Missouri graduate student profiles

Greg Peters
Greg Peters
Lincoln University

Katie Cole
Katie Cole
Lincoln University

Phillip Williams
Phillip Williams
Washington University

Tiffany Player
Tiffany Player
Washington University

Elena Vasilieva
Elena Vasilieva
UMSL

Angela Haeny
Angela Haeny
MU

Ashley Maher
Ashley Maher
Washington University

Zahra Rasool
Zahra Rasool
MU

Luis Viquez
Luis Viquez
Truman State University

Nicholas Hand
Nicholas Hand
Lindenwood University

Casey Calder
Casey Calder
Lindenwood University

Amber Jaynes
Amber Jaynes
University of Central Missouri

Scott Pisarik
Scott Pisarik
Missouri S&T

Jaime George
Jaime George
Missouri S&T

Casey Cain
Casey Cain
Missouri S&T

Sharon Stark
Sharon Stark
Park University

Ying Tung
Ying Tung
Saint Louis University

Matt Vance
Matt Vance
Saint Louis University

Miranda Turlin
Miranda Turlin
Saint Louis University

Alex Giovanoni
Alex Giovanoni
Saint Louis University

Maggie Czerwien
Maggie Czerwien
Saint Louis University

Choochart Wong-Anuchit
Choochart Wong-Anuchit
Saint Louis University

Greg Peters

Greg Peters

Lincoln University

Greg Peters was born and raised on the island nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines located in the southern Caribbean. In 2007 he moved to Seattle Washington to attend Northwest University where he earned a bachelor's degree in environmental sciences in 2011. Greg was accepted to Graduate School at Lincoln University and began working towards a Master of Science degree in Environmental Science in fall 2012. Greg is currently working with Dr. Fengjing Liu in collaboration with Dr. Robert Lerch of The United States Department of Agriculture - Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) on research projects relating to water quality and watershed hydrology.

Katie Cole

Katie Cole

Lincoln University

Katie Cole is a 2011 graduate of Lincoln University with a BSEd in Elementary Education with certifications in middle school mathematics and eMINTS. She currently teaches at Immaculate Conception School in Loose Creek, Missouri where she facilitates use of technology in the classroom. While working full-time, Katie is pursuing her MEd in Elementary School Teaching at Lincoln. She believes the structure and convenience of her degree program combined with the support of the educationfaculty have provided her an opportunity to continue her professional development through graduate education.

Phillip Williams

Phillip B. Williams

Washington University

Phillip B. Williams, a Master of Fine Arts candidate in creative writing in Arts & Sciences, is one of five young poets awarded a $15,000 scholarship from the Poetry Foundation and Poetry magazine. The Ruth Lilly Fellowship program, which encourages the study and writing of poetry, is open to all U.S. poets between ages 21 and 31. Williams, also a Chancellor's Graduate Fellow, is author of the chapbooks Bruised Gospels and Burn. He is a Cave Canem graduate and the poetry editor of the online journal Vinyl Poetry. His work has appeared in Blackbird, Callaloo and The Southern Review.

Read more and watch Phillip read his poetry at http://magazine.wustl.edu/2014/February/Pages/Phillip-Williams-Ruth-Lilly-fellowship.aspx

Tiffany Player

Tiffany Player

Washington University

The late Dr. J. Victor Monke, a distinguished alumnus of Washington University, and his wife left a generous gift to the university to support a student whose work pertains to issues about, or the history of, Native Americans or African Americans. Tiffany Player, doctoral student in the Department of History, has been selected as the inaugural J. Victor and Beulah Monke Scholar in the Chancellor's Graduate Fellowship Program; her dissertation-in-progress examines "Black Women and the Politics of Slavery from the Antebellum Era through the Great Depression".

Read more at http://pages.wustl.edu/cgfp/articles/6907

Elena Vasilieva

Elena Vasilieva

UMSL

My name is Elena Vasilieva. I am a fifth-year doctoral student in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at the University of Missouri-St.Louis. My journey started in the Medical University of Moldova, where I studied for two years. Then, I moved to the United States where I still wanted to apply my desire for helping people and my love for science. Therefore, I completed a B.S. in chemistry with a biochemistry emphasis at Lindenwood University in 2009. Shortly after, I started graduate school in biochemistry where I learned how to think and work independently in research and where I could expand my knowledge about biochemistry and related sciences. One of the goals of my studies is the inhibition of proteins associated with diabetes and Alzheimer's disease - serine hydrolases. The second goal of my studies is drug development for Human Papillomavirus. Through the studies of human related diseases, I could still apply my wish of helping and treating people. In the last five years, I attended multiple conferences and prepared many posters. During my years of graduate school, I performed the responsibilities of teaching undergraduate chemistry students, being the Vice President of the Chemistry Graduate Student Association for two years, and being involved in the development of The Leadership Program for Graduate Students for the University of Missouri system. I also attended the first pilot Leadership Program for Graduate Students and worked with Deans of University of Missouri system to improve the program. In conclusion, I want to say that no matter where life takes you, you still can reach your goals and make your dreams come true.

Angela Haeny

Angela Haeny

MU

Angela Haeny, a graduate student from St. Cloud, Minn., is passionate about alcohol research. Many of Haeny's relatives have been negatively affected by - and some have died from - addiction to alcohol and other substances. "These experiences motivated me to pursue an advanced degree in hopes of better understanding substance-use disorders and to be able to help those who struggle with this problem," Haeny says. Currently a fourth-year doctoral student studying clinical psychology, Haeny serves as the president of the Association of Black Graduate Professional Students (ABGPS). "This organization is important to me, and the reason why I wanted to serve as the president is because I want there to be a place for black students to come to talk about some of the struggles that they experience being at a predominantly white school - and to have the support that they need to be able to meet their academic and professional goals," Haeny says. Haeny admires - and was named after - Angela Davis, a human-rights activist who worked closely with the Black Panther Party.

Ashley Maher

Ashley Maher

Washington University

Ashley Maher has been offered a Junior Research Fellowship in English Literature at University College, Oxford for next year. These fellowships are intended to provide opportunities for outstanding academics at the beginning of their careers, and the primary duty of the post is to carry out research. Ashley will begin the fellowship in September 2014 after defending her dissertation in August.

Zahra Rasool

Zahra Rasool

University of Missouri

When Zahra Rasool receives her diploma, she will cap off four years of hard work and determination - and a little anxiety.

Rasool is from Mumbai, India. Her whole family lives in India, so when she announced her plans to go to school in Columbia, Mo., they were uneasy. It wouldn't be her first time away from home. She had traveled to Europe, Dubai, Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa and Iran as well as throughout her home country. But this was different. The United States was halfway around the world.

"I remember telling my dad that I wanted to come to Missouri to study, and he asked 'Where is this place?'" Rasool recalls. "He thought I was crazy because I didn't know anything about America, had no idea about the culture, no idea what I was getting myself into."

Read more at http://mizzouwire.missouri.edu/stories/2013/zahra/index.php

Luis Viquez

Luis Viquez

Truman State University

Luis comes to us from Costa Rica, where he had already established himself as one of that nation's leading young musicians. As a graduate student at Truman, Luis is in the process of completing two emphasis groups within our Master of Arts in Music program: the conducting emphasis and the performance emphasis. As a conductor, Luis has conducted several Truman ensembles and has also served as guest conductor for several orchestras and bands in his native country. Last spring, Luis conducted the Truman Clarinet Choir in a performance at the Music Teachers National Association national conference in Anaheim, California. As clarinetist, Luis has performed actively here at Truman and elsewhere. As a Truman student, Luis has been tremendously successful, embracing his coursework with as much enthusiasm as he has devoted to his performing and conducting. In fact, his research has already led to an article that will be published in an upcoming issue of a national music journal.

Nicholas Hand

Nicholas Hand

Lindenwood University

Nicholas Hand is currently pursuing two master's degrees at Lindenwood University: an MBA in marketing and a Master of Arts in sport management. He is a graduate assistant with the Sport Management Department in Lindenwood's School of Business and Entrepreneurship. He also completed his bachelor's degree in business administration (sport management) from Lindenwood in May 2010.

He has worked for the St. Louis Blues as the marketing manager and director of community relations for the team's AHL affiliate, the Peoria Rivermen, in Peoria, Illinois, and continued to run the team's marketing department as a consultant after moving back to St. Louis to attend Lindenwood's MBA program. While studying as an undergrad, he was the communications manager for the St. Louis Bandits of the North American Hockey League and also served as a marketing and sales intern for ESPN Radio St. Louis before being promoted to a show producer for a weekly radio hockey show. Through the St. Louis Regional Business Council's Mentor Network Program, he completed an executive mentorship with St. Louis Rams Vice-President, Bob Wallace Jr.

"I chose to pursue my MBA to add to my real world experience, and broaden my career opportunities after graduation," he said. "While I am very passionate about the sports industry, I wanted to set myself up with an education that will allow me possible entry into other career avenues. My career goal is to be a public relations or media relations executive for a professional sports organization or corporation."

Casey Calder

Casey Calder

Lindenwood University

Casey Calder was born and raised in Lincoln, Neb, and in 2009 moved to St. Charles, Mo., where he attended Lindenwood University and earned a bachelor's degree in business administration in 2013. Calder was a member of the university's NCAA DII men's volleyball team for the duration of his undergraduate career and received multiple student-athlete honors, including NCAA Honor Roll, MIVA Academic All-Conference team, and two-time NAIA All-American Scholar Athlete prior to the university's transition to the NCAA. In the fall of 2013, Calder enrolled in Lindenwood's accelerated MBA program and is slated to participate in commencement ceremonies this May. Calder is a graduate assistant for Lindenwood's School of Business and Entrepreneurship with Associate Dean Renee Porter. Since 2013, Calder has also worked as a CSP Leader/Associate at the Michael Kors in Chesterfield, Mo. He said he is very grateful of all the opportunities he has been given and is looking forward to a bright future ahead of him.

Amber Jaynes

Amber Jaynes

University of Central Missouri

Amber Jaynes is a current graduate student at the University of Central Missouri pursing a Master of Arts in Accountancy. She began her education with UCM in 2010 and received a BSBA in Accountancy in 2013. Amber is a member of Beta Alpha Psi and a volunteer for VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance). She chose to go into accountancy because she has always loved numbers and wanted to help others manage their money. Amber is currently interning at Deloitte Tax LLP and is hoping to finish her CPA exams and Master's degree by December 2014, so that she can begin full time at Deloitte in 2015.

Scott Pisarik

Missouri S&T

Scott Pisarik is a Missouri native who received his B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology in 2012. After multiple internships in the steel industry, Scott elected to continue his studies in ferrous physical metallurgy as a Master's student under the advisement of Dr. David Van Aken. Scott's current research area is in the development of 3rd generation advanced high strength steels that exhibit two-stage TRIP character. His areas of expertise include thermodynamic analysis, mechanical testing and evaluation, and optical and electron microscopy. Scott will complete his Master of Science in Metallurgical Engineering in the summer of 2014 and has accepted a job with Chevron in Houston, TX.

Jaime George

Missouri S&T

Jaime is a Ph.D. student in Materials Science and Engineering. She completed her undergraduate degree at Alfred University in Biomedical Materials Engineering Science. Her research focuses on the dissolution of borate glasses and precipitation of phosphate compounds following dissolution.

Casey Cain

Missouri S&T

Mr. Cain is presently a PhD candidate in the Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engineering at Missouri S&T. His research interests are in quantum devices, computer architecture, and numerical methods. In between research, on campus he is actively involved with the undergraduate digital logic and circuits courses, as well as helping with department tours throughout the year. Before starting graduate school, he worked for a small research-focused defense contractor based at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri.

Sharon Stark

Sharon Stark

Park University

My name is Sharon Stark. I am currently a MPA graduate student at Park studying Nonprofit Management. I received my undergraduate degree from Park University in Public Relations with minors in theater arts and photojournalism. I love helping others and traveling. So far, I have been to thirteen countries. Park University has been a wonderful place for me to grow in leadership skills and make friends from all over the world. The professors are always helpful and the smaller class sizes give you a more personalized learning experience.

Ying Tung

Ying Tung

Saint Louis University

Ying Tung is a second-year doctoral student in the Department of Civil Engineering. She has master and bachelor degrees in mechanical engineering, but developed a strong interest toward structural engineering. She decided to pursue a doctoral degree in civil engineering in 2012. Ying is working on two projects sponsored by Illinois and Missouri Department of Transportation. One is to investigate and analyze crack formation in different concrete mixtures and the other one is to determine the cause of the crack formation in the steel girders of interstate bridges.

Matt Vance

Matt Vance

Saint Louis University

Matt Vance is currently assigned as a flight instructor and senior researcher in the aviation science program at Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology. In addition to duties providing primary flight instruction in SLU's professional pilot curricula, he leads new lines of analysis and research oriented around improvements in the cockpit learning environment.

Vance anticipates completing his doctorate in aviation science in the spring of 2014. A former U.S. Navy Officer and career aerospace executive, Vance commenced his academic career in the fall of 2011 and has dissertated on the factors that may be essential to the decision to fly as a passenger on fully autonomous airliners.

Miranda Turlin

Miranda Turlin

Saint Louis University

Upon completing her master of science degree in 2013, Miranda Turlin was awarded a two-year fellowship through the Clare Boothe Luce Program to begin her doctoral work. Turlin is near completing her first year as a doctoral candidate in aerospace engineering with a concentration in thermal-fluid sciences. Her research focuses on simulation of normal shock-wave boundary layer interactions using computational fluid dynamics (CFD),which accompanies experimental research at Parks College. Turlin's work was highlighted in a paper she co-authored and was presented at the 2014 AIAA Sci-Tech conference.

In her spare time, Turlin enjoys being a teaching assistant in the fluid dynamics laboratory and taking advantage of any opportunity she has to encourage other young women to pursue degrees in science and engineering.

Alex Giovanoni

Alex Giovanoni

Saint Louis University

Alex Giovanoni is currently a graduate student at Saint Louis University. He is completing his Master of Arts in Sociology and will receive his degree this coming May. The research for his Masters has focused on mass-incarceration and inequalities in the American criminal justice system. Alex has been a graduate research assistant for the past two years. In his assistantship he has worked on research projects that focused on immigrants and refugees in the St. Louis metropolitan area. This assistantship was with Drs. Karamehic-Muratovic and Matsuo. In addition, he has also trained in the teaching of English as a second or other language and will be taking on an ESL position in Thailand after he graduates.

Maggie Czerwien

Maggie Czerwien

Saint Louis University

Maggie Czerwien is completing her M.A. in Spanish with a focus on Modern Peninsular Prose at the Madrid ampus of Saint Louis University. She received her B.A. in Spanish Language and Literature from Marquette University in 2011, and will begin her Ph.D. at the University of Virginia in August 2014. She is interested in researching and analyzing the works of Spanish writer Jose Maria Merino.

Maggie not only studies literature, but also enjoys writing. She was awarded 3rd place with her story "Mi principe" in the 2013 edition of the Madrid flash fiction contest VII Concurso de Microrrelatos.

Choochart Wong-Anuchit

Choochart Wong-Anuchit

Saint Louis University

Nursing Research Society (MNRS) annual conference in March 2014. He will be conducting a meta-analysis of the research literature about the use of motivational interviewing combined with other therapy on patients with severe mental illness. The results of the research will provide evidence to clinicians that will inform their practice. In 2013, he presented a poster at the 2013 MNRS conference. He is co-author with Dr. Jean Krampe of a recently accepted manuscript for Geriatric Nursing.

In 2013, Mr. Wong-Anuchit initiated, planned, and produced the Thai New Year's Festival, Songkran Day, at Saint Louis University School of Nursing. This festival will be expanded at the University level in 2014. He is working with the University's International Services office and multiple members of the Thai community in St. Louis to sponsor the event as well as obtaining funding/sponsorship from the Royal Thai Consulate General and the Thai Trade Center, both in Chicago, and other Thai authorities and alumni. Because of his leadership in service and scholarship at the University, he was inducted in Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit Honor Society and Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society. He was recently featured in the School of Nursing magazine, Cura Personalis with other Thai nursing students.