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Graduate Student News

The College of Education is proud of the many accomplishments of its graduate students and recent graduates.  Here we are highlighting just a few of their accomplishments. If you have any suggestions for future postings, please contact Suzi Barcenas, Coordinator of Academic Support Services at (305) 348-2723.

  • David Romero began the Sports Management Masters in Summer 2014 and in Fall 2015 graduated as the first Colombian student to earn a Master’s degree in Sports Management from FIU. Currently and during his graduate studies, David also runs his own small business in Bogota, Colombia called Dream Events, Sports & Business. His company organizes, develops and executes sporting and recreational events for both the private and public sectors. Before moving to Miami, David was working as a Sports Director with the Colombian Basketball Federation. Congratulations, David on all of your successes!

  • Gail Hansen helped launch the Empower Service Excellence recognition tool. This has been a project of hers for more than a year as a component of the President’s Service Excellence Task Force. In the first 48 hours, 829 employees registered and 179 Service Excellence recognition certificates were sent out by FIU employees to other employees. Additionally, 4 “Worlds Ahead” ideas have been submitted!

  • Vicenta Shepard, doctoral candidate in the Language, Literacy, and Culture program, and her graduate assistant, Christina Taylor, presented data on the success of the Reading Enhancement Workshops at the Center for Academic Success at the National College Learning Center Association (NCLCA) conference in Milwaukee, WI. Through content area reading workshops, students learn the fundamentals in study skills for the General Biology curriculum. Collaboration between the Reading & Learning Program and general biology faculty has demonstrated an improvement in passing rates of at least 20% for General Biology I and II.

  • Carolyn Meeker was selected to present at the 98th NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education) Annual Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana in March 2016. Her proposal titled “Demonstrating Strengths and Confidence in Resumes and Interviews” will be one of three sessions sponsored by NASPA’s New Professionals and Graduate Students Knowledge Community. She will be co-presenting with a colleague, Deepak Sharma, who works in the UC Berkeley LEAD Center, as Coordinator for Student Organization Advising & Leadership Development.

  • Jose Pombo is currently in the process of developing H-P-S-T Framework (Historic, Philosophic, Societal, and Takeaway Framework). This framework is primarily for document analysis and can be best described as a pedagogical guide used to interpret and understand historical narrative producing an authentic learning experience in a history or social studies learning environment. He has presented this research along with his mentor, Dr. Sarah Mathews, at the FCSS (Florida Council for the Social Studies) Conference in Orlando (October of 2015) and will be presenting at NCSS (National Council for the Social Studies) Conference in New Orleans this November.

Jennifer Hoyte
  • The Office of Graduate Studies is pleased to recognize Curriculum and Instruction Ph. D. candidate and Fulbright Scholar, Jennifer Hoyte. As part of the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program, Jennifer will be teaching Philosophy and Issues in the Teaching of Mathematics at the University of Guyana. Through this program, Jennifer has reactivated Guyana's U.S. Fulbright Scholar program and will serve as Guyana's first Fulbright Scholar in 20 years! Congratulations Jennifer!

Daniela Ottati
  • The Office of Graduate Studies would like to recognize Daniela Ottati for receiving a Proclamation from the City of Aventura recognizing her achievements. Congratulations, Daniela, for your Worlds Ahead representation of the College of Education and FIU.

Elizabeth Willis
  • The Office of Graduate Studies would like to recognize Curriculum and Instruction Doctoral Student, Elizabeth Willis. She recently published her third article, An Empathetic Beginning in Education: Exploring the Prospects of Self-Regulation Skills on Pro-Social Behaviour in the Early Childhood Environment, in the prestigious journal Early Child Development and Care. Congratulations, Elizabeth, on this wonderful accomplishment.

    Elizabeth's article can be found at:
Yu Zhang
  • Graduate Student and Graduate Assistant Yu Zhang was awarded First-Place for Oral Presentation in Humanities Categories at the 2015 FIU Annual Scholarly Forum. She has been presenting her research at various conferences over the course of 2014 and 2015. Most recently, she presented her work at the 2015 FIU Annual Scholarly Forum and at the 2015 Statewide Graduate Research Symposium at University of Central Florida in Orlando. Her project on Cultural Perspectives in 21st Century Literature Teaching and Learning has also been selected as top research project by the Graduate Dean at FIU. Congratulations, Yu, on all of your wonderful accomplishments!
Daniela Ottati
  • This spring, Daniela Ottati will be formally recognized as one of FIU's Worlds Ahead graduates during her commencement ceremony on May 3rd, 2015. Throughout her time at FIU, Daniela has earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, a Master of Science in Mass Communication, and an Educational Specialist in Curriculum and Instruction. She will cap off her decade-long educational journey at FIU with a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction. Congratulations, Daniela, on being Worlds Ahead!"
Seth Manthey
  • Seth Manthey, Curriculum and Instruction-Science Education PhD student, won second place in the humanities category at the Florida International University 2014 Scholarly Forum for his talk on "Undergraduate General Biology Students' Attitudes Towards Biology."
Daniela Ottati
  • Daniela Ottati, Curriculum and Instruction PhD student, won second place in the social sciences category at the Florida International University 2014 Scholarly Forum for her talk on "Qualitative Inquiry of the Geography Perceptions of Freshman Students at Florida International University."
Jennifer Mills
  • Jennifer Mills was awarded the 2013 STAPP Scholarship by the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAEE) for her commitment to the field of environmental education and her potential as a future leader in the field.
  • The Miami-Dade Commission named Alexandre Lopes Miami-Dade County Public School’s Teacher of the Year. He was later named Macy’s Florida Department of Education Teacher of the Year for 2013 and is now a finalist for the National Teacher of the Year Award. Lopes teaches at Carol City Elementary School in the Learning Experiences: Alternative Program (LEAP) and educates autistic pre-kindergarten students.
Nathan Samuels
  • In March 2012, Natan Samuels won the second place award for his education presentation at the FIU Scholarly Forum.  He presented a description of pre-service elementary teachers changing their teaching and learning preferences throughout a semester in a science content and methodscourse.
  • In March 2012, Karen Wollard was the co-winner of the Outstanding Issue Award for the Peer-Reviewed Journal, Advances in Developing Human Resources. Karen was co-editor of the issue and contributed two articles, as well.
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