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ASU Grad Completion Fellows advance knowledge, understanding in their fields

2014 Spring Graduate Completion Fellows
April 14, 2014

A desire to contribute new knowledge to combat injustice and misunderstandings unite the Spring 2014 Graduate Completion Fellows.

Graduate Completion Fellowships are awarded in the spring and fall semesters by Arizona State University Graduate Education. The fellowships support degree completion for doctoral and master of fine arts candidates in the arts, humanities, social sciences and education. Financial awards are made on the basis of demonstrated ability to complete research and projects of high quality.

Just a few examples of the research accomplishments of these graduate students:

• Melinda Alexander is a cultural geographer who has studied the Lost Boys of Sudan in participation with a local refugee community center. She hopes that attention to stories of people who have suffered in war can help to avert future conflicts.

• Oscar Huerta aims to fuse environmental knowledge with responsible and sustainable business product design.

• Anthony (Sam) Martone writes prose that experiments with form, genre and language. He hopes to tell stories that encourage empathy and inspire generosity in people, as well as give voice to issues that may not otherwise receive attention.

• Benjamin Warner works primarily in Central America with farmers, resource managers and policymakers to develop projects that can help the rural poor overcome the challenges of global changes.

“These Completion Fellows are advancing knowledge that can contribute to greater understanding and improved education in societies throughout the world,” says Andrew Webber, vice provost for Graduate Education. “They can be proud of what they have accomplished in their research.”

The 15 Graduate Completion Fellows for spring 2014 are:

Melinda Alexander, PhD in Geography
School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Ingrid Donaldson, MFA in Art-Metals
School of Art, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

Kandyce Fernandez, PhD in Public Administration and Policy
School of Public Affairs, College of Public Programs

Jennifer Geiger, PhD in Social Work
School of Social Work, College of Public Programs

Melinda Hollis, PhD in Curriculum and Instruction
Division of Teacher Preparation, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College

Oscar Huerta, PhD in Design, Environment and the Arts
The Design School, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

Seong-Hoon Kim, PhD in English Literature
Department of English, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Anthony (Sam) Martone, MFA in Creative Writing
Department of English, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Sara Mertel, PhD in Community Resources and Development
School of Community Resources and Development, College of Public Programs

Daniel Pout, PhD in Political Science
School of Politics and Global Studies, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Terrence Ritzman, PhD in Anthropology
School of Human Evolution and Social Change, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Jessica Solyom, PhD in Justice and Social Inquiry
School of Social Transformation, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Soloymar Torres-Garcia, PhD in Latin American Literature
School of International Letters and Cultures, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Benjamin Warner, PhD in Sustainability
School of Sustainability, Global Institute of Sustainability

Megan Weaver, MFA in Directing
School of Film, Dance and Theatre, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

More information on the fellowship is available at