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Graduate Student of the Month
The Graduate College is pleased to recognize Angelica Sanchez as the Graduate Student of the Month from the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Angelica Sanchez is a Master of Arts in Applied Sociology student and graduate assistant. Angelica was awarded the Outstanding Sociology Student in 2018 and again in 2019, and she currently serves as the president of SoSS (Society of Student Sociologists).
In the 2019 Fall semester, Sanchez organized faculty presentations on deviance, study sessions, volunteer events, and a food drive for Louie’s Pantry. In the 2020 Spring semester, she organized a sanitary product drive for Hope Cottage and Flagstaff Shelter Services. Angie presented her work, What Does Eat Mean: Food for Thought, at the Social Science and Social Change Conference at NAU. Angie received straight As in all her fall graduate seminars, is taking 12 credit hours in this semester, in addition to working 20 hours a week on campus as a teaching assistant, and 15 to 20 hours a week off-campus at RCG Talent Solutions that supports the work of schools, nonprofits and mission-driven companies. Recently she was awarded the “Outstanding First Year Graduate Student Award” from the Sociology Department.
Angie has also just published the following publication: Michael McCarthy, Angelica Sanchez, Yolanda Evie Garcia, Dorothy Dunn, Heather Williamson, Julie Baldwin, Tamilyn Bakas. A systematic review of psychosocial interventions for Latinx and American Indian patient-family caregiver dyads coping with chronic illness. PROSPERO 2020 CRD42020149007 Available from: https://www.crd.york.ac.uk/prospero/display_record.php?ID=CRD42020149007
Graduate student spotlights
Annika Gustafsson is a fourth year PhD candidate in the Department of Astronomy and Planetary Science. Annika received the Zonta International Amelia Earhart Fellowship for her proposed work investigating the surface properties of near-Earth asteroids. “The Amelia Earhart Fellowship was established in 1938 in honor of famed pilot and Zontian, Amelia Earhart. The US $10,000 Fellowship is awarded annually to up to 30 women pursuing Ph.D./doctoral degrees in aerospace engineering and space sciences.” This is not just 30 women in the US — it’s an international award. Last year only a few of the recipients were US based.
With a combination of advanced instrumentation and multi-disciplinary techniques, she will aim to constrain the relationship between surface properties and asteroid size in the near-Earth asteroid population which will play a key role in influencing our understanding of small bodies in the Solar System. It will also provide key information for the down-select of targets for future planetary exploration missions. The dataset will consist of published asteroid and meteorite data from the literature as well as new data of small near-Earth asteroids she will collect using state-of-the-art instrumentation on the 4.3-m Lowell Discovery Telescope in Happy Jack, AZ and the 3.0-m NASA Infrared Telescope Facility on Mauna Kea, HI.
Kelly Jaenecke is a first year Master’s student in the Department of Biological Sciences. She was recently awarded the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship, a national achievement that provides a three-year stipend to students, as well as funds to the supporting institution for education costs. Applications are due each fall and the NSF awards 2,000 such fellowships every year to students pursuing graduate research in STEM fields. Kelly will use the fellowship award to support her research in Dr. Jeff Foster’s lab at the Pathogen and Microbiome Institute (PMI). At PMI she studies the diets of Hawaiian forest birds using a metabarcoding approach to identify food items from DNA sequences in bird feces. Kelly earned a Bachelor’s degree in Conservation Biology in 2011 at the College of Environmental Sciences and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) in Syracuse, NY. Since then, she has followed her passion in biology across the country. There she worked with diverse ecological communities in the Hudson River Valley in New York, the Columbia River Watershed in Oregon, and in mesic montane forests in Hawaii before starting her graduate career at Northern Arizona University (NAU). Kelly plans to continue her research at NAU where she hopes to pursue the doctoral program in biology.
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