Highlights

Learn about others in the School of Graduate Studies including Presidential Doctoral Research Fellows, faculty, alumni and graduate students making an impact.

Idowu Atoloye, Researcher, Beekeeper

Idowu Atoloye, Researcher, Beekeeper Can compost affect how many crops are grown? Idowu Atoloye is a PDRF studying soil plants and climate, and his research focuses on organic wheats and how compost can [...]

Abram, Biochemistry PDRF

Abram, Biochemistry PDRF Abram Bernard, a PhD student in the Biochemistry department, studies a bacterium called Shigella that causes a severe type of dysentery. He describes the bacteria having protein structures shaped like a needle that pierces a [...]

  • Samantha Corralejo

Samantha Corralejo

Samantha Corralejo Samantha Corralejo is a California native who is here at Utah State studying as a PDRF in the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services. She loves cooking, birding, running, music, and has [...]

Emily Virgin: Lizard Wrangler

Emily Virgin: Lizard Wrangler Emily Virgin has been interested in reptiles since she was a child. Her father would save frogs, salamanders and toads in a bucket for her when she was young. [...]

  • Ryan Choi

PDRF Studies Climate Change and Coastal Ecosystems in Alaska

PDRF Studies Climate Change and Costal Ecosystems in Alaska Whether it’s working as a fisheries observer on the Bering Sea during the winter in 15-20 foot seas or taking a 100-day hike through the deserts [...]

  • Beth Shirley Utah State University

Beth Shirley

Beth Shirley Beth’s emphasis is, in her words, not “floofy” writing; it’s purely technical communication with a focus on “non-human actors as having rhetorical agency” and her goal is to help scientists better [...]

Jackson Reid: Aerospace Engineer

Jackson Reid: Aerospace Engineer Reid is a PhD student in Aerospace Engineering and a Presidential Doctoral Research Fellow at Utah State University. He graduated from USU with a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering. He [...]

Sun Jeon: Social Statistician and Popular Blogger

Sun Jeon: Social Statistician Sun Jeon is a graduate student in the sociology department. She was born and raised in a big city in South Korea. She received her undergraduate degree in engineering [...]

Forrest Schoessow: Geography’s Foot Soldier

Forrest Schoessow: Geography's Foot Soldier Forrest Schoessow said being trained to write like a scientist makes it hard to write about yourself. But we have no problem writing about him because there is [...]

Mikey Kettinger: Interactive Artist

Mikey Kettinger: Interactive Artist USU graduate student, Mikey Kettinger does not view art the same way most artists do. To him, art is not about making money or showing your personal talents, but [...]

Dealing with Domestic Violence: How a USU Alumna Helps Children Find Healing

Dealing with Domestic Violence: How a USU Alumna Helps Children Find Healing The United States Justice Department estimates 1 in 15 children are exposed to domestic violence each year, and USU alumnus, Catherine [...]

Troy Munro: Aggie to Assistant Professor

USU Alum Receives Assistant Professor Position Straight Out of Graduation A first generation college student, a Presidential Doctoral Research Fellow, and recipient of the Doctoral Researcher of the Year award for the College of Engineering, these are [...]

Leslie Forero: Mushroom Expert

Leslie Forero: Mushroom Expert Leslie Forero is wild about mushrooms. And that makes sense, considering her study of things beneath our feet. Forero is a Presidential Doctoral Research Fellow in the S.J. & [...]

School, Work, Family: A USU Alumnus Reflects Back on Balancing It All

School, Work, Family: A USU Alumnus Reflects Back on Balancing It All David Garrett is a Utah State University alumnus. In 2011, he graduated with dual master’s degrees in Applied Economics and Food [...]

Leadership on the Fly

Leadership on the Fly Leadership strategies and philosophies abound, but for USU alumnus Martha Hahn, the best way to learn how to lead is to fly fish. Fly fishing is a love of [...]

Dr. Lee Foote Returns to USU

In 1990, Dr. Lee Foote received his PhD in Ecology from Utah State University. Now 26-years later, Foote returned to Logan on Jan. 20 to present on his book, Oral Exams: Preparing For and Passing Candidacy, Qualifying, and Graduate Defenses.

Read about and watch his presentation[...]

Ryan Choi: Climate Change Advocate

Things are Connected: PDRF Studies Broad Impacts of Climate Change It’s the interconnectedness of species and environments that captures the attention of ecologist and outdoor enthusiast Ryan Choi. The Presidential Research Fellow [...]

  • Robert McDermott

In the Rocks: PDRF Uncovers Secrets of the Wasatch Fault

In the Rocks: PDRF Uncovers Secrets of the Wasatch Fault Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native Robert McDermott always wanted to “do science.” He began conducting experiments at a young age with his grandfather, a scientist [...]

PDRF Uses Cloud Computing Research to Protect Against Hackers

PDRF Uses Cloud Computing Research to Protect Against Hackers It would be unfair to say Boyang Wang, one of Utah State University’s Presidential Doctoral Research Fellows, has his head in the clouds; rather, [...]

PDRFs Explore Water Issues, 3D Technologies

Presidential Doctoral Fellows Explore Water Issues, 3D Technologies Tyler King It’s mid-summer in the North Slope of Alaska. The sun hangs low on the horizon, seemingly always shining, but never beating down [...]

D. Wynne Thorne Career Research Awardees Impart Wisdom to Research Fellows

D. Wynne Thorne Career Research Awardees Impart Wisdom to Research Fellows The Office of Research and Graduate Studies held a networking breakfast and lecture on Tuesday in honor of USU's first vice president [...]

Psych PDRF Focuses on the Methodology of Research

Psych PDRF Focuses on the Methodology of Research Upon first coming to Utah State University in fall 2013, psychology graduate student Kaylee Litson didn’t know anything about the Presidential Doctoral Research Fellowship. Once [...]

2014 PDRF Recipients Dig Deep into Research

2014 PDRF Recipients Dig Deep into Research To highlight Utah State University's best doctoral students, the Office of Research and Graduate Studies established the USU Presidential Doctoral Research Fellows (PDRF) program. Representing our [...]

Passion for Engineering Prompts PDRF to Pursue Degrees in Three Countries

Passion for Engineering Prompts Presidential Doctoral Research Fellow to Pursue Degrees in Three Countries USU’s Presidential Doctoral Research Fellow (PDRF) Pratima Labroo developed an interest in biology and mathematics in high school and [...]

Presidential Doctoral Research Fellow Applies Psychological Findings from Animal Research to Human Behavior

Presidential Doctoral Research Fellow Applies Psychological Findings from Animal Research to Human Behavior Brooke Berry started to develop an interest in a type of mindfulness-based psychotherapy called the Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) [...]

Presidential Doctoral Research Fellow Profile: Philadelphian Fellow Seeks to Integrate Mathematics and Ecology in Research

Presidential Doctoral Research Fellow Profile: Philadelphian Fellow Seeks to Integrate Mathematics and Ecology in Research Since graduating from Oberlin College in pure mathematics, USU Presidential Doctoral Research Fellow Erica Christensen has worked at [...]

Great Salt Lake Researcher Pursues Doctorate Degree at USU

Presidential Doctoral Research Fellow Interested in Human-Wildlife Interactions USU Presidential Doctoral Research Fellow Maureen Frank has a wide range of experience in wildlife research -- from analyzing morphology in the laboratory to spending [...]