Graduate Student Spotlight


Doctoral candidate challenges psychologists to improve patient care by recognizing their own mental health

Researcher Andrew Devendorf shares how his brother's death inspired his passion to normalize discussions surrounding depression and other mental health concerns.
Story originally by Sandra C. Roa, University Communications and Marketing.

Boundless Bulls is a collection of stories about what truly makes USF great – the people. It is a focus on our community footprint, our impact and the trajectory of where we can go together.

Mcknight Fellows Photoshoot by Dr. Travis Bell

Thank you Dr. Bell!

The McKnight Fellows were so kindly helped by Dr. Travis Bell in their recent headshot photoshoot. The Fellows want to thank Dr. Bell for his time and geneorsity, and for arranging the professional sessions.

Travis Bell photos
Travis Bell photos

congrats to Doctoral candidate and Fulbright Ireland-USA research awardee!

Fresh off of having received a graduate certificate in Qualitative Research last May, Doctoral candidate, Dove Wimbish has been awarded a 2022/2023 Fulbright Scholarship.
As a Fulbright Ireland-USA research awardee, Dove will be posted this year to the European Centre for the Study of Hate at University Limerick, Ireland, one of the world's leaders in social justice for gender diverse and LGBTQIA+ students.

Dove Wimbish

As a graduate researcher there, she will be studying policy, curriculum and teacher education issues surrounding gender diverse students in post graduate training. Since part of the award requires cultural exchange, she will also be involved in several professional development and cultural immersion projects designed to share our American culture and education and learn more about Irish culture and education.

At the end of the year, she will return and report on her findings to American educators. This important work in understanding and enacting policy to address the gender diverse experience in higher education couldn't be more timely in light of current events in US Education.

recently published an article in "Race and justice" Journal based on M.A. thesis

Carl Reeds

Congratulations to College of Behavioral and Community Sciences Doctoral student Carl L. Reeds, who recently published an article based on his Master's thesis.

The article is titled, "A Test of the Association Between Racial Economic Threat and Racial Disparities in Jail Incarceration Across Counties in the United States" and was published in 'Race and Justice' journal.

This publication included his former committee members Drs. Lorie Fridell, Mateus Rennó Santos, and John Cochran. 

Read the Article

student published article in International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media

Zane Willard was published in the International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media

College of Arts and Sciences Master's student Zane Willard had his article "Reframing performance's ontology: hybridity in contemporary performance art's ontology" published in the International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media!

Elected USF STUDENT becomes Assistant Co-Chair of the LRA/DSICG. 

Darlshawn Patterson

Darlshawn (Shawn) Patterson, a Graduate Student Success (GSS) Fellow, was elected by doctoral student colleagues nationally to serve as the Assistant Co-Chair of the Literacy Research Association (LRA) Doctoral Student Innovative Community Group (DSICG). The organization's only community of doctoral students dedicated to advancing literacy research.

Graduate students Caroline Arias and Victoria Salinas named TIPH ambassadors

Arias Salinas

This past July, the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) named Caroline Arias and Victoria Salinas, two USF College of Public Health (COPH) MPH in epidemiology students, ambassadors for their This Is Public Health (TIPH) initiative 2022-2023 cohort.

ASPPH launched the TIPH Ambassador program in 2017. Nominated by their institutions, students who participate as ambassadors help raise awareness about the field of public health by leading virtual events, taking over the TIPH social media accounts and contributing to projects and presentations to assist in the growth of interest in public health education and careers.

Arias and Salinas have the honor of being part of the largest cohort to date, with 59 graduate students representing 40 schools and public health programs. 

Read the full story from USF Health

McKnight Doctoral Fellow Awarded additional 2-Year Florida Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Scholarship

Stephanie Rosado

Stephanie Rosado, CBCS PhD Student, Fall 2020 Cohort
Behavioral Health, Health Disparities, Chronic Illness and Sports

Congratulations to Stephanie Rosado, a McKnight fellow and College of Behavioral and Community Sciences (CBCS) PhD student, for receiving another award from the Florida Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Network!
This year’s application pool was highly competitive and Rosado was one of 150 scholars accepted into their 2022-2024 cohort. 

"[The Florida AHEC Scholars program will provide Rosado with opportunities to enhance her knowledge and skills beyond the traditional classroom to better prepare her as a future health professional. She will have 40 hours of didactic learning paired with 40 hours of community-based or clinical-based learning per year.]" Congratulations Stephanie!

Doctoral Student Presents at Florida Association for Behavior Analysis (FABA)

Doctoral Student Rachel Davis

Rachel Davis, Doctoral Student
College of Education, Special Education

Congratulations to College of Education Doctoral Student Rachel Davis on her presentation of her research section at an annual Behavioral Analysis conference!

"I recently presented at the Florida Association for Behavior Analysis (FABA) in Ponte Vedra, FL for the annual conference. 

I presented during a multi-paper session titled "Why Can't We All Just Get Along: Working in Schools with BCBAs Employed by the School District" with my section - "Data Collection in Schools: Meaningful and Practical Methods to Collect Data in Public Schools""


Fellow Collage

The Office of Graduate Studies is pleased to introduce many of our 2022-23 Fellowship Recipients. Learn more about our new Fellows here.


A record ten University of South Florida (USF) students have been awarded grants from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program to spend the 2022-23 academic year abroad teaching English, undertaking an independent research project or pursuing graduate study. Congratulations!

Yoel Gebrai

Yoel Gebrai, doctoral student in the College of Engineering

Stephan Hassam

Stephan Hassam, doctoral student in the College of Arts and Sciences

Dove Wimbish

Dove Wimbish, doctoral student in the College of Education

Three of the ten students, pictured above, are current doctoral students and another three are recent graduate alumni.

Read more from the Office of National Scholars

MPH student wins biosecurity competition

Nick Cropper

Nick Cropper, MPH student

Congratulations to College of Public Health MPH student Nick Cropper, who was part of a three-person international team to win the Next Generation for Biosecurity Competition. 

The competition was sponsored by the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) in partnership with several other global health security organizations. NTI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan global security organization based in Washington, D.C., focused on reducing nuclear and biological threats imperiling humanity.

Read more from the College of Public Health

Doctoral student veteran receives Tillman Scholarship

Rio Tate

Congratulations to doctoral student veteran Rio Tate, who recently received a 2022 Tillman Scholarship through the Pat Tillman Foundation! A College of Behavioral & Community Sciences doctoral student and United States Air Force veteran, Tate is one of only 60 US service members to earn this national recognition.

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PH.D. STUDENT AWARDED department of defense scholarship

Congratulations to Physics Ph.D. Student Noah Schulz, who was awarded a scholarship under the Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship-for-Service Program. The SMART Program, funded by the Department of Defense (DoD), is a combined educational and workforce development opportunity for STEM students.

Ph.D. Candidate awarded NOAA Margaret A. Davidson Graduate Fellowship

Natalia López Figueroa

Congratulations to Ph.D. Candidate Natalia López Figueroa, who was awarded a Margaret A. Davidson Graduate Fellowship administered by NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management!

"The two-year fellowship begins August 1, 2022 and will support López Figueroa’s dissertation work on Cassiopea in the Jobos Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (JBNERR) in Puerto Rico... The hallmark of this fellowship is a professional development, mentoring, and networking opportunities. Reserve mentors will help students network and make connections with the broader coastal management community. Fellows will also have regular training webinars and in-person training courses on searching for a job, project management, and leadership. Lopez-Figueroa is one of 18 fellows in this cohort announced by NOAA."

Read more from the College of Marine Science

Presidential fellow receives fulbright award

Stephan Hassam

Stephan Hassam in the field

Congratulations to Presidential Fellow Stephan Hassam (Ph.D. Candidate, History), who received a Fulbright Award for the 2022-23 academic year!

Mr. Hassam provided a brief description of his research: "While the Roman period is well documented in Sicily, it is less so in late antiquity. To understand the social and economic transformations on the island after the fall of the Roman empire, it is necessary to bring minor archaeological sites into dialogue with villas, ports, cities, and the routeways that connect them. My project uses spatial analysis to examine changes in spatial relationships of minor late antique sites through time to provide a nuanced vision of shifting landscapes after the fall of the Roman empire. Furthermore, the digital technologies used to map these sites and their inclusion in a GIS also serves to digitally preserve and disseminate this cultural heritage. The resultant map of lesser-known sites in eastern Sicily will be an excellent resource to scholars for research and local cultural heritage practitioners to plan and carry out management projects."

Graduate Students Recognized by NSF GRFP

Two USF graduate students have received accolades from the National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP), which recognizes outstanding graduate students who have demonstrated their potential for significant achievement in science and engineering research. Congratulations!

Dylan Halbiesen

NSF GRFP 2022 Awardee
Dylan Halbeisen

Chemical Oceanography
College of Marine Science
USF Advisor: Tim Conway

Rosemary Burkhalter-Castro

NSF GRFP 2022 Honorable Mention
Rosemary Burkhalter-Castro

Geological Oceanography
College of Marine Science
USF Advisor: Ali Graham

Ph.D. Student Awarded American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellowship

Prisca Lin, PhD Student at Morsani College of MedicinePrisca Lin, PhD Student

The American Heart Association (AHA) has awarded a two-year predoctoral fellowship to Prisca Lin, a PhD student in the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine. The award will go towards her project titled “Defining a Factor Induced Endothelial Tubulogenesis, Sprouting, and Pericyte Recruitment.”

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