2023 News

  • Villanova Liberal Studies Master’s Degree Helps Recent Grad Align Career and Life Goals with Personal Values

    May 17, 2023 - Krista Cantrell ’22 MA began her graduate studies in the summer of 2020, in the midst of a global pandemic and civil unrest. During this time of isolation and uncertainty, Villanova’s master’s program in Liberal Studies served as both an opportunity to connect with others and as a path to align her career with her personal values of equity and justice. Cantrell’s academic excellence led to her induction into the National Honor Society of the Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs, and, today, she works for a national nonprofit focused on changing the conversation about mental health.

  • Villanova University Graduates First Theology PhD Cohort

    May 16, 2023 - On Saturday, May 20, 2023, the three inaugural graduates of the Villanova University doctoral program in Theology will gather on stage at the Master's and Doctoral Degree Commencement and Recognition Ceremony inside Villanova Stadium. University President the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, ’75 CLAS, will bestow upon them their academic hoods—a symbolic act recognizing their successful completion of the program and their transition from students to colleagues of the faculty. The Rev. Rebecca Irwin-Diehl '23 PhD, Andre Price '23 PhD and Sister Theresa Dung Trang, LHC, '23 PhD, who all entered the program in 2017, will make history as the first cohort of Theology PhD students to graduate.

  • Chemistry Master's Student Advances to 3MT Nationals

    May 5, 2023 - Villanova University graduate Chemistry student Eliana Uriona was the first runner-up at the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools (NAGS) Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition on April 28, 2023. Uriona advances to the Council of Graduate Schools national 3MT competition in December.

  • Scholarly Publishing, a Broadway Debut and a New Opera for Villanova Theatre Faculty

    April 11, 2023 - The Villanova Department of Theatre and Studio Art boasts faculty who are accomplished scholars in the field and acclaimed practitioners of the craft. This spring, Associate Professor James Ijames, MFA, debuted his Pulitzer-winning play FAT HAM on Broadway; Associate Professor Chelsea Phillips, MFA, PhD, published two articles in scholarly journals; Assistant Professor Bess Rowen, PhD, edited and contributed an introduction to a revised edition of A Streetcar Named Desire; and Assistant Professor Peter Hilliard, BM, MFA, composed a new opera, Inbox Zero.

  • Supportive Community, Faculty Connections Key to English Graduate Student’s Academic Growth and PhD Program Acceptance

    April 10, 2023 - Whether it is because of similar research interests, connections within the field or other, more nuanced factors, faculty play a large role in students’ choice of graduate school and are also instrumental in shaping the graduate student experience. Villanova English master’s student Theo Campbell '23 MA points to the kindness, generosity and support of Villanova faculty for helping them to flourish as a scholar and to gain acceptance to the English PhD program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where they will be starting in the fall.

  • Psychology Master's Student Earns NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

    April 4, 2023 - Villanova Psychology master's student Grace Gervino '23 MS earned a prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF-GRF) for her research examining the neural bases of stuttering. The NSF-GRFP is the country’s oldest fellowship program that directly supports graduate students in various STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields. Gervino's application was selected out of a national pool of applicants as one of the best in her field.

  • Psychology Thesis Award Winner Honored for Serotonin Deficiency Research

    April 3, 2023 - The Villanova University Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences is pleased to announce Allison Warner '22 MS as this year's Ingeborg L. and O. Byron Ward Outstanding Thesis Award winner. This award honors one Psychology master's student each year for a particularly excellent thesis and thesis project.

  • Chemistry Master's Student Wins 2023 Villanova Three Minute Thesis Competition

    March 17, 2023 - Villanova University graduate chemistry student Eliana Uriona took First Place and the Audience Choice awards in the University's Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition on February 24 in the Mullen Center for the Performing Arts for her presentation “Optimizing Biochar Properties for Heavy Metal Immobilization in Contaminated Soils.” Uriona advances to the Northeast Regional Competition on April 28.

  • Villanova MPA Students Win NASPAA Simulation Competition

    March 16, 2023 - Five Villanova Master of Public Administration (MPA) students participated in the 2023 Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) Student Simulation Competition Northeast Regional hosted by the University at Albany (SUNY) on March 4. Corie Alicea, Evan Butts and Melanie Menkevich joined three students from Syracuse University on the winning team. This team also won second place in the Global Super Judge Round, in which NASPAA judges evaluated each of the global site winners. Mark Donovan and Ellen Speake also competed and performed well at the competition.

  • Combating Hate Speech in 2023

    February 13, 2023 - Communication professor Billie Murray, PhD, notes that reflecting on America’s past starts with acknowledging the country’s history of and ever-growing propensity toward hate speech. Learn more about Murray's research and her book, Combating Hate: A Framework for Direct Action.

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