College of Health and Human Development Students Receive University Awards

February 20, 2008

Three graduate students in the College of Health and Human Development have received prestigious awards from the University.

Elizabeth A. Beverly, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Biobehavioral Health, received the Penn State Alumni Association Dissertation Award in the Social Sciences – Applied and Basic category. The award recognizes outstanding full-time doctoral students who have passed their comprehensive exam, received approval of their dissertation topics, and are within their final year of graduate studies. Beverly’s dissertation topic is “Incorporating Values and Preferences into Clinical Care Guidelines Designed for Older Adults Living with Type 2 Diabetes. Her dissertation adviser is Dr. Linda Wray, assistant professor of biobehavioral health and women’s studies.

Anne E. Pezalla and Tara Stoppa, both Ph.D. candidates in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, received the 2008 Harold F. Martin Graduate Assistant Outstanding Teaching Award. The award is jointly sponsored by the Graduate School—through the Harold F. Martin Graduate Assistant Outstanding Teaching Award endowment—and the Office of the Vice President and Dean for Undergraduate Education. Nominees for the award, which recognizes outstanding teaching performance, must have served as graduate assistants for at least two semesters within the past two years. Both Pezalla and Stoppa served as teaching assistants in HDFS 239, 312W, 315, 414, and 477. Pazella’s adviser is Dr. Fred Vondracek and Stoppa’s advisers are Dr. Sherry Corneal, associate professor of human development and family studies; and Dr. Michael Rovine, professor of human development and family studies.

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