August Books & Bagels 8/30

Join us for August Books & Bagels: Conversations on Interdisciplinary Research. Each speaker prepares a 15-20 minute presentation about their research followed by a moderated discussion. Audience participation is highly encouraged.

Lunch is provided.

Friday, August 30th 12-1pm
Graduate Student Lounge (Main 010A)
Basement of Main Building
3141 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19104


Anna Vorobyeva
PhD Candidate, College of Arts and Sciences, Biological Sciences
“When Memories Disappear…”

Andrea Marshall
PhD Student, iSchool, College of Information Science and Technology, Information Science
“DIY: Steampunk Artifacts and Gender Identities”

Moderated by Dr. Denise Garcia, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology

Visit the Books & Bagels video archive for previous presentations at

Please fill out the form at the link below if you would like to nominate a speaker or be considered to speak at a future program:


Graduate Student Day Award Winners 2013

Congratulations to all of 2013 Graduate Student Day nominees and winners!

2013 Doctoral Research Excellence Award Recipients

  • Rosemary Bastian Arangassery, PhD, Biomedical Engineering
  • Erica Price Caden, PhD, Physics
  • Aimee Kim Hildenbrand, PhD, Psychology
  • Marjorie Austero Kiechel, PhD, Materials Science and Engineering

2013 Doctoral Research Excellence Award – Highly Commended

  • Christopher Barr, PhD, Materials Engineering
  • Kavan Hazeli, PhD, Mechanical Engineering
  • Stephen Lombardi, PhD, Computer Science
  • John McDonough, PhD, Materials Engineering
  • Prashanth Vanniamparambil, PhD, Mechanical Engineering
  • Yemin Lan, PhD, Biomedical Engineering
  • Mamta Shah, PhD, Education
  • Joseph DePasquale, PhD, Chemistry
  • Stephanie Brooks Holliday, PhD, Clinical Psychology
  • Chelsea Morse, PhD, Clinical Psychology
  • Siobhan Toal, PhD, Chemistry, Also a finalist for the 2013 Lindau Award

2013 Master’s Research Excellence Award Recipients

  • Girish Balakrishnan, MS, Digital Media

2013 Master’s Research Excellence Award – Highly Commended

  • Glenn Winters, MS, Digital Media

2013 Teaching Excellence Award

  • Kelly Douglass, PhD, Physics
  • Sina Nassiri, PhD, Biomedical Engineering
  • Thomas Zylkin, PhD, Economics
  • Cem Sahin, PhD, Electrical Engineering

2013 Continuing Teaching Excellence Award

  • Babak Anasori, PhD, Materials Science and Engineering

2013 Teaching Excellence Award – Highly Commended

  • Lauren Jablonowski, PhD, Biomedical Engineering
  • Cheng-Hsin Johnson Lu, PhD, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Zeeshan Mansuri, MPH, Public Health
  • Alison Novak, PhD, Culture and Communication
  • Xue Sha, PhD, Chemistry
  • Julianne Winters, PhD, Environmental Science, Also the first recipient of the Graduate Studies Higher Education Advocate Travel Award (HEATA)
  • Sarah Wysocki, MS, Nutrition

Outstanding Faculty Mentor Awards

  • Dr. Yoto V.Yotov
  • Dr. Shivanthi Anandan
  • Dr. Teck-Kah Lim
  • Dr. Michael Kennedy

Outstanding Staff Mentor Awards

  • Jay Bhatt
  • Donna Ferrari
  • Sandra Golis
  • Tsz Kin Kwok
  • Michael Nichols
  • Phi Nguyen
  • Sabreah Saunders

Outstanding Graduate Student Organization Awards

  • Drexel Black Graduate Student Union (DBGSU)
  • Drexel Graduate Women Society of Engineers (DGWSE)
  • Biology Graduate Student Association (BGSA)
  • Mechanical Engineering Graduate Association (MEGA)
  •  Wilbur W. Oaks Physician Assistant Student Society
  • Student Government Organization of the School of Public Health (SGO)

Graduate Spirit Awards

  • Shauna Henley
  • Cheng-Hsin Johnson Lu
  • Joshua Samuels

Office of Graduate Studies Appreciation Awards

  • Mitchell D’Rozario
  • Dr. Michael Ryan
  • Jessica Snyder
  • Jonathan Soffer
  • Chris Swin

Higher Education Advocate Travel Awards to Date

  • Drew Cronin to Pt. Pleasant Beach HS, NJ.
  • Mitchell D’Rozario to Seton Hall, South Orange, NJ
  • Brian Malys to Wyoming Valley West HS, Plymouth, PA
  • Tina Peters to Goshen College, Goshen, Indiana
  • Karen Sullam to The Bryn Mawr School, Baltimore, MD
  • Julianne Winters to Crest College, Allentown, PA

2013 Teaching Excellence Award – Nominees

School of Public Health

  • Leonard Emuren
  • Paige Fisher
  • Zeeshan Mansuri

College of Nursing and Health Professions

  • Carol Arango
  • Sarah Wysocki

LeBow College of Business

  • Thomas Zylkin

School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems

  • Sina Nassiri
  • Lauren Jablonowski
  • Arpit Shah

College of Engineering

  • Babak Anasori
  • Jefferson Cuadra
  • Pouya Dianat
  • Marjorie Austero Kiechel
  • Seyed Hossein Hosseini Nourzad
  • Cheng-Hsin Johnson Lu
  • Kimberlee Marcellus
  • Hasan Nusair
  • John McDonough
  • Carlos Perez
  • Cem Sahin
  • Melissa Santos
  • Yohan Seepersad
  • Natalie Shainsky
  • Yuriy Smolin

College of Arts and Sciences

  • Kaitlin Baudier
  • Kelly Douglas
  • Robert Driver
  • Mitchell D’Rozario
  • Yi Hu
  • Noah Johnson
  • Ashley Kalinski
  • Theodoros Katerinakis
  • Lindsey Klinge
  • Alison Novak
  • Xue Sha
  • Kevin Smith
  • Karen Sullam
  • Samantha Winter
  • Julianne Winters
  • Chung Wong
  • Songjun Xu

More Welcome Back Week Events & Housing Fair

Dragons Prepare, Practice, and Prevent the Fire!
Tuesday, April 2nd, 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM on Lancaster Walk

Hey Dragons! Find out how you can safely navigate potential safety pitfalls and react quickly when it comes to fires in your home or residence hall.

- Explore the Philadelphia Fire Department’s Burn House.
- Take your picture with Sparky the Firefighting Dog.
- Learn out to use a fire extinguisher while putting out a REAL fire.
- And sample some FREE food while learning about Fire Safety from Philly’s Finest.

For more information or accommodations, please contact Jessica Edonick at This event is sponsored by Welcome Back Week (, Commuter and Transfer Engagement (, Fire and Life Safety (, and University Housing (

Off Campus Housing Neighborhood Spotlight: Center City
Thursday, April 4th, 12:00-2:00 PM; Geary Lobby, New College Building, 245 N. 15th Street Philadelphia, PA 19102

The April Off Campus Housing Neighborhood Spotlight provides an opportunity for students to meet with Property Managers from Center City based apartment communities.

Drexel’s 5th Annual Housing Fair
Wednesday, April 10th, 4:00-6:00 PM; Drexel Armory (25 N. 33rd St)

If you are looking for a place to live next year, or want to learn more about resources for students living off campus, mark your calendar to attend Drexel’s 5th Annual Housing Fair.

During the event you will have the opportunity to:
- Meet area property owners & managers.
- Connect with utility companies, Drexel departments, and representatives from other Philadelphia organizations.
- Learn more about Drexel’s Off Campus Housing services.
- Win great door prizes!

For questions and accommodations, please contact the Office of Commuter and Transfer Student Engagement at 215-895-1328 or email

To learn more about the Drexel Off Campus Housing Fair please go to:

Save the Date: April Books & Bagels and Books After Dark Programs

Books After Dark
Our traditionl Books & Bagels program in the evening with a social to follow

Thursday, April 11th 5-6pm
Graduate Student Lounge (Main 010)


David Diaz
PhD Candidate, Biomedical Engineering
“Diffuse Near Infrared Spectroscopy (DNIRS):  More Than Meets the Eye”

 Casey LaDuke
PhD Candidate, College of Arts and Sciences, Psychology
“Can Neuropsychology Enhance Predictions of Violence?”


Books & Bagels Center City

Wednesday, April 17th 12-1pm
Student Lounge, 1st Floot New College Building


Renata Carneiro
PhD Candidate, College of Nursing and Health Professions, Couple and Family Therapy
“A Lit Review of Therapists’ Attraction to their Clients Through a Feminist Perspective”

Senem Zeytinoglu
PhD Candidate, College of Nursing and Health Professions, Couple and Family Therapy
“Experiences of Couples Having a Young Child with Cleft Lip and/or Palate, Comparing Prenatal and Postnatal Diagnosis Groups: A Phenomenological Study”

Moderated by Phi Nguyen, Director, Student Affairs


Books & Bagels: Conversations on Interdisciplinary Research

Friday, April 26th 12-1pm
Graduate Student Lounge (Main 010)


Siddhita Mhatre
PhD Candidate, College of Arts and Sciences, Biological Sciences
“Modeling Alzheimer’s Disease in Drosophila melanogaster”

Maia Smith
MS Candidate, School of Public Health, Biostatistics
“Insularity as an Independent Risk Factor for Homicide”

Edward Damon
PhD Candidate, College of Arts and Sciences, Physics
“Articulated Arm Calibration of Double Chooz”

Moderated by Dr. Pamela Geller, Associate Professor, Psychology

Fulbright U.S. Student Program

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides funding for one year of self-designed study, research and/or teaching in one of over 140 countries around the world. The program is sponsored by the Department of State.

Eligible students are US Citizens who will have a bachelor’s degree before the start of the grant (Fall 2014). Graduates and graduate students are also eligible to apply.

First Steps to Fulbright Workshops

Thu, Apr 11, 1PM
Center City Campus, Bellett Bldg Room 209, 1505 Race St.

Mon, Apr 15, 12-1:30PM
2019 MacAlister (33rd and Chestnut)

Tue, Apr 16, 12noon
Queen Lane Campus, exact location TBA

Thu, Apr 25, 6-7:30PM EDT (webinar)
Follow webinar live at this link

Come hear about the Fulbright Study/Research grants from Drexel students who are finalists for the program and staff from the Drexel Fellowships Office.

In this workshop, we will review the basics of the Fulbright US Student Program and consider a range of projects that students have done with the support of a Fulbright grant. Participants will leave the workshop with one or two initial ideas for what they might propose to do on a Fulbright if they were to apply.

For more information visit the Fulbright US Student Program website or email us at!