Ms. Nicol R. Howard, Ph.D. in Education, Cultural and Curricular Studies emphasis, and Mr. Rene Israel German, Master of Science in Computational and Data Science, earned Chapman University’s 2015 James L. Doti Outstanding Graduate Student Awards.
Dr. Nicol R. Howard received a Ph.D. in education with an emphasis in cultural and curricular studies. Her nomination from the College of Educational Studies stated, “She has demonstrated a consistent history of caring and service, along with an indefatigable and vibrant search for knowledge and the advancement of research to benefit children.” Dr. Howard’s research has recently focused on the predictability of STEM achievement in algebra for female high school students utilizing parent involvement. She has also written several articles focused on effective technology use in the classroom. In addition to teaching and developing courses at Chapman, Dr. Howard has been working in the public school system for the past eight years, and currently teaches in the Santa Ana Unified School District.
Mr. Rene Israel German is receiving a Master of Science in computational and data science. His nomination from Schmid College of Science and Technology stated, “To those of us in the Schmid College that have gotten to know him since he arrived at Chapman over 12 years ago, Rene is more than just an outstanding student. He is a talented teacher, genuine mentor, and a dependable colleague.” He currently works in Chapman’s Machine Learning and Assistive Technology Lab, where he tackles research problems in autism and ABA therapy. Mr. German is an adjunct professor at Chapman and has served as Senior Software Engineer for Core Logic. Recently, he became Lead Software Engineer for grandPad, Inc.
Mr. Ryan J. McGill, Ph.D. in Education, School Psychology emphasis, and Mr. Thomas C. Cottam, Master of Arts in International Studies, earned Chapman University’s 2014 James L. Doti Outstanding Graduate Student Awards.
Mr. Ryan McGill is receiving a Ph.D. in education with an emphasis in school psychology. Ryan has demonstrated a consistent history of caring and service, along with an indefatigable and vibrant search for knowledge and the advancement of research to benefit children. He has written several scholarly works, has made over 20 presentations throughout the U.S., serves on two professional journal editorial boards, and mentors students as they learn to publish and present their own works. He has taught advanced courses at Chapman and La Sierra University. Recently, he accepted a full-time faculty position at Texas Women’s University in Denton, Texas.
Mr. Thomas Cottam is receiving a Master of Arts in international studies with particular interests in national security and U.S.-China relations. In addition to his outstanding academic achievements, Tom is the model of global citizenship that is central to Chapman’s mission. His commitment to understanding cross-cultural interactions has inspired him to live and work in Scotland, to teach English in China, and to enlist in the U.S. Army as an intelligence analyst. Mr. Cottam served 15 months in Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. He is a member of Sigma Iota Rho honors society for international studies.
Ms. Amy Hanreddy, Ph.D. in Education, Disability Studies emphasis, and Ms. Valentina Marinac, Master of Arts in International Studies, earned Chapman University’s 2013 James L. Doti Outstanding Graduate Student Awards.