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Sarah Adams

Sarah Adams

Sarah Adams, recipient of a 2015-2016 CALS Graduate Award for Research or Training Seminars, has won the Graduate Student Excellence in Mentoring Award, which recognizes senior doctoral students for exemplary and effective mentoring of undergraduate and/or new or junior graduate students that significantly contributes to the student’s personal growth, professional development and/or academic success.

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Jace Gatzemeyer

Jace Gatzemeyer

Jace Gatzemeyer was awarded the 2017 CALS Summer Graduate Fellowship and the 2017-2018 CALS Dissertation Support Award. Jace specializes in late-19th- and early 20th-century American fiction and is writing a dissertation on what he argues is the intricate and frequently misunderstood relationship between American modernism and regionalism

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Leland Tabares

Leland Tabares

Leland Tabares was accepted to the 2017 Futures of American Studies Institute at Dartmouth College, for which he received a CALS Graduate Award for a Research or Training Seminar to fund his participation in the institute. At this summer's institute he will present research from his ongoing dissertation project focused on "the institutional, ideological, and cultural formations that legitimate Asian American working professionals in contemporary labor economies."

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Jason Maxwell

Jason Maxwell

Jason Maxwell, recipient of the 2013 CALS Summer Graduate Fellowship, has accepted a position as Clinical Assistant Professor of English at the University at Buffalo. His dissertation, "Professing No Longer," explores the numerous intersections between literary theory and composition studies since their concurrent rise in the 1960s. Jason credits his time spent as a CALS Fellow as an important moment in his professional maturation at Penn State: "The CALS award gave me the space and time to develop the material in my dissertation in a way that wouldn't have otherwise been possible. The award supported me at a crucial moment in my professional development as a scholar, and its effects can still be felt many years later."

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Jo Hsu

Jo Hsu

Jo Hsu, winner of the Grand Prize for the 2015 CALS "Beautiful Ruins" Writing Contest, has accepted a position as Assistant Professor of position at the University of Arkansas, which she will begin in Fall 2016. Jo's research interests concern the use of personal narratives for different political and institutional motives, particularly in the context of diversity and multiculturalism. Jo also holds an M.F.A. in creative writing (fiction) from Penn State.

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