Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Eighteen UI graduate students from across campus, representing four different colleges, have been selected for the seventh annual Obermann Graduate Institute on Engagement and the Academy. This year's co-directors, Carolyn Colvin (Teaching & Learning) and Charles Connerly (Urban & Regional Planning), and Senior Graduate Fellow Eric Zimmer (History) will lead the weeklong program from January 14-18, 2013. The Institute offers a competitively selected group of UI graduate students an opportunity to explore how civic engagement can enhance teaching, research, and creative work. It is also a rare opportunity for students to share ideas and experiences with peers they would not otherwise meet. As a 2011 Obermann Graduate Fellow Monica Brasile (pictured second from left during a panel at last year's Institute) notes, “One of the best things about the Institute is the simple presence of so many passionate people with great ideas and with practical plans to make them a reality.”

The 2013 Graduate Institute Fellows:

  • Tejasi Avasare, Dental Public Health (Public Health)
  • Jacqueline Biger, Teaching & Learning (Education)
  • Bryan Brown, Communication Sciences & Disorders (CLAS)
  • Craig Eley, American Studies (CLAS)
  • Laurel Fantauzzo, Nonfiction Writing Program (CLAS)
  • Jeanette Gabriel, Teaching & Learning (Education)
  • Kristina Gavin, Library & Information Science (Graduate College)
  • Abby Haywood, Teaching & Learning (Education)
  • Sylvea Hollis, History (CLAS)
  • Noah Johnson, Anthropology (CLAS)
  • Kate Kedley, Teaching & Learning (Education)
  • Jake Kurczek, Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Neuroscience (Graduate College)
  • Marlino Mubai, History (CLAS)
  • Amanda Murphy, Art & Art History (CLAS)
  • Kwame Owusu Daaku, Urban & Regional Planning (Graduate College)
  • Mark Pooley, Urban & Regional Planning (Graduate College)
  • Matt Vasquez, Social Work (CLAS)