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Get to Know doctoral student Maritza Casas

My name is Maritza Casas. I grew up in Barranquilla, Colombia. It is a city located in the north coast of Colombia. A beautiful Caribbean city with warm weather, happy people, wonderful music and delicious food. As an additional fact it is also the home city of Colombian singer Shakira and actress Sofia Vergara.

I’m a doctoral student in REMO- research in educational measurement and psychometrics - and my advisor is Stephen G. Sireci.

Get to know PhD student Rosa Alejandra Medina Riveros

My full name is Rosa Alejandra Medina Riveros, but here people call me Rosa.

I am from Colombia, in South America. I grew up in Bogota, the capital city. It is an 8 million people city, located 8,660 ft. above sea level in the Andes. The weather there is spring-like all year around, and a bit rainy.

I am a Ph. D. student in the language, literacy, and culture concentration and Theresa Austin is my advisor.

Abbot looks at place/identity in Appalachia; receives two research awards

Brenda Hardin Abbott, a doctoral candidate in teacher education and curriculum studies, and assistant professor, Bay Path University, was awarded a dissertation research grant from the UMass Amherst Graduate School. This competitive grants program recognizes the research and accomplishments of outstanding graduate students and provides funds to assist recipients in completion of their dissertation.

M.Ed. student Afzal and Ph.D student Ahmad receive Innovation Challenge funding

Maria Afzal, MEd student in learning, media and technology, and Tariq Ahmad, a PhD student in computer engineering, were awarded $4000 in funding for their project, Antares Micro, at the recent Innovation Challenge hosted by the Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship.

Jeromie Whalen featured in The Daily Hampshire Gazette

Jeromie Whalen, a master’s student in our learning, media and technology program, and a technology teacher at Northampton High School, was featured in an article in The Daily Hampshire Gazette. Whalen worked with students at NHS to build the Northampton school district’s new web site that Superintendent John Provost says has prompted calls from other superintendents who wanted to be connected to the web site “vendor.” “I’ve found many of our colleagues to be quite surprised when they hear our vendor is our teachers and students,” Provost said.

Meet Katie, Emma and Jesse - three change agents in the power-packed 2017 cohort of our one year master’s program “180 Days in Springfield”

Katie Carman, teaching 7th grade science at STEM Middle Academy, Springfield
Emma Opitz, teaching high school biology at Putnam Vocational Technical Academy
Jesse Putnam, teaching English at Central High School, Springfield


Malaney named Graduate Student of the Year

PhD student Victoria Malaney, educational policy, research and administration, was named Graduate Student of the Year by the MultiRacial Network of the American College Personnel Association. (ACPA). Her research interests are in multiracial college students, intergroup dialogue, race, and student activism. She works in the Dean of Students Office as a special assistant, supporting students in personal and academic crisis. She is the current chair of the ACPA’s Multiracial Network.

Studying teachers of Syrian refugees in Jordan – Michael Acosta

Michael Acosta spent a year in Jordan on a Boren Fellowship before returning to complete his studies at UMass College of Education in 2016. In addition to attending 20 hours per week of intensive Arabic language classes, he conducted research on Jordanian teachers’ opinions of effective conflict mediation techniques used in classrooms with Syrian refugee students.

Six students awarded REAL fellowships

Six College of Education graduate students received Research Enhancement and Leadership (REAL) fellowships from the Graduate School. They are: Roehl Sybing, language, literacy and culture concentration; Darius Taylor, research, educational measurement and psychometrics (REMP) concentration; and Amari Boyd, Aurora Santiago-Ortiz, Alisha Smith and Andrew Torres, all in the social justice education concentration. The REAL program is designed to facilitate the recruitment and success of minority students, enrich the university’s intellectual community, and help diversify the professoriate.

Murphy served on Chancellor’s Undergraduate Advisory Council

Fallon Murphy, an education major, served on the 2015-16 Chancellor’s Undergraduate Advisory Council, which meets monthly with Chancellor Subbaswamy. Murphy, who plans a career in teaching, said that the experience has “sparked” her interest in educational policy and administration. She was nominated to serve on the Council by Camille Cammack, Department of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies.

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