Missouri graduate student profiles 2013

Grace Becker
Grace Becker
Northwest Missouri State University

Krista Limmer
Krista Limmer
Missouri S&T

Jasur Rakhimov
Jasur Rakhimov
Park University

Kimberly Kras
Kimberly Kras
University of Missouri - St. Louis

Evalyn Grey
Evalyn Grey
University of Central Missouri

Shana Terrill
Shana Terrill
University of Missouri - St. Louis

Laura McAndrews &  Stephanie Link
Laura McAndrews & Stephanie Link
University of Missouri - Columbia

Monica Hand
Monica Hand
University of Missouri - Columbia

Kyryl Ostryanskyy
Kyryl Ostryanskyy
Columbia College

Gary Sheets
Gary Sheets
Columbia College

Alan Ceaser
Alan Ceaser
Washington University

Edwin Fattig
Edwin Fattig
Truman State University

Jessica Quick
Jessica Quick
Saint Louis University

Xenia Tsolaki Metaxa
Xenia Tsolaki Metaxa
Saint Louis University

Grace Becker

Grace Becker

Northwest Missouri State University

Grace Becker, (Bowling Green, MO) designed a community and sensory garden, the plans for which will be turned into reality thanks to a substantial grant from the Missouri Department of Natural and Resource Conservation Services. Becker's plan includes a series of raised planting beds and a sensory garden that will allow Northwest to increase the amount of fresh produce it donates each summer to the local food pantry and senior center. Moreover, her accessible designs make it possible for differently-abled community members of all ages and life circumstances to get outside, go into the garden and enjoy getting their hands dirty.

Krista Limmer

Krista Limmer

Missouri S&T

Krista Limmer is a third-year doctoral student in the Materials Science and Engineering Department. After completing dual B.S. and B.A. degrees at Alfred University in 2010, she began her studies at Missouri S&T with the intention of entering academia after graduation. Krista is the recipient of a GAANN Fellowship from the US Department of Education and a Chancellor's Fellowship from Missouri S&T. Her research on iron-based alloys using first-principles techniques is one of the computational tools being used to pave the way for increasingly efficient steel manufacturing. In addition to ongoing research, Krista has recently assisted with curriculum development and implementation for senior level students on computational methods used in materials science.

Jasur Rakhimov

Jasur Rakhimov

Park University

My name is Jasur Rakhimov, I am an independent artist from Uzbekistan. Here in Kansas City I am an MBA graduate student at Park University. The reason I chose to study business is because, being an artist, I should have the necessary knowledge to promote myself and my art. Park University has been of great help assisting me both in my studies and in my art. I had a chance to share my drawings and photographs with the university students and staff via an exhibition that was organized with the help of the University Student Life. I like Park University for the flexibility and diversity of courses offered. My MBA concentration is in MIS (Management Information Systems), and in the rapidly changing economic environment I find IT business tools crucial in achieving my goals.

Kimberly Kras

Kimberly Kras

University of Missouri - St. Louis

Kim Kras is a doctoral candidate in Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She earned her B.A. in Psychology and M.S. in Criminal Justice and Criminology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Her research focuses on corrections and offender re-entry and she has had the opportunity to work with the Missouri Department of Corrections, Federal Probation, and local community organizations. Kim’s work has been published in the Journal of Drug Issues and Women and Criminal Justice. Her dissertation discusses the desistance process for sex offenders, specifically how they negotiate challenges to reintegration and reforming their identities.

Evalyn Grey

Evalyn Grey

University of Central Missouri

Evalyn Grey is a current graduate student at the University of Central Missouri pursuing a Master of Science degree in Psychology. She began her education with UCM as an undergraduate in 2000 and received a BS in 2006 in Biology and worked for several years before returning to UCM to pursue an education in psychology. After completing a second major, she was admitted to the Masters of Psychology program in 2011. The Master's degree from UCM will provide Evalyn with the tools she will need to pursue a career in counseling psychology. She has recently been accepted into a Counseling Psychology Doctorate program at Chatham University beginning in the fall 2013. Her research and practice will focus on Gender Identity.

Shana Terrill

Shana Terrill

University of Missouri - St. Louis

My name is Shana Terrill; I am a fourth-year doctoral student in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department at the University of Missouri - St. Louis. After completing a B.S. in Chemistry at Lindenwood University in 2009, I began graduate studies in Biochemistry with the intention to expand my knowledge of biochemical principles and apply them to a disease related field. I have been the recipient of the Jack L. Coombs Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, an honorary member of the inaugural class of the National Academy of Inventors, and an award recipient of the Physical/Life Sciences Division in Chemistry/Biochemistry at the UMSL Graduate School Research Fair. My research focuses on the biophysical properties of the Alzheimer's amyloid-β protein and how these properties impact inflammation. In addition to full-time research, I am a member of the Graduate Student Advisory Council, a Chemistry and Biochemistry Senior Teaching Assistant at the Graduate Student Professional Development Conference of Teaching and Learning, and a two-term president of the Chemistry Graduate Student Association.

Monica Hand

Monica Hand

University of Missouri - Columbia

Monica Hand had a perfectly good career and loved living in New York City. So what possessed her to leave an impressive position at the U.S. Postal Service to start over with a writing career at an age when most people are planning for retirement?

Hand had always wanted the freedom to write, even during her 32-year career. Now, two years after retirement and at age 59, she's on an intellectual journey as an MU doctoral student. The course of study will take five years. It's all worth it to Hand because her future is in poetry, the long-standing love of her life.

"I've been writing poetry since I was 10, whenever I could. I nurtured it. Now I'm feeding it full time," she says.

Hand already has a published book of poetry to her credit, a prize winner named by Coldfront as one of the top 40 poetry books of 2012. Reviewers praise me and Nina as an expression of "contemporary blues that speaks to a woman's creative challenges."

The Boston Review has called Hand "a mature Langston Hughes in a hat," a designation that may make her laugh, but, in reality, she can still recite from memory the poems of Langston Hughes she learned as a child. (And she often does wear a hat.)

Hand is in a good place, literally and figuratively, as she paces herself to balance her overwhelming desire to write with doctoral responsibilities. Taking one semester at a time, she wants to feed her intellectual appetite, study and teach.

Mostly she wants the time to be a poet.

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Kyryl Ostryanskyy

Kyryl Ostryanskyy

Columbia College

Kyryl Ostryanskyy was born in Ukraine (the USSR), graduated from Columbia College with a B.A. in English (magna cum laude) in 2009, and is now pursuing his M.B.A. at Columbia College as well. Kyryl says, "After I get my MBA, I would like to pass the CPA test and also pass all three levels of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) test."

Gary Sheets

Gary Sheets

Columbia College

Gary J. Sheets is currently participating in the capstone course to complete his MBA from Columbia College. He received his BS from Columbia College in 2006 with an emphasis in Finance, Management, and Accounting and graduated Summa Cum Laude. Gary has given the term 'non-traditional' student a new meaning by not starting college until he was 27 and is now just about to complete his master's degree, all while working a full time job throughout both degrees. Gary says, "I have enjoyed the entire experience and look forward to the next set of challenges as they present themselves. I have truly enjoyed the staff, faculty and fellow students I have met during my college career and will remember this time of my life with a special fondness."

Alan Ceaser

Alan Ceaser

Washington University

Alan Ceaser is a doctoral student in the Department of Psychology. Mr. Ceaser is also a veteran of the United States Navy. His research examines the relationship among cognition, brain function, and symptoms of schizophrenia, and he has published three peer-reviewed, co-authored articles.

Edwin Fattig

Edwin Fattig

Truman State University

Edwin Fattig is a first-year master's student in the Music department at Truman State University studying composition. One of his original compositions was selected for performance at the 2013 University of Nebraska-Kearney New Music Festival. The composition, entitled "Lur", was performed on the conference February 11th by Luis Viquez, Truman music clarinet performance graduate student. While at Truman, Edwin will craft a master's thesis composition with an an accompanying analytical description, and he currently serves as a Graduate Teaching and Research Assistant in the Music department.

Jessica Quick

Jessica Quick

Saint Louis University

Graduate student Jessica Quick recently completed her MA English thesis, "Community and Exile in Frank O'Hara's Lunch Poems and Federico Garcia Lorca's Poeta en Nueva York, in which she considers urban subjectivity from divergent cultural perspectives within New York City.

Jessica Quick will be beginning the PhD in English at Duke University in Fall 2013. She is interested in pursuing research in twentieth century American poetry, with consideration of the development and historicization of intellectual communities such as the New York School and Black Mountain College. She is also the poetry editor and co-founder of SLU Madrid's literary magazine, Penumbra.

Xenia Tsolaki Metaxa

Xenia Tsolaki Metaxa

Saint Louis University

Xenia Tsolaki Metaxa will receive her Ph.D. in May, 2013. Xenia is the director of the largest Private Institute in Limassol, Cyprus where she and her teachers provide English instruction to Cypriot children.

Xenia participated in the Saint Louis University Cyprus program that for the past seven years has offered MA and PhD degrees in Education to Cypriot professionals through hybrid distance education. Xenia was an outstanding student in the classroom and researched the instructional value of authentic songs in the teaching of English as a second language for her dissertation. After graduation, she will assist SLU's students in the Cypriot MA program, continue to direct her school, publish her dissertation findings and the curriculum and instructional strategies she has developed for her school. Dr. Michael Grady, Professor of Education and Director of the Cyprus programs stated that, "Xenia was always a pleasure to have in class and to work with on research methods. She was an ideal graduate student who consistently provided her best work in addition to continuing her many other obligations. We look forward to having her as an adjunct SLU faculty member in Cyprus."