Meet the Incoming OGS Fellows
The Office of Graduate Studies is pleased to announce the 2022-23 Fellowship Recipients. Congratulations to all! Scroll below to meet a few of the new Fellows.
"My name is Nicole Coppage (she/her/hers), and I am originally from Jacksonville, FL. I am starting my second year of the Master of Social Work program, with special interest in eating disorders and their recovery. My favorite part about USF has been the students I have met and their shared passion for mental health advocacy and social justice."
"Kenya is an accounting doctoral student in the Muma College of Business. Her research interest explores the impact of sustainability reporting on internal and external stakeholders. Kenya was born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica and first moved to the United States in 2008 to pursue her bachelor’s degree at USF. Her favorite thing about USF is the diverse community on campus."
"I will be an incoming doctoral student to the Behavioral and Community Sciences program. I was born and raised in Wisconsin, and earned my bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. My favorite aspect of studying at USF (besides the amazing weather) is how interdisciplinary the program is, allowing students to gain perspectives from all different areas of study."
"Allahon is from Dade City, Florida and her research interest is focused on the dynamics of Black Indigenous People Of Color (BIPOC) families and the role that historical traumas (i.e. slavery, racism and injustice) play in how BIPOC families parent their children. Allahon is excited to research this topic at USF’s Behavioral and Community Science program given the programs interdisciplinary approach to improving community services and promotion of resiliency in at-risk populations. "
Dissertation Completion Fellow
"Arindam Biswas is a doctoral candidate in Electrical Engineering. He is investigating new disease diagnostic technologies with the help of optics and electronics. Arindam is an avid tech enthusiast and recently finished his internship at Apple. He is from Bangladesh and started his Ph.D. in 2017. Arindam rejoices the ambiance, nature, and diverse community here at USF. In the future, Arindam wants to become a successful leader in science and technology."
"Rain Freeman will be studying epidemiology in the College of Public Health's Ph.D. program. Building on past work in rural health disparities and immunization services, Rain is interested in the role of public health surveillance systems in health equity promotion and plans to explore novel research methods related to reproductive, perinatal, and pediatric health. She is excited to join the welcoming USF COPH community and eager to learn from experts in epidemiologic research and public health practice."
"My name is Charlie Manzler and I am from Cincinnati, Ohio. I will be starting the Clinical Psychology doctoral program this fall and working in Dr. Robert Schlauch's lab researching substance abuse. I am most looking forward to being back in class after two years off and no more Ohio winters!"
"Brooke Haney, originally from Southern Maryland, is a recent graduate of the University of Tampa attending USF's Behavioral & Community Sciences doctoral program. She chose USF for the opportunity to conduct research in an interdisciplinary capacity with distinguished research professionals in the fields of substance use and co-occurring disorders."
"Claire (she/her) is a Ph.D. student in the USF Integrative Biology Department. Her research interests include Plethodontid salamander development, osteology, and biomechanics. She is originally from Denver, Colorado. In 2020 she moved to Hammond, Louisiana to attend SELU where she graduated with her M.S. in Biology. Her favorite aspect of USF is the incredible diversity of people and culture, as well as the diversity and abundance of animal and plant life on the Tampa campus."
Darlshawn (Shawn) Patterson
"Darlshawn (Shawn) Patterson from St. Petersburg, Fl; is a doctoral student in the College of Education pursuing a degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Literacy Studies. Shawn's research interest includes family literacy and the literacy challenges and instruction of underserved populations. She looks forward to studying at USF because of the supportive staff and the opportunities to learn and enhance her research skills."
"My name is Steve, and I am new to Florida coming from New Jersey. I am eager and excited to begin the school psychology program at USF. I can't wait to get to explore Tampa and enjoy the sunshine state."
"I'm Sophia Emmons, originally from Maine, a PhD student with the College of Marine Science as part of Brad Seibel's lab. My research focuses on the impact of ocean deoxygenation on sharks and their relatives as a result of climate change. Not only is Florida a great place to study sharks, but USF fosters an incredibly supportive atmosphere that encourages collaborations between peers and mentors alike, which results in the best quality research."
"Hope Brunner is a recent graduate of the USF College of Nursing. After graduation, Hope started working full time as a Registered Nurse at a hospital in the Tampa Bay area. She will be pursuing a Doctoral degree in Nursing Science, her research will focus on more fully understanding nursing burnout, mental health, coping skills, and resilience and ultimately to develop preventive interventions to improve the resiliency of the nurse workforce. Hope is excited to be returning to the USF CON, where nursing trailblazers belong.”
"I am Ruchira Pratihar (she/her) from India and I am starting my doctoral studies in Dr. Ravi Snakar's iCONS Lab, Department of Electrical Engineering at USF. As a Ph.D. student, I will be working on biosignals in combination with signal processing and computational intelligence for the improvement of the current healthcare system. In the past, I co-founded and worked as the lead software Engineer at Odin Technologies, a biomedical device startup company, promising to provide a point-of-care diagnostic tool for compartment syndrome. My goal at USF is to engage in a wide variety of collaborative and leadership opportunities with the guidance of incredibly knowledgeable expert faculty and to learn more about the field and contribute to the community."
"I will be joining Dr. Chris Stallings' Fish Ecology Lab (FEL) this fall as a Ph.D. student in marine science. I am originally from Vienna, West Virginia, so I am excited to be living in Florida. I love to SCUBA dive, and I am looking forward to working with the FEL on its ongoing research with the artificial reefs in and around Tampa Bay!"
"Molly Schoffel is a recent UF graduate from Tallahassee, Florida, and she will be pursuing her Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology. She chose to attend USF because of its supportive student environment, and she's thrilled to be continuing her journey as a work-life balance researcher with an amazing faculty advisor."
"My name is Tonian Robinson, a Ph.D. candidate in Geosciences at the University of South Florida. I was born and raised in Jamaica, where I believe my childhood experiences played an essential part in my aspirations to become an earth scientist. My studies focus on monitoring subsidence in west-Central Florida using satellite imaging (Persistent Scatterer Interferometry) and ground-based imaging (Near-Surface Geophysics). What I enjoy most about studying at USF is how welcoming and vegetated the campus ground is for taking walks and even getting work done outside. I can always find shade."
"My name is Alexis Rickman, and I am originally from Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. I completed my undergrad in Microbiology at USF, and have been living in Tampa for the last four years. I am a Ph.D. student in the Medical Sciences program at USF. My main area of interest focuses on the role of non-canonical autophagy pathways during bacterial and viral infections. I am also interested in how changes in your microbiome can alter the progression of infection. My favorite aspect of studying at USF has been the collaborative nature and diversity of the people and their ideas."
"I was born and raised in Austin, Texas and graduated from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. As a Presidential Fellow, I will be pursuing a PhD in School Psychology where I will research school-based mental health, education policy, and systems change to emphasize prevention and early intervention across all domains of children’s development. I chose USF because of the excellent professors and students, and the program orientation, which is focused on pursuing innovative, systems level research that translates into meaningful, real-world impact for children."
"My name is Tiao Xie, and I am going to start my Ph.D program with Music Education at USF this Fall semster. I am Chinese American. I am honored to be able to study my doctoral period at USF. I am also very grateful to be able to receive fellowship from USF. My favorite aspect of studying at USF is becoming a student to study with my professor Dr. C. Victor Fung and Dr. Kyoung Cho. They are two amazing Asian professors with very rich teaching experience, and they are very good role models for me. I believe I will learn a lot from them."
Dissertation Completion Fellowship
"Carlyn Vogel’s research with the School of Aging Studies investigates how COVID-19 impacted aspects of staffing within Florida assisted living communities. She received her B.A. in Psychology in her hometown at the University of Missouri – St. Louis. Her favorite aspect of studying at USF is the privilege to work with and learn from top researchers in gerontology and related fields."
Presidential Doctoral Fellowship
Genshaft Family Doctoral Fellowship
Ann Winch Fellowship
Kreplick Graduate Fellowship
McKnight Doctoral Fellowship
Delores Auzenne Fellowship
Graduate Student Success (GSS) Fellowship
Signature Research Doctoral Fellowship
Dissertation Completion Fellowship