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New & Noteworthy

Spring 2015

  • Veronica Cordova, a PELP senior, will enter the graduate program in the Department of Physical Therapy at the Universtiy of Tennessee at Chattanooga in the fall.
  • Drew Wilson, a PELP senior, will begin a doctoral program in robotics at Oregon State University in the fall. He has been awarded full funding for this program in OSU's College of Engineering.
  • Clarissa Pulley, a PELP senior, has been accepted into a six-week summer program with the International School for Jain Studies. She will leave for India on May 28 and return on July 8.
  • Lane Parmely, a PELP junior, will complete a chemistry REU at the University of Mississippi focusing on anti-tumor medicine research.
  • Diana Trinh, a PELP senior, will begin her studies at The University of Houston College of Optometry in the fall. Her four-year program will lead to a doctor of optometry degree.
  • Patrick Grady, a PELP senior, will begin dental school at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in July of 2015.
  • Laura Judy, a PELP junior, has been accepted into the summer 2015 Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship program in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. This ten-week program is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. Ms. Judy will work on a project based on integrating VO2 nanostructures with plasmonic metamaterial perfect absorbers in order to obtain a room temperature analogue to superconducting transition edge sensors
  • Travis Tanner, a PELP senior, was recently accepted into the Ph.D. program in philosophy at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He was offered full funding for five years. He is especially interested in the philosophy of science. Travis has also been accepted into the doctoral philosophy program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
  • Clarissa Pulley, a PELP senior, has been accepted into the Philosophy Ph.D. program at the University of North Texas to study environmental philosophy with a focus on Indian religions.
  • Shelley Starkey, a PELP senior, was recently given a one-year assignment with City Year. She will begin her assignment in July in San Jose, California. City Year is an education-focused nonprofit organization that partners with high need public schools to provide full-time targeted student interventions. City Year AmeriCorps members support students by focusing on attendance, behavior, and course performance through in-class support, 1-on-1 and small group tutoring, mentoring, and after school programs that keep children in school and on track to succeed. The organization's culture emphasizes the values of leadership, diversity, and community service.
  • Zac Gillman, a PELP senior and current SGA president, was recently hired by his fraternity, Sigma Phi Epsilon, to be a regional director. He will be based out of Richmond, Virginia. During the coming academic year, he will be a traveling consultant to approximately 20 chapters in the United States, and will consult them on best practices for recruitment, finance, member development, and alumni engagement. 
  • The following PELP students have been honored as Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges (2014-2015): Julia Batson (junior), Megan Hart (senior), Lauren Maki (junior), and Courtney Melton (junior).
  • Dr. Ying Ma (Sociology) and Dr. Matthew Kenney (PELP) led a group of 23 students, mostly PELP juniors, to Trinidad & Tobago in Janauary. While there they completed a service-learning project with Habitat for Humanity in the town of Barataria. This year's group was the fourth PELP junior class to travel to this Caribbean nation. Students also learned about the rich and varied culture in Trinidad and Tobago.
  • Daniel Pitts, a PELP senior, is the Student Government Association Vice President at Austin Peay for the 2014-2015 academic year.
  • PELP students currently serving as SGA senators include Jordan Reedy (freshman), Jesse McGaha (freshman), Tabitha Montague (sophomore), and Ankit Patel (junior). Bethany Long (sophomore) is justice on the SGA Student Tribunal.
  • Thomas Murphy (sophomore) is studying at L'Université d'Orléans in France this semester, while Patrick Grady (senior) is spending the semester at Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milano, Italy.
  • Destynee Horner, a PELP senior and pre-dentistry student, is the 2014-2015 Rita Sanders Geier Scholarship recipient at Austin Peay.