Graduate Student Newsletter ~ April/May 2020

Graduate Dean’s Award Recipients Announced

Eight graduate students have been selected to receive the Graduate Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Work. Award recipients represent a broad array of disciplines and were selected based on their outstanding accomplishments.

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Beat the COVID-19 Blues: Give a Friend a Care Package

Do you have a grad student colleague who is experiencing isolation and stress as they wait out the coronavirus pandemic? Brighten their day with a care package! The Graduate School is partnering with Syracuse Crate to subsidize (up to $75) the purchase of 200 care packages grad students can give to one another.

Here’s how it works:

  • Fill out the online care package request indicating yourself as the giver and your friend as the recipient (with a personal message, if desired).
  • Your friend will receive an email with a discount code good for $75 dollars off the purchase of a package of foodstuffs and other items they select from ‘Cuse Crate’s inventory of Syracuse-area products, for delivery to their door.
  • You will be notified when your friend has been issued the discount code.

The ideal recipient is someone living on their own and still in the Syracuse area. Delivery outside the region is possible, but much less economical (in fact, a Syracuse recipient with transportation could pick up their package and save on delivery altogether).

A few things to note:

  • Both the giver and the recipient must be currently enrolled SU grad students.
  • You may only designate one student to receive a care package (no multiple requests).
  • There is a limit of one care package per student; you will be notified if you designate someone who has already received a package.
  • You cannot give yourself a care package.

All eligible requests will be met on a first-come, first-served basis. Two hundred care packages won’t last long!

2020 Outstanding Teaching Assistants

Each year, the Graduate School recognizes teaching assistants who have made distinguished contributions to Syracuse University by demonstrating excellence as primary instructors, laboratory or studio leaders, discussion or recitation section instructors or lecture course assistants. Congratulations to this year’s recipients!

Merrill Einar Asp, Physics
Sagnik Basumallik, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Rose Bell, Philosophy
Ohana Benevides Rodrigues, Physics
John Brigham, Earth Sciences
Kristian Ashley Contreras, Cultural Foundations of Education
Emma C. Dreher, Political Science
Elizabeth Elton, Languages, Literatures & Linguistics
Mackenzie Ess, Social Psychology
Mariann Fant, Communication & Rhetorical Studies
Weston (Trent) Fenner, Sociology
Joshua Fenton, Mathematics
Patricia A. Goodhines, Clinical Psychology
Erin Griffin, Mathematics
Ana María Guerrero Andrade, Languages, Literatures & Linguistics
Fitore Hyseni, Social Science
Daniel J. Jackson, Political Science
Julia Jessen, Art History
William Scott Looney, Philosophy
Nicholas W. Mason, History
Jacob E. Moose, Chemistry
Casey L. Necheles, Mathematics
Alexandra O’Connell, English
Odetta Odartey Addo, Human Development & Family Science
Amanda Parraguez, Languages, Literatures and Linguistics
Bharat Patil, Business Administration
Krittaphat Pugdeethosapol, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Kenneth Ryan Sklensky Ratliff, Physics
Katharine B. Russell, Political Science
Sefa Secen, Political Science
Gabriela E. Serna, College Science Teaching
Hooman Seyed Abootorabi, Business Administration
Taveeshi Singh, Social Science
Simon Staples-Vangel, English
Alia N. Thompson, Science Education
Danielle Steele, Architecture
Noah Wilson, Composition & Cultural Rhetoric
Tonya Wilson, Mathematics Education
Duygu Yeni Cenebasi, Religion

GradCast Series Answers Your Job-Search FAQs

The Graduate School has launched a new podcast series, GradCast, covering frequently asked questions on various aspects of the job search. Tracy Bauer, Graduate Career Development Specialist, and Dan Olson-Bang, Director of Professional and Career Development, offer tips, dispel misconceptions, and share their insights on the current employment landscape. Available episodes address cover letters, resumes, networking, and job-search strategies. Upcoming episodes will delve into interviewing, CVs, and more.

Excellence in Graduate Education Winners Announced

The Excellence in Graduate Education Faculty Recognition Award honors faculty members whose dedication to graduate students and commitment to excellence in graduate teaching, mentoring, and career preparation have made a significant contribution to graduate education at Syracuse University. Nominations from across campus were reviewed by a multidisciplinary graduate student committee.

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Online Career Conference for PhDs, May 2 and 9

Beyond the Professoriate is hosting its 7th annual Online Career Conference for PhDs May 2 and 9, 2020. The Graduate School is offering a limited number of free registration tickets to doctoral students and postdocs (a $59 value).

The conference features a combination of webinars (May 2, 11 am–4 pm) and panel presentations (May 9, 11 am–4 pm) featuring 16 PhDs from all academic disciplines. They will discuss networking, résumé writing, online job-search strategies, and how to manage a career transition. This year’s conference will also directly address tips and strategies for navigating the job market during the COVID-19 crisis.

In addition to the live-streaming conference, the All Access Pass purchased for you by the Graduate School provides video replay of all sessions on demand for a 30-day period. Email Dan-Olson Bang ( with your name and SU ( email address by April 30 to receive an access code. Supplies are limited!

Wellness Resources

During this time of uncertainty, it is important to stay as mentally and physically healthy as possible. The Graduate School has compiled a few resources that may help you to relieve stress and anxiety and breathe a little deeper.

Additional resources are available on SU’s Wellness Initiative web page.

Congratulations New and Returning Teaching Mentors!

The Graduate School is proud to announce the teaching mentors for 2020–21. Selected for their excellence in teaching and overall graduate study, the teaching mentors serve as small-group leaders and mentors to approximately 300 new teaching assistants during the Teaching Assistant Orientation Program in August. They also assist in the development and implementation of TA programming throughout the academic year. Thanks to all those who applied, and a warm welcome to our teaching mentor staff!

Sule Aksoy, Science Teaching
Nigar Altindis, Mathematics Education
Jacob Bartholomew, Sociology
Rose Bell, Philosophy
Meagan Bojarski, Communication & Rhetorical Studies
Abigail Caselli, Psychology
Çağla Çimendereli, Philosophy
Hannah Comia, Music
Gemma Cooper-Novack, Reading & Language Arts
Joseph DiStefano, Geography
Gianpietro Elias, Exercise Science
Lerie Gabriel, Writing Studies
Terese Gagnon, Anthropology
Joash Mochogi Geteregechi, Mathematics Education
Ipshita Ghosh, Anthropology
Erin Griffin, Mathematics
Kellan Head, Philosophy
Haejoo Kim, English
Jeung Hyun Kim, Sociology
Crystal Lee, Sociology
B. Lopez, Composition & Cultural Rhetoric
Caleb McWhorter, Mathematics
Jacob Moose, Chemistry
Fortune Ononiwu, Chemistry
May Riberio, Biology
Rikki Sargent, Psychology
Phillandra Smith, Teaching & Leadership
Simon Staples-Vangel, English
Tonya Wilson, Math Education/Teaching & Leadership
Duygu Yeni Cenebasi, Religion
Anemonë Zeneli, Teaching & Leadership
Ying Zhang, Human Development & Family Science 

Fulbright U.S. Student Program Information Session

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers research, study, and teaching opportunities in over 140 countries to recent graduates and graduate students. The program accepts students from all disciplines; recent recipients from SU have included graduate students who are filmmakers, social scientists, engineers, artists, public policy specialists, humanists, and others.

On  Friday, May 1, 2-3 pm, SU’s Center for Fellowship & Scholarship Advising (CFSA) will host an online information session about applying to the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. The session will provide an overview of the program, tips on how to apply, and information about SU’s internal application process. Syracuse University’s internal application deadline will be September 17, 2020. Register here for the information session.

For more information about the Fulbright program or information session, please email Melissa Welshans ( Follow CFSA on Instagram at @sucfsa to learn more about this year’s Fulbright recipients as they are announced!

If you are interested in pursuing graduate education or professional training abroad, you may also want to consider other opportunities, including the Schwarzman Scholars Program, the Luce Scholars Program, and others. If you are interested in applying for any of these programs, please contact CFSA’s director, Jolynn Parker (