2024 News

  • Philosophy PhD Graduate Works at the Forefront of the Ethics of Technology

    June 27, 2024 - “Christopher Quintana ’24 PhD sees the value of philosophy for the world,” says Villanova University Professor of Philosophy Sally Scholz, PhD. Dr. Quintana, who graduated from Villanova’s Philosophy doctoral program in May, specializes in the philosophy and ethics of technology. His dissertation, Characterizing Digital Design: A Philosophical Approach, evaluates user interface and experience design through Aristotle’s ideas of virtues, especially the virtue of practical rationality. Specifically, he explores how technology design can impact and undermine an individual’s capacity for independent practical reasoning. What happens to us when so much of our social and personal activity is mediated by technology? How do our relationships to technology change?

  • CONCEPT Celebrates Graduate Student Interdisciplinary Scholarship

    June 24, 2024 - This spring, graduate students, faculty and staff in the Villanova University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences celebrated the launch of 47th edition of CONCEPT, the interdisciplinary scholarly journal of CLAS graduate students. The CONCEPT Graduate Research Prize was awarded to graduate English student Sarah Gregory '24 MA for her paper, "In a Mirror Clearly: Narrative-based Interventional and Restorative Possibilities in There There."

  • Ethical Leadership Drives MPA Students’ Success at NASPAA Simulation Competition

    April 30, 2024 - The mission of the Villanova University Master of Public Administration program is to provide graduates the knowledge, values, skills and practices to be ethical, intelligent, inclusive and creative leaders in the field of public service. These qualities were on display at the 2024 Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) Student Simulation Competition this March as five Villanova MPA students competed in the regional competitions, with one student taking home a first-place finish in the Virginia region at Old Dominion University.

  • Psychology Colloquium Highlights Diverse Careers and Research Interests of Graduate Program Alumni

    April 25, 2024 - On April 5, the Villanova University Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences hosted a special colloquium that featured presentations from four alumni from the master's program in Psychology. This daylong event in a packed Dougherty Hall East Lounge showcased the diverse research interests of successful alumni and was made more notable by the presence of each presenter's faculty thesis mentors, all of whom are recently retired or are retiring this year.

  • Biology, Environmental Science Students Take Top Spots at Villanova Three Minute Thesis Competition

    March 25, 2024 - Villanova graduate Biology student Claire Jones took first place, and graduate Environmental Science student Lorina Holterhoff took second place at the University's Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT) on March 15 in the Mullen Center for the Performing Arts. Jones, whose presentation “How do chickadees communicate about the presence and absence of food?,” was rated the highest by a panel of faculty judges, advances to the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools regional 3MT competition on April 26.

  • Prestigious Oxford Summer Program Lays Groundwork for Villanova Theatre Graduate’s Acting Career

    February 26, 2024 - This past summer, Villanova Theatre alumna Taahira Davis ’23 MA participated in the prestigious British American Drama Academy (BADA) Midsummer Program at the historic Magdalen College at the University of Oxford. The BADA program runs in association with the David Geffen School of Drama at Yale University. The program is designed for committed actors and focuses on classical theatre craft with an emphasis on Shakespeare. Its faculty consists of leading British theatre practitioners and faculty from top American graduate programs.

  • Counseling Professor Explores Compassionate Psychotherapy Approach to Pregnancy Loss in New Book

    February 14, 2024 - In a society where discussions about pregnancy loss are often hushed or purely medical, one scholar is working to change the narrative. In her new book, Psychotherapy for Pregnancy Loss: Applying Relationship Science to Clinical Practice, licensed psychologist and Associate Professor of Counseling Rayna D. Markin, PhD, offers a compassionate and evidence-based approach to counseling individuals and couples affected by these deeply emotional events.

  • Faculty Mentors, Collaborative Experiences Shape Master’s Student Path to Public History Career

    February 12, 2024 - Villanova History master’s student Jenna Cholowinski’s experience at Villanova has been shaped by faculty who have challenged her perspectives, provided relevant hands-on learning opportunities and shared insight into careers that fit with her skills and passion. “Villanova History faculty are mentors who help guide you from the very beginning of the admissions process. They provide invaluable research experiences and expose you to many options for future career paths,” Cholowinski says.

  • Psychology Master's Student Earns Grant to Support International Student Research

    February 2, 2024 - Villanova University Psychology master’s student Maria Gabriela Molina Funes ’21 CLAS drew on her own experiences as an international student to develop her research interests, which focus on international students’ sense of identity safety and how professors can ensure social identities are welcomed and valued. Her work was recognized by the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, which awarded Molina its Clara Mayo Grant to fund her thesis.

  • Villanova Wildcat and NFL Player Uses MPA Skills to Give Back

    January 15, 2024 - Austin Calitro ’17 CLAS, ’21 MPA pursued a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from Villanova while also competing at the highest level of football, the NFL. Villanova’s MPA program was a great opportunity for Calitro to demonstrate his knowledge and expertise in public service and gain the skills and knowledge necessary to positively impact his community. Villanova’s flexible, online program allowed Calitro to earn his master’s degree even while working through the rigors and demanding schedule of the NFL.

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