Graduate Studies News
Under the leadership of Emory Woodard, PhD, Dean of Graduate Studies in Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS), the College has made progress in recognizing and addressing issues around graduate student mental health and wellness, topics that have become more prominent in higher education across the country in recent years.
The Mathematical Association of America (MAA) honored Villanova University Assistant Professor Alexander Diaz-Lopez, PhD, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, with one of its three Henry L. Alder Awards for Distinguished Teaching, which recognizes faculty whose teaching has been extraordinarily successful and whose effectiveness in teaching mathematics is shown to have influence beyond their own classrooms.
Villanova University theology doctoral student Trevor Williams won the Susan G. Perry Award for the Best Student Essay by the College Theology Society (CTS). The award was announced in June at the CTS Annual Convention, a virtual event this year at which Williams was able to present his scholarship. Williams' work, "Trinitarian Animality," was selected from more than 40 submitted essays.
History Graduate Students Assist Archivist with 19th-Century Spanish-Language Correspondence Project
Villanova University History graduate students Anamartha Hinojosa and Micaela Miralles-Bianconi were recognized in a recent article in Archival Outlook written by Villanova's Falvey Memorial Library Distinctive Collections Librarian and Archivist Rebecca Oviedo, who worked closely with Hinojosa and Miralles-Bianconi to translate and transcribe a series of letters between families in Philadelphia and Havana, Cuba, in the early 1800s.
Shama Huq ’21 MS, a recent graduate of the master’s program in Psychology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences was one of 11 Villanova University students and alumni to win a prestigious Fulbright U.S. Student Program award for 2021-22. In addition, Huq recently had her first lead-author paper accepted for publication in Frontiers in Neuroscience.
“What you put in, you get out.” Online MPA student embraces Villanova community, experiential learning
Sal Di Stefano decided that if he was going to join the Villanova MPA program, he was going to immerse himself in the experience. That mindset, and the support and training from Villanova, helped him earn a second-place finish in the 2021 global NASPAA-Batten Public Policy Simulation Competition.
A New Treatment for COVID-19 Approved for Emergency Use. This Applied Statistics Alum Is on the Team That Helped Make It Happen
Duane Stanton '19 MS, a statistical modeling expert with GlaxoSmithKline and a graduate of the Villanova master’s program in Applied Statistics, assisted in preparing a new monoclonal antibody treatment for market.
CONCEPT, the scholarly journal of graduate students in the Villanova University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, launched its 2021 edition at a virtual event on April 22. This year, the CONCEPT Graduate Research Prize was awarded to James Alfano, master's student in History.
Alec Tare, a student in Villanova's online Human Resource Development master's program, took first place in the University's 2021 Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition for his presentation, "Training Warehouse Managers to Decrease Turnover." Tare advanced to the Northeast Regional Competition on April 23.
The Rise of Artificial Intelligence Could Help Common Philly Problems, From Traffic to Healthcare. A Data Analyst Explains.
In her academic work and in her work as a data analyst at a local children’s hospital, Computer Science master's graduate Jessica Yarnall studied and contributed to the major fields of artificial intelligence, from machine learning in data security to deep learning in the healthcare space.
Villanova's Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences honored master's graduate Aidan Flynn '20 MS with its Ingeborg and Byron Ward Outstanding Thesis Award for his work, "Using Semantic Network Structure to Understand Repetitive Negative Thinking", under the direction of Irene Kan, PhD.
The Villanova Graduate Program in Chemistry is committed to increasing the number of underrepresented minority students in higher education in the chemical sciences. The program is proud to announce that it has begun a partnership with the American Chemistry Society through its Bridge Program to serve as a transitional master's program to help students prepare for PhD study.
Angelina Lincoln ’18 CLAS, ’20 MA, garnered local media attention for her research into the life of William Moulden, one of the first known African American Catholics in the area and donor to Villanova University. Her research is evolving into a University-sponsored project to uncover more of the history of the relationship between Villanova and minority communities in the region.
Brian Anderson, PhD, ’09 MS, Associate Professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Texas A&M University, was selected as the recipient of the 2021 American Psychological Association (APA) Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology in the area of perception and motor performance.
With job announcements, dissertation defenses and a regional research communication competition (global pandemic notwithstanding), it has been an eventful Fall 2020 for the Villanova University doctoral program in Philosophy.