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Meet Jenna Gorlewicz

Drawn by the faculty and research at Vanderbilt, Jenna Gorlewicz worked on many projects during her time at Vanderbilt.  Eventually, she formed her research as a way to connect with the people that use the technologies she was developing.  Haptics and touchscreens are a match made in heaven, and the potential it has for education…

Posted by on April 20, 2016 in Successful Alumni

Camille Burge

Meet Camille Burge

Camille Burge entered Vanderbilt with an idea of using her degree for work in politics–not the academy.  After really enjoying her teaching experiences, she switched her career plans.  Though the academic job market is a scary place, she learned that preparation is the best tool at your disposal.  Below she shares her perspective on how…

Posted by on February 19, 2016 in Successful Alumni

Davis Speaking

Meet Carolyn Davis

After exploring the academic job market during the final years of her doctoral program, Carolyn stopped to reflect on what she really wanted for her life and what career options allowed her to continue pursuing her passions for research, teaching, and advocacy—and she opened herself to the possibility that such opportunities might be available outside…

Posted by on December 11, 2015 in Successful Alumni, , ,

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Meet David Wiseman

David Wiseman has enthusiastically explored his interests. From translating to editing to teaching, he has passionately pursued any opportunity to further his professional development, and it has served him well. His diversity of experience has allowed him to have many different positions. Instead of following a traditional career path, he has created one. Jessica Parks-Piatt:…

Posted by on June 29, 2015 in Successful Alumni, , , ,


Meet Tugba Gursel Sevin

Tugba Gursel Sevin feels very lucky to have grown up in a multilingual family and environment in her native land, Turkey.  She pulled from her own experiences of learning Spanish as a non-native speaker and applied that to being a language and literature teacher to other students whose first language was not Spanish.  While she…

Posted by on May 27, 2015 in Successful Alumni, ,

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Meet Neil Templeton

In 2014, Neil Templeton graduated from Vanderbilt’s Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering program.  Currently he is working at Merck & Co as a Senior Scientist in Bioprocess Development.  We caught up with him to see how he made the transition from the academic lab to the pharmaceutical industry. Jessica Parks-Piatt: So tell me what research you…

Posted by on March 20, 2015 in Successful Alumni, ,

Fan Fei

Meet Fan Fei Chong

My dissertation research is in the area of Non-commutative Geometry. This is a branch of Mathematics which seeks to build relations (‘duality’) between several seemingly unrelated areas of Mathematics, so that tools in one area may be lent to yield elegant solutions to hard problems in another area. My work was very theoretical which was…

Posted by on March 4, 2015 in Successful Alumni, ,


Meet Krista Craven

In my application to Vanderbilt, I outlined my interest in utilizing a less conventional approach to research, known as participatory action research (PAR).  PAR involves elucidating the main issues that are of relevance to a particular group or community through dialogue and collaborative data collection and analysis, and then creating and implementing a plan of…

Posted by on January 30, 2015 in Successful Alumni, , , , ,


Meet Caree Banton

Growing up as a Caribbean immigrant in the US, history gave me a way to find my identity and orientation within the scope of humanity.  Though my parents wanted me to study computer science in order to find a lucrative career, my passion has always been and always will be history.  While at Vanderbilt, my…

Posted by on January 16, 2015 in Successful Alumni, ,

Andrew Greer, Research Associate at Westat

Meet Andrew Greer

While at Vanderbilt I focused my dissertation on the effectiveness and efficiency of homelessness prevention in California and New York.  The evaluation work I am doing now at Westat is a logical continuation of that.  For example, I build statistical models to evaluate whether homelessness services affect a variety of outcomes.  Compared to my program,…

Posted by on November 14, 2014 in Successful Alumni, ,

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