This award is given to recent Ph.D.s for outstanding research at the university or immediately after graduating. It is named for the late Robert C. Anderson, who served as UGA’s vice president for research and president of the University of Georgia Research Foundation, Inc.
Ana M. Gutiérrez-Colina, a recent graduate student in the Department of Psychology and current postdoctoral fellow at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, investigates cross-cutting issues relevant to multiple pediatric populations. Her work examines adherence to prescribed medication regimes, quality of life, cognitive and psychosocial function, and medical outcomes. She has pursued novel research ideas with direct clinical implications and has demonstrated sophistication in study conceptualization, design and data analysis. Gutiérrez-Colina is currently working on research that could elucidate how the presence of abnormal resting-state neural networks may be one of the mechanistic drivers underlying disruptions in executive functioning in youth with epilepsy. This work seeks to enhance the development of intervention efforts targeting neurocognitive vulnerabilities in children with epilepsy. She has also employed innovative statistical approaches to examine unanswered questions about barriers to medication adherence.
Jieun Lee completed a Ph.D. in theatre and performance studies and a graduate certificate in women’s studies in spring 2018 and is now assistant professor in the Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Wake Forest University. In her dissertation she argues that the performances of the Korean diaspora are a site of liminality that not only transgresses the demarcations of ethnic and national belonging, but also transforms the politics of race, class, gender and sexuality within and beyond 21st century North America. Lee analyzes dramatic representations of the Korean diasporic family, the subversive performances of Korean diasporic women artists, and autobiographical solo performances by Korean adoptees in the United States. Her dissertation’s scope will provide a valuable resource for future scholarship in theater and performance history, women’s studies and Asian/American studies, as well as further transnational and postcolonial feminist theories.
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