Alumni Spotlight: November 2019 – Patrick Sterner, M.S.

Principal at Alitek What was/is your area of study? I graduated in 2003 with an MS in Computer Science, a BS in Physics, and a BA in Mathematics.  As an undergraduate in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, I contributed to research in the experimental particle physics group. Later, I taught introductory programming courses and…

Alumni Spotlight: November 2019 – Dr. Ranya Ahmed

Senior Researcher at Legal Services Corporation (LSC) Alumna of the Department of Political Science What was/is your area of study? I earned my doctorate in Political Science, and I specialized in policy, international relations, and research methods. Previous to my doctoral work, I earned a Master’s degree in International Studies, and a Master of Public…

Alumni Spotlight: October 2019 – Jori Cheville – MFA

Museum Manager at 21c Museum Hotel Kansas City.  What was/is your area of study? (Essentially, what department did you get your graduate degree in and what was your specialization) I received a Master of Fine Art degree in 2013 with an emphasis in Painting.  I received my Bachelor of Fine Art from the Kansas City…

Alumni Spotlight: August 2019 – Brian Hawkins, MFA

Photographer and Lecturer in the Department of Visual Arts, University of Kansas Alumnus of the Department of Visual Arts, Masters of Fine Arts What was/is your area of study or creative work? I have an MFA in Visual Art. I came to KU to study printmaking, but I quickly became interested in making cut-paper animations…

Alumni Spotlight: March 2019 – Jay Bohanon, M.A.

Program Coordinator for the Office LGBTQI Life, Vanderbilt University Alumni of the Department of  Religious Studies, Masters of Arts What was/is your area of study? Religious Studies – I specialized in looking at sports though a religious lens. My personal research focused on looking at Muay Thai (Thai boxing) through a religious lens. I also…

Alumni Spotlight: February 2019 – Dr. Mark White

Analytics Engineer at a progressive, digital communications agency. Alumni of the Department of Psychology What was/is your area of study? My Ph.D. is in social psychology. I primarily researched the pernicious ways that people try to justify expressing their prejudices, but I also published studies on topics like intergroup emotions, dehumanization, and political psychology. In…

Alumni Spotlight: January 2019 – Dr. Crystal Boson

Senior Learning Designer for Cerner Corporation, a health information and EHR technologies company. American Studies Department: What is your area of study? I was in the American Studies Department from 2010-2014. My specialization areas were in Black Religion, Quare Theory, Popular Culture and Performance Theory. My work specifically focused on the representations of the faith…

Alumni Spotlight: November 2018 – Dr. Chelsie Bright

Senior Experience Management Scientists for Qualtrics. Department of Political Science: What is your area of study? I completed my masters and then PhD in political science with a focus on quantitative research and policy analysis. The mentorship and instruction I received in the Political Science Department at KU was exceptional. Both of my chairs, Dr….

Alumni Spotlight: October 2018 – Dr. Hailey Drescher

Consultant for Trask LLC Department of Communications: What is your area of study? I earned my PhD in Communication Studies with an emphasis in Legal Communication.  I chose the University of Kansas predominately because I wanted to work with Dr. Tom Beisecker.  I knew that I wanted to pursue a career in trial consulting, and…

Alumni Spotlight: January 2018 – Rachel Myslivy

This month, we’re partnering up with our College colleagues to highlight one of our Graduate Hawks to Watch! To learn about our other Hawks to Watch – Recent College alumni doing awesome things, visit the Hawks to Watch Blog. Rachel Myslivy, Statewide Coordinator, Double Up Food Bucks; Board Member, Climate + Energy Project KU Degree: MA…