Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools Award - Fall 2011

Angelica Reina
Angelica Reina, winner of this year's local competition is a master's thesis in Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies

The Graduate College celebrates recent master's graduates from Iowa State. Each year it participates in the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools Thesis Award Competition and sends a representative thesis from Iowa State University to the regional competition. This award competition recognizes the most exemplary theses from master's students who have graduated from schools in the fifteen-state region within the past year.

The winner of this year's local competition is a master's thesis in Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies by Ms. Angelica Reina, "Domestic violence in Iowa: Exploring the experiences of Latinas with organization response." Ms. Reina's thesis stood out as a well-written, passionate piece of work. Her co-major professor, Dr. Brenda J. Lohman, states, "Angelica's Master's thesis was an intensive, rigorous, and in-depth qualitative study about the experiences of Latina victims of domestic violence in the State of Iowa."

In fall 2010, Angelica also received the Iota Iota Iota Honor Award, from the Iota Iota Iota Women's Studies Honor Society at Iowa State University, and a certificate of recognition for her dedication, time, and commitment as a volunteer at an anti-violence organization focusing on Iowa Latina victims. She presented her research at the 12th Annual Strengthening and Valuing Latino Communities in Iowa Conference at Iowa City, IA, and at the 2010 National Council on Family Relation Annual Conference, Minneapolis, MN. Future conference presentations include the 2011 Midwest Sociological Society Annual Meeting in St. Louis, MO, and the 2011 International Conference on Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence and Stalking in Chicago, IL. In summer 2010 Angelica earned her degree of Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies from Iowa State University, with Drs. Brenda Lohman and Marta Maldonado as co-major professors. Angelica is currently a PhD student in Human Development and Family Studies Program at Iowa State University. Her future professional and personal interests focus on working with underprivileged Latino families and communities in the Midwest.

Angelica received a $500 award from the Graduate College for placing first in the local competition at Iowa State. Her thesis has been sent to the regional competition where it will compete with other schools from the Midwestern region.

The following three people were chosen as honorable mention for the MAGS thesis competition. They each received a $100 award for their thesis recognition.

They included:

Ashley Dierenfeld, Genetics
Thesis title: "Enzyme replacement therapy treatment from birth increases therapeutic efficacy and generates tolerance to enzyme in canine mucopolysaccharidosis type I"

Aaron Gross, Toxicology
Major Professor, Joel Coats
"Expression of the Periplaneta americana's α-adrenergic-like octopamine receptor in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae: A high-throughput screening system in search of biorational insecticides"

Christa Irwin

Christa Irwin, Veterinary Preventative Medicine
Major Professor, Annette O'Connor
Thesis title: "The use of systematic reviews for decision making in animal production and policy" Christa has recently submitted part of her thesis for publication and it will be appearing in Applied and Environmental Microbiology in February 2011. She has been awarded two grants to study the detection of influenza in swine oral fluid. She graduated in May 2010 with a M.S. degree and is currently a Ph.D. student at Iowa State in the VMPM Department, working with Dr. Jeff Zimmerman as her major professor.