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Graduate Student of the Month
This is a new award, launched in August 2019, that recognizes the outstanding contributions of graduate students to our institution. Graduate Students of the Month are nominated for exhibiting the qualities and behaviors that we value in our graduate students. The Graduate College is delighted to recognize Laura Rodriguez, a PhD candidate in the Combined Counseling and School Psychology program, as a role model for all of our graduate students.
As the former Graduate Student Government (GSG) President, Laura was a leader on campus, serving the graduate student population as a major advocate for securing funding for graduate student travel and developing opportunities for graduate student engagement. Laura was – and continues to be – a champion of inclusion and of educational rights. Laura is known for consensus-building and for leading with an unwavering yet gentle manner. She is humble yet confident. The GSG truly thrived and built strong relationships within the university community during her time as a member of the GSG and as the 2018-2019 GSG President. It is with pleasure that the Graduate College nominates Laura as the inaugural Graduate Student of the Month!
Graduate Students of the Month are nominated by faculty, staff and administrators. Next month: faculty, staff and administrators in the College of Arts and Letters nominate an outstanding graduate student.
Graduate student spotlight
Our first Graduate Student Spotlight features NAU Applied Linguistics PhD candidate Mark McAndrews. Mark develops software for people who are learning English as a second language, especially in the area of intonation or “tone of voice.” He recently received a Language Learning Dissertation Grant, an internationally competitive award for doctoral students in the language sciences. The awarded grant, sponsored by the journal Language Learning, will help him carry out his dissertation study entitled “Prosody Instruction for ESL Listening Comprehension,” in which he investigates the effects of computer-based intonation learning on the listening comprehension skills of second language learners. Congratulations, Mark!
Congratulations to Mark’s mentors for helping him achieve this accolade: Professor Okim Kang (NAU), Professor Luke Plonsky (NAU), Professor Vedran Dronjic (NAU), and Professor Ron Thomson (Brock University [Canada]).
Click the link below to learn more about the sponsor of this grant, Language Learning: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/14679922
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