Applications for AURIC Graduate Fellowships being accepted

12 Aug

The Auburn University Research Initiative in Cancer, AURIC, invites current Auburn University graduate students in good standing and with a research interest in cancer to apply for AURIC Graduate Fellowships in Cancer Research.

The student must be enrolled in, or in the process of enrolling in a doctoral degree program. The fellowship will provide one year of stipend support at the rate of $20,196 per year. The fellowship is competitively renewable for a total of up to three years, however renewal requires demonstration of acceptable progress towards the desired graduate degree and continued work in cancer research.

Applications must be received at AURIC@auburn.edu by 5 p.m. Aug. 29. The applicant and the applicant’s mentor must be a member of AURIC; if not, they may join concurrently with the application. The application should include a biosketch or curriculum vitae; a two-page (maximum length) letter indicating the laboratory where the research will be performed, the research project and the applicant’s interest in cancer research; and a letter of support from the applicant’s faculty mentor.

Take 5 with master’s student Dori Weldon

11 Aug

Dori Weldon, a master’s student in the College of Education, is featured in this week’s Take 5. Read the interview with her here.

Civil Engineering professor recognized with National Excellence in Teaching Award

1 Aug

Jose Vasconcelos, assistant professor of civil engineering, has received the 2014 James M. Robbins National Excellence in Teaching Award from Chi Epsilon, the national civil engineering honor society. Chi Epsilon aims to honor engineers who have exemplified the principles of scholarship, character, practicality and sociability throughout the engineering profession.

Vasconcelos was nominated in recognition of his teaching from Auburn University’s chapter of Chi Epsilon. He was selected as the Southeast district winner before being chosen from a larger pool of all district winners from across the country.

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415 graduate degrees to be awarded at summer graduation

30 Jul

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Auburn University will award 415 graduate degrees during the university’s two graduation ceremonies Saturday, Aug. 2, in Auburn Arena.

Of the degrees to be awarded, 296 are master’s degrees, 102 are doctorates and 17 are education specialist degrees.

Retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Ron Burgess will be the speaker at the commencement ceremonies.

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Sydney Freeman, recent Auburn graduate, named to Administrator’s Board

22 Jul

Sydney Freeman, Jr., director of Tuskegee’s Teaching and Learning Center, has been named to the American Association of University Administrators Board of Directors. Founded in 1970, the association works to develop and advance higher education professional standards.

Freeman earned his M.Ed in Higher Education Administration at Auburn in 2008, and his Ph.D in 2011.

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Master’s student awarded prestigious James Madison Fellowship

7 Jul

Erica Marie Vatella

Erica Marie Vatella, pursuing her master’s degree at Auburn University in secondary social science education, was recently awarded a James Madison Memorial Foundation Fellowship. The fellowship assists teachers earning a master’s degree with a focus on Constitutional studies.

Named for James Madison, the nation’s fourth president and the acknowledged “Father of the Constitution and Bill of Rights,” the fellowship is funding up to $24,000 of Vatella’s graduate studies.

The award goes to just one outstanding student in each state and supports the graduate study of American history by aspiring and experienced secondary school teachers of American history, American government and social studies. To read more, go to the website.

PEMBA class examines health care in Scotland, England

2 Jul

One of the PEMBA Class of 2015’s stops was the Royal College of Medicine in Edinburgh, Scotland.

How do healthcare systems in the United Kingdom deal with budget challenges or integrate information technology? Twenty Class of 2015 Physicians Executive MBA students from the Harbert College of Business recently spent 11 days in Scotland and England exploring these issues and more.

“I really got to learn about — and get a good feel for — another healthcare system different than the one that I have practiced in for over a decade,” said Dr. Paul Richardson, owner of Carolina Internal Medicine in Conway, S.C. “There is no question that this perspective is going to make me a better leader here in my own system.  For me, I think witnessing the common problems that we all face being managed from a totally different outlook will benefit me and help to shape my own strategies going forward.”

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