Director of Graduate Fellowships
Kathryn Ebel Ágoston, Ph.D.
Director of Graduate Fellowships
George Mason University
Dr. Ágoston joined Mason as university’s first Director of Graduate Fellowships in 2011. She was previously the Director of Georgetown University’s McGhee Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies in Alanya, Turkey, and Assistant Professor of Geography at Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, OH. She has an M.A. and Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Texas at Austin, and a B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. She is a published scholar of the cultural and historical geography of the Ottoman Empire, and has been the recipient of fellowships and awards from Fulbright, Fulbright-Hays, the Social Science Research Council, the Woodrow Wilson Fellowships Foundation (Andrew W. Mellon Fellow), the Ford Foundation, and the American Research Institute in Turkey. In 2001 she was among the inaugural class of Harrington Fellows at the University of Texas at Austin. At Georgetown she coordinated and directed summer institutes in Turkish for the U.S. State Department’s Critical Language Scholarship program. She has been recognized throughout her career for student mentorship, an international perspective, and the ability to write for both academic and popular audiences. A blog she authored in 2006 while living in Istanbul, Manzara, was recognized by National Geographic for outstanding writing on life and culture in modern Turkey.
Graduate Fellowship Award Winners
George Mason University is proud to recognize the following recent awardees. Are you the recipient of a graduate fellowship, scholarship, or grant award? If so, please let us know so that we may record and recognize your accomplishment.
ACG Richard M. Hunt Fellowship 2012-13
Ammon Shepherd, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History, was awarded a 2012-2013 Richard M. Hunt Fellowship for the Study of German History, Politics, Society, and Culture by the American Council on Germany. The fellowship allowed Shepherd to travel to Germany to do research on his dissertation, “Nazi Tunnels: Underground Factory Dispersal Projects of World War II,” (http://nazitunnels.org) which he is writing under the supervision of Professor Marion Deshmukh. During his time in Germany Shepherd will travel to Nazi tunnel and to gather data from the subterranean factory sites and from local archives.
Fulbright U.S. Student Research/Study Grant to the Democratic Republic of the Congo 2013
Ashley Milton, a PhD candidate in Environmental Science and Policy, was awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Research Grant to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) for 2013-2014. Ashley’s research focuses on water conservation, resource management, sustainable development and climate security in sub-Saharan Africa. Her Fulbright project will use the Lac Tele-Lac Tumba landscape in the DRC as case study to identify the effects that forest cover change will have on local community livelihoods, water resources, and climate security.
American Institute of Maghrib Studies Research Grant 2013
Caroline Boules, PhD candidate in Environmental Science and Policy, won a Long-Term Research Grant in 2013 from the American Institute for Maghrib Studies in support of her dissertation field work in Tunisia. Caroline’s research focuses on water management regimes and resilience to water scarcity in dry land agricultural systems, using Tunisia as a case study.
Cosmos Club Foundation Scholars Award 2014
Dana McCoskey, an MS student in Environmental Science and Public Policy, was awarded a Cosmos Scholars Grant in 2014 in support of her project titled “Investigating trophic linkages for a Neotropical migratory bird: Molecular identification of prey items and validation of a protocol for molecular studies of avian diets.” Dana’s research interests are in avian ecology, forestry, and conservation. Her research at Mason seeks to better understand the ecology of a declining migratory forest bird and to advance our understanding of molecular ecology applications.
Cosmos Club Foundation Max and Vera Britton Award 2014
Karoline Oldham, winner of a Cosmos Scholars Grant in 2014, is in the School of Systems Biology pursuing an M.S. in Systematics and Evolution. The grant will provide support for a component of Karoline’s Master’s Thesis that entails a population genetic study of the North American wildflower species Melampyrum lineare. Karoline’s research seeks to determine where this species’ most diverse populations currently reside how it has migrated since the last glacial maximum approximately 20,000 years ago.
Kathryn Davis Fellowship for Peace 2014
Rebecca Griffith, a 2014 recipient of the Kathryn Davis Fellowship for Peace, recently earned her Master’s in Education, Curriculum and Instruction from GMU’s FAST TRAIN Program. The Kathryn Davis Fellowship for Peace will fund Rebecca to study intensive Spanish language during the summer of 2014 at the Middlebury College Spanish Summer Language School, hosted at the Middlebury Mills campus in Oakland, CA. Rebecca’s commitment to studying Spanish arose from her interest in working with the U.S. Hispanic immigrant community through her career in teaching. Her long-term goal is to continue working with this segment of society through educational advocacy work.
Fulbright U.S. Student Research/Study Grant to Brazil, 2013-14
Stacie Castelda was awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Research Grant to Brazil in 2013-14. Stacie is a PhD student in Environmental Science and Policy at the George Mason University / Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute. Her research in Brazil focuses on the impact of human development activities on three canid species in Brazil’s Cerrado ecosystem and seeks ways to reduce human-wildlife conflicts through improved animal husbandry practices. She is planning a career as a conservation biologist.
Boren Fellowship to South Korea 2012-13
Albert Kim is pursuing a Ph.D. in Political Science at George Mason University and is the recipient of a Boren Fellowship for 2012-13. The Boren Fellowship will send Albert to Seoul, South Korea, for twelve months to undertake intensive training in advanced Korean language, along with graduate coursework at Korea University’s Graduate School for International Studies and pre-dissertation research on Korean security issues in U.S. foreign policy, in particular the issues of Korean reunification and nuclear nonproliferation.
Critical Language Scholarship to Turkey 2012
Allison Scarborough, a 2012 recipient of a Critical Language Scholarship for modern Turkish, is pursuing a Master’s in International Commerce and Policy at GMU’s School of Public Policy. The Critical Language Scholarship will fund Allison to study intensive Turkish language at a U.S. State-Department-sponsored summer language institute in Izmir, Turkey. Allison’s commitment to studying Turkish arose from her interest in U.S.-Turkish economic cooperation and commercial ties, which she became more aware of through her SPP coursework on the global economy.
Cosmos Club Foundation Max and Vera Britton Award 2012
Michael Hallworth is pursuing a Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Public Policy. In 2012 he was awarded the Cosmos Scholars Max and Vera Britton Environmental Science Award to support his doctoral research titled, “The influence of migratory connectivity and seasonal interactions on individual- and population-dynamics of a migratory songbird”
Mona Anita K. Olsen
Fulbright U.S. Student Research/Study Grant to Norway
Mona Anita K. Olsen, a Ph.D. Candidate at The College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University specializing in entrepreneurship education, was awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Research Grant to Norway for 2012-2013. Her Fulbright research project will explore the use of apprenticeship models to inform innovation in traditional entrepreneurship courses at the university level. Mona holds a Masters in Management of Information Technology from the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce and a Bachelor of Science with Distinction from The School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University.
Cosmos Club Foundation Scholars Award 2012
Samantha DeTillio is pursuing a MA in the History of the Decorative Arts at George Mason University in partnership with The Smithsonian Associates. In 2012 she was awarded a Cosmos Club Foundation Young Scholars Grant to support her ongoing independent research project with the working title, “Discovering Charles J. Connick: the man, the studio and the stained glass windows of Boston and New York.” In June 2012 Samantha will also be beginning a year-long placement as the Tiffany and Company Foundation Intern in American Decorative Arts in the curatorial office of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s American Wing.
Cosmos Club Foundation Scholars Award 2012
Laura O’Hara is pursuing an M.A. in History and New Media at George Mason University. In 2012 she was awarded a Cosmos Club Foundation Young Scholars Grant in support of expanding a research project begun as a course term paper, and that she hopes to have published. The paper is tentatively titled, “‘If the City Burns Tonight, I’m Holding You Responsible:’ Black Power, White Conservatives, and the Alexandria Civil Disturbances, May 29 – June 9, 1970.”
Steven Harris Scott
Colonial Williamsburg Gilder Lehrman Fellowship
Steven Harris Scott, a Ph.D. candidate in History at GMU, received a Colonial Williamsburg Gilder Lehrman Short-Term Residential Fellowship in 2012. Steven spent April of 2012 at the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library at Colonial Williamsburg, with its distinguished collection of primary and secondary sources relating to British America, the American Revolution, and the Early Republic. Steven’s research focuses on bound labor in early America, specifically charting the messy, incomplete and nonlinear transition from a labor system based on white indentured servants to one dependent on African slaves in two less-researched areas, Virginia’s “Northern Neck” and the islands of Bermuda.
Bryce Harlow Foundation Fellowship
Marcie Foster is pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Policy at Mason’s School of Public Policy. She was awarded a 2012-2013 Bryce Harlow Foundation Fellowship for students who are pursuing a career in professional advocacy through public affairs, government relations or lobbying. Marcie is a part-time student who works full-time as a Policy Analyst at the Center for Law and Social Policy, developing and advocating for policies that help low-skilled adults better prepare for higher education and training. Marcie holds a B.A. in American Politics from the University of Virginia.
Bryce Harlow Foundation Fellowship
Catherine Boudreaux is pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Policy at GMU’s School of Public Policy. She was awarded a 2012-2013 Bryce Harlow Foundation Fellowship for students who are pursuing a full-time career in professional advocacy through public affairs, government relations or lobbying while completing their graduate education. Catherine works as a federal lobbyist for the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
Zoonotic and Animal Disease Defense (ZADD) STEM Career Development Program Fellowship
Nazly Shafagati is pursuing a Ph.D. in Biology with a concentration in Microbiology and Infectious Diseases. In 2012 she was granted a Zoonotic and Animal Disease Defense (ZADD) STEM Career Development Program Fellowship by the National Center for Foreign Animal and Zoonotic Disease Defense (FAZD). This award will support Nazly’s first two years of doctoral study at George Mason University. Nazly’s research, which will be directed by Prof. Kylene Kehn-Hall in Mason’s Center for Biodefense and Infectious Disease, is focused on the use of nanoparticles in the detection of Rift Valley Fever Virus nucleoprotein.