Graduate Student Achievements
GSAS students have distinguished themselves as triathletes, made driving safer,
and have changed how the healthcare world views social media.
- Maryna Raskin, a GSAS child development doctoral candidate,
was awarded the APA's Lizette Peterson-Homer Injury Prevention Grant.
The one-year, $5,000 grant will support Raskin's research on child abuse
and neglect. Read more by clicking
- Biology doctoral student Christine Lattin received a 2011 EPA
Science To Achieve Results (STAR) Fellowship. The three-year award, bestowed
annually by the Environmental Protection Agency, consists of a yearly $25,000
stipend and $5,000 for research travel, meeting and conference expenses, and
other research-related costs. The EPA funding will allow Lattin to study how
shorebirds in the Gulf of Mexico are being affected by last year’s Deepwater
Horizon disaster, when an estimated 4.9 million barrels of oil were released
into the Gulf of Mexico. Read more by clicking
- The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) and the School of Engineering
awarded research grants-in-aid to fifteen graduate students during the spring
semester. Read more by clicking
- It's been an interesting year for GSAS urban and environmental
policy and planning student Julia Ledewitz. In August, she was one
of only twenty graduate students nationwide to receive a
2011 Switzer Foundation Fellowship, and in September she was named to the U.S.
World Triathlon Team for her age group. Ledewitz earned a spot after finishing
in the top twenty at the August 2011 U.S.A. Triathlon National Championships.
Read more by clicking here.
- Jill Plevinsky, a GSAS child development student, was
one of five individuals in the country chosen to participate in the
Mayo Clinic's Social Media Summit through its
Patient, Caregiver Scholarship program. Plevinsky, who has
Crohn's disease, was picked on the strength of a personal essay, her advocacy
work on behalf of more than 1.4 million
Americans who have Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, and her interest in
the role social media and online communities can play in engaging patient
communities. Read more by clicking here.
- Biology doctoral student Adam Thomas presented a poster at the July 2011
Genetic Recombination and Genome Rearrangements Conference held in Steamboat
Springs, Colorado. Thomas's poster was titled "Repair of Camptothecin-induced
DNA Damage in Drosophila melanogaster";
the poster explained Thomas's research on how cells repair DNA damage
caused by a drug called camptothecin. Read more by clicking
- In September 2011, graduate alumni Kristen Keilty, G01, Scott
Trudeau, A85, G98, and occupational
therapy graduate students came together with a single goal in mind: to help
make driving safer for older adults. Through a partnership involving the GSAS
Department of Occupational Therapy and the Emerson Hospital of Concord,
Massachusetts, Keilty brought the CarFit program to Tufts' Medford campus. Read
more by clicking here.
- Each year, the Center for Humanities at Tufts (CHAT) chooses two graduate students to
serve as fellows. The fellows for 2011 are Catherine Vrtis (drama) and
Erin Kappeler (English). As fellows, each received an $18,000
stipend and office space in the CHAT house; Vrtis and Kappeler will also have
the opportunity to present their work during an upcoming CHAT seminar. Read more
by clicking here.
- April Jewell, a GSAS chemistry doctoral student, received the Young Scientist
Prize at the 10th International Conference on the Structure of Surfaces (ICSOS-10)
in August 2011. Jewell received the prize—which is awarded to a current or recent Ph.D.
student in surface, interface, and nanostructure research—for her work developing a
"novel approach for controlling surface-based molecular self-assembly, rotation, and chirality. Read more by clicking