Congratulations 2010-2011 Dissertation House Ph.D. Graduates

The Dissertation House is comprised of a series of workshops, meetings, and seminars that are held on college campuses and at conferences to facilitate successful completion of the doctoral degree. The workshops emphasize writing the dissertation, preparing for the defense, and communicating with faculty. The Dissertation House is a program of the National Science Foundation’s PROMISE: Maryland’s Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) and is supported by the Graduate Schools at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), the University of Maryland College Park, and the University of Maryland Baltimore.  Growth of the program is also attributed to the Council of Graduate School’s Ph.D. Completion Project.

The Dissertation House has grown into a program that many students have used to finish their proposals and dissertations.

We would like to congratulate our UMBC 2010- 2011 Dissertation House Ph.D. graduates:

  1. Dr. Belinda M. Brown Jackson, (UMBC) Biological Sciences
  2. Dr. Frances D. Carter, (UMBC) Public Policy
  3. Dr. Amy Carrillo, (UMBC) Human Services Psychology
  4. Dr. Laura Violeta Colombo, (UMBC) Language, Literacy, & Culture
  5. Dr. Sonnet S. Davis, (UMBC) Chemistry & Biochemistry
  6. Dr. Tashauna M. Felix, (UMBC) Biology
  7. Dr. Katherine D. Giuriceo, (UMBC) Gerontology
  8. Dr. Meredith A. Holmgren, (UMBC) Human Services Psychology
  9. Dr. Malini M. Jagdeo, (UMBC) Biological Sciences
  10. Dr. Ben Keshet, (UMBC) Chemical Engineering
  11. Dr. Kerry M. Lida, (UMBC) Public Policy
  12. Dr. Jianbo Liu, (UMBC) Mechanical Engineering
  13. Dr. Ozlen D. Luznar, (UMBC) Public Policy
  14. Dr. Tommy B. Piggee Sr., (UMBC) Gerontology
  15. Dr. Soumi Ray, (UMBC) Computer Science
  16. Dr. Adrienne M. Starks, (UMBC) Biological Sciences
  17. Dr. Wenlong Tang, (UMBC) Mechanical Engineering
  18. Dr. Erica K. Taylor, (UMBC) Public Policy
  19. Dr. Akelia D. Wauchope, (UMBC) Molecular & Cell Biology
  20. Dr. Suma Vavilala, (UMBC) Chemistry
  21. Dr. Smitha Vokkaliga, (UMBC) Chemistry and Biochemistry
  22. Dr. Dawn N. Ward, (UMBC) Chemistry

For more information about Dissertation House, visit


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