is open to doctoral-level students from developing countries. Abuya, a native of Kenya, most recently served in that country as head of the Department of Humanities at Our Lady Of Fatima School.

Min-Jong Youn

Min-Jong Youn, doctoral candidate in Educational Theory and Policy, has been selected by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) to participate in this summer’s database workshop training in Washington, D.C. The seminar provides researchers with opportunities to gain access to some of the most comprehensive education data resources in the nation. Out of some 140 applicants, only 16 were accepted.