Category: students

Tolu Odebunmi Receives IGALA 10 USA-based Scholar Travel Grant

Tolu OdebunmiRTC PhD candidate, Tolu Odebunmi recently received a IGALA 10 USA-based Scholar Travel Grant of the National Science Foundation (NSF) in June 2018 with academic support from Dr. Victoria Bergvall. The grant was to assist her to present at the International Gender and Language (IGALA) conference at the University of Botswana in Gaborone, Botswana. The conference theme was “Gender, Language and Sexuality in Multicultural Contexts.” Odebunmi’s paper was titled “A Critical Discourse Study of ‘Sex trash talk’ in Liberian protests.” The grant was administered through the University of New Hampshire (Durham, NH, USA), and was aimed at graduate students whose abstracts have been accepted by the IGALA conference scientific committee.


Nancy Achiaa Frimpong Presents at Comics Studies Society Conference

Nancy FrimpongRTC Master student, Nancy Achiaa Frimpong presented a paper on August 11, 2018 at the Comics Studies Society conference at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The conference theme was “Mind the Gaps! The Futures of the Field”. Frimpong presented on the topic “Ebola Virus Disease as Colored: The Case of American Online News Dissemination of Comics.” Her presentation received financial support from the Graduate Students Government Travel Grant, and the Humanities Department Travel Grant; and academic mentorship from communication and culture professor, Dr. Sue Collins.


The CinOptic Enterprise Team Wins First Place!

CinOptic team photoThe Humanities Department’s CinOptic Enterprise Team won first place in the Enterprise Team competition at the 2018 Design Expo for their poster and presentation. Pictured, from left to right are:
Back: Zach Martens (STC), Sarah Lindbeck (STC), Noah Kozminski (STC), Shaun Burriss (Math Ed), McKenzy Rehfus (CCM)
Front: Eric Smith (VPA), Abigail Kuehne (CCM)
Photo by: Nathan Shaiyen, CCM and CinOptic member.

Joel Beatty and Stefka Hristova Co-author Book Chapter

Joel Beatty and Stefka Hristova wearing graduation robesRTC graduate, Joel Beatty, and professor Stefka Hristova have co-authored a chapter in the book, Surveillance, Race, Culture, published by Palgrave Macmillan, 2018. Their chapter is titled “Articulating Race: Reading Skin Color as Taxonomy and as Numerical Data”. According to Dr. Hristova, the chapter “explores the transformation of race into biodata at the turn of the 20th century”. The book is edited by Susan Flynn, University of the Arts, London; and Antonia Mackay, Oxford Brookes University. 


Math Luther, Undergraduate English Major, Wins Study Abroad Scholarship

Matt LutherMichigan Tech undergraduate students Matt Luther and Trenton Woodcox are two of four recipients to win a Japan Business Society of Detroit (JBSD) Foundation scholarship to study Japanese language and culture at the Japan Center for Michigan Universities (JCMU) in Hikone, Shiga Prefecture, Japan. They will arrive in September, and study on JCMU’s campus the entire 2018-19 academic year. The $4,000 scholarships will offset travel, tuition and living expenses.

Motivated by career goals, both are certain their year abroad will set them up for success in competitive professions.

Luther, an English major with a minor in teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL), says he “was interested in Japanese culture from a young age. After I graduate, I plan to go to Japan to teach English long term.”

Woodcox is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in social sciences with a focus in law and society. Expected to graduate in 2020, he says he wants to “work on international policy or law at the U.N., work at an embassy like the Japanese embassy or work with the CIA in country profiling, so I think (studying abroad in Japan) will definitely help a lot.”

Read the full story on mtu.edu/news.


Anna K. Swartz Publishes Book Review and Article

Anna K. SwartzAnna K. Swartz, a graduate of Rhetoric, Theory and Culture, has a book review of “Phenomenology of Illness” published at Metapsychology Online Reviews.

In addition, Swartz  published the article, “Are You Really Trans?”: The Problem with Trans Brain Science for the International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics official blog.

Noah Kozminski, Intern with Kijenzi

Noah Kozminski in a class with Kenyan studentsMy internship with Kijenzi—a group introducing 3-D printing for medical applications in rural Kenya—was less a formally established involvement, and more a reflection of ongoing efforts I started in summer 2017 and will continue in this summer. I had the opportunity to continue investing my time and energy in a project that I believe in, and to have some tangible return on that investment in the form of credits.

This internship led me to develop and fund a research project, develop a web presence and branding material, and be an integral part of an international interdisciplinary team. I’ve had extensive opportunities to develop my skills as a professional communicator with the variety of work I have been responsible for over the semester and beyond, giving me the hands-on experience necessary to learn a trade. Getting outside the classroom and working on client projects with real-world impacts is an invaluable experience, and I appreciated the chance to work with Kijenzi during the academic year, continuing my involvement in the organization while also advancing my degree at Michigan Tech.