Ph.D. Students Celebrate With Special Graduation Reception

PhD Grad Reception Spring 2014May 2, 2014 the College of Sciences celebrated our new Ph.D’s at a special graduation reception. The event was held in the afternoon in the Physical Sciences building. Student’s family members and faculty advisers were in attendance. Associate Dean Teresa Dorman hosted a presentation that individually recognized each graduate with their faculty adviser and read a brief description of their dissertation research. A champagne toast followed the presentation to cheer the continued success of these graduates.

The graduates come from a variety of departments within the College of Sciences.

Congratulations to our Spring 2014 Ph.D. Graduates!


Dr. Simona Ceriani

Faculty Advisers, Dr. John Weishampel and Dr. Llewellyn Ehrhart

Dissertation: “Migratory Connectivity and Carry-Over Effects in Northwest Atlantic Loggerhead Turtles (Caretta caretta, L.).”


Dr. Srijta Basumallick

Faculty Adviser, Dr. Swadeshmukul Santra

Dissertation: “Synthesis and Study of Chemo-Hydrothermally Deprived Water-Soluble Chitosan and Chitosan-Metal Oxide Composites.”

Modeling and Simulation

Dr. Darin Hughes

Faculty Adviser, Dr.Eleazar Vasquez

Dissertation: “The Design and Evaluation of a Video Game to Help Train Perspective‐taking and Empathy in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.”


Dr. Jyoti Katoch

Faculty Adviser, Dr. Masahiro Ishigami

Dissertation: “Electronic Properties and Atomic Scale Microscopy of Two-Dimensional Nanoscale Materials: Graphene and Molybdenum Disulfide.”


Dr. Michael Boyce (unable to attend)

Faculty Adviser, Dr. Janan Smither

Dissertation: “Assessment of Instructional Presentation for Emergency Evacuation Assistive Technology.”

Dr. Marc Gentzler

Faculty Adviser, Janan Smither

Dissertation: “Driving Performance Adaptation through Practice with and without Distracters in a Simulated Environment.”


Dr. Wendi Kane

Faculty Adviser, Dr. Elizabeth Gauerholz

Dissertation: “The U.S. Environmental Movement 1890-2002: Discourse Divisions, Environmental Crisis Events, and Strategic Concessions.”

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