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2017 Marshall Foundation Dissertation Fellowship Awardees

Submitted on December 15, 2016

The Graduate College is pleased to announce that six graduate students will be receiving the prestigious Marshall Foundation Dissertation Fellowship and one graduate student will receive the Dr. Maria Teresa Velez Marshall Dissertation Fellowship for final-phase dissertation support. In addition to a stipend from the Louise F. Marshall Foundation, each student will receive a tuition scholarship for two semesters from the UA Graduate College.

The 2017 recipients for the Marshall Foundation Dissertation Fellowship are:

Sofia Gomez, Zuckerman College of Public Health – Dissertation Title:” Arizona's Immigration Enforcement Policies: Implications for Accessibility of Care in Immigrant Families”.

Gabriella Soto, Anthropology – Dissertation Title: “Microhistories of the "Funnel Effect": Tracing the dynamic materialities of survival and adaptation in the Tucson Sector, 2000 to present”.

Christopher Vasquez-Wright, Second Language Acquisition and Teaching - Dissertation Title: “Language learner identity of Mormon missionaries: Implications for second language education”.

Shellie Knights-Mitchell, Biomedical Engineering GIDP - Dissertation Title: “Plasmon Resonant Nanovesicles for Delivery and Controlled Drug Release in Skin Cancer”.

Rebekah Cross, Physics - Dissertation Title: “Doubly-periodic monopole dynamics and applications of the Higgs spectral curve”.

Audra El Vilaly, Geography - Dissertation Title: “Remembering al-badiyya, remembering ourselves: Politics, subjectivity, and environmental memory of the Mauritanian Haratine.”.


The 2016 recipient for the Dr. Maria Teresa Velez Marshall Dissertation Scholarship is:

Carmella Kahn, Public Health – Dissertation Title: “Promoting healthy food access and food security in urban American Indians through adaptations to the local food systems and digital storytelling”.

All of these outstanding students are Ph.D. candidates and Arizona residents. Please join us in congratulating them for their accomplishments and for receiving this prestigious award.