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Gwen Frostic Doctoral Fellowship


Award Recipients

Fall 2013-14 Gwen Frostic Doctoral Fellowship Awards

The Graduate College is pleased to announce that three WMU doctoral students have been named recipients of Gwen Frostic Doctoral Fellowships for the 2013–14 academic year. The Gwen Frostic Doctoral Fellowships are funded generously from an endowment made possible by the late poet, artist, and naturalist, Gwen Frostic, a WMU alumna, Class of 1929. Awards are given to assist recipients with the completion of the doctoral dissertation in all disciplines.

The 2013–14 Gwen Frostic Doctoral Fellowships recipients are as follows:

Clara Adams – Department of Chemistry: Adams will receive the Gwen Frostic Doctoral Fellowship for her dissertation “Synthesis and Characterization of Nanoscale Materials for Biosensor Development.” Her dissertation advisor is Dr. Sherine Obare. In addition to authoring her dissertation, Ms. Adams is currently an author on three published manuscripts and one book chapter. She has also presented eight research papers at regional and national conferences. Adams is currently developing two innovative methods for detecting microbial pathogens based on new nanostructures.

Liyana A Wajira Ariyadasa – Department of Chemistry: Ariyadasa will receive the Gwen Frostic Doctoral Fellowship for her dissertation “Interactions of Well-defined Metal Nanoparticles with Semiconductors and Molecules for Alternative Energy Applications.” Ms. Ariyadasa’s work is highly interdisciplinary and covers important aspects of environmental chemistry and sustainability. Her research, guided by Dr. Sherine O’Bare, has been featured to date in two book chapters. Most recently, Ms. Ariyadasa’s work was accepted for presentation at the National Meeting of the American Chemical Society.

Christine Haskill – Department of English: Haskill will receive the Gwen Frostic Doctoral Fellowship for her dissertation “Battling the Separate Spheres: New Women Writers and British Women Writers of World War I.” Ms. Haskill’s dissertation makes a series of important critical interventions in the fields of nineteenth- and twentieth-century British literature and culture, feminist criticism, and scholarship on World War I literature. A portion of her dissertation has just been accepted for publication by ELT: English Literature in Transition 1880-1920, a top journal in nineteenth- and twentieth-century British literature, where it will have pride of place as the opening essay of the January 2014 issue. Her dissertation advisor is Dr. Todd Kuchta.