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Tabitha Graves

Tabitha Graves

Tabitha Graves, doctoral student in forestry, received two prestigious fellowships this spring. American Fellowships from the American Association of University Women (AAUW) provide a $20,000 award to support women scholars completing doctoral dissertations, conducting postdoctoral research, or finishing research for publication.

She also received a $15,000 Philanthropic Educational Organization (PEO) Scholar Award, a merit-based award for women of the U.S. and Canada who are pursuing a doctoral degree or postdoctoral research.

Graves studies the spatial ecology of grizzly bears in northwestern Montana, linking the influences of habitat, environmental characteristics, and human development to grizzly bear abundance, gene flow, and dispersal. In the process, she creates new approaches for analyzing data useful to these questions for other species. Her research will provide management recommendations for conserving grizzly bears.

Cindy Liu

Cindy Liu

Cindy Liu, doctoral student in biology, was selected to attend the 61st Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings, a globally recognized forum to interact with other young researchers and Nobel Laureates this June. About twenty Nobel Laureates in Physiology or Medicine and five hundred young researchers from 78 countries will meet at Lindau, Germany to exchange ideas, discuss projects and build international networks. Cindy is one of approximately eighty U.S. students chosen for this opportunity.

Liu is performing health-related “translational research” which seeks to translate advancements in basic science research into impactful applications for public health and clinical settings. Her work studies the paranasal sinus, the adenoid, and the middle ear with a focus on comparing the microbial communities from individuals without disease and individuals with chronic, recalcitrant infections.

Lydia Paar 

Lydia Paar

Lydia Paar, master's student in creative writing, was selected for a creative writing retreat at the Millay Colony for the Arts in June. She hopes to polish a novel for publication during this month of dedicated writing time.

The colony is on the site of poet Edna St. Vincent Millay's former residence in New York state, and artists are selected competitively based on a work sample and statement of purpose. Paar is one of 50 artists chosen from 750 applicants.

Paar is the editor of Thin Air Magazine at NAU. She has received multiple awards and recognition for her fiction, poetry, and non-fiction.

Josh Palkki 

Joshua Palkki

Josh Palkki, master's student in music, is the conductor of the NAU Men’s Chorale and one of the principle conductors for the NAU Chamber Singers. At this year’s American Choral Directors Association Competition in Chicago, Palkki was chosen out of 150 video auditions to compete in the semifinals as one of eight graduate-level and seven undergraduate-level competitors. He then advanced to the finals where he competed against three doctoral-level conductors.

Each conductor worked with a group of 85 choral singers chosen from schools around the nation. The conductors were given an eight-minute timeframe to organize and instruct the singers in front of a panel of six judges.  Pallki placed third in the overall competition. 

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2011-12 ARCS Scholars

Five NAU doctoral students were awarded Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) scholarships of $7,000 each for the 2011-12 academic year. Jennifer Ginther, Jeff Kane, Jamie Lamit, Lucy Mullin, and Robert Strahan can use the funds for field work, lab analyses, travel, equipment and reference work purchases, and otherwise unaffordable aspects of their research.

The ARCS Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded in 1958 in response to Russia's launch of the first satellite in space. This monumental accomplishment was compelling evidence of America’s need to support the education of its scientists to become competitive in technological fields.

A doctoral student applying for the ARCS scholarship must have a high scholastic record; proven ability in natural science, medicine or engineering; and be a U.S. citizen. Applications are accepted for the Phoenix chapter each December. If interested, contact the NAU Graduate College next fall for an application form.

(Photo of Cindy Liu courtesy of NAU TV Services;
other photos courtesy of the student.)