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Graduate Students Honored for Outstanding Scholarship

winner.jpgBOONE–Nine graduate students at Appalachian State University have received awards from the Cratis D. Williams Graduate School for their outstanding performance and scholarship.

Amy Hudnall of Boone was the first-place winner in the thesis competition. Her thesis, An Historical Analysis of the Psychological Trauma Suffered by German Prisoners of War Held in the United States During World War II, was called “brilliant” and “a valuable bridge between traditional historical research and public history . . . an original contribution to a field of study (POWs) which has enjoyed a good deal of attention in the past decade.”

Her thesis mentor was Dr. Peter Petschauer. Hudnall is pursuing a master of arts degree in history. She received a $500 cash award.

Two runners-up were named in the thesis competition.

Karen Geissinger’s thesis, Vegetation Responses to Grazing in a High Elevation Southern Appalachian Wet Meadow, is “the first study . . . on grazing pacts in Southern Appalachian high elevation wetlands.”

Her mentor was Dr. Howard Neufeld. Geissinger is from Port Saint Lucie, Fla. She received a $200 award.

Megan Pinkston’s thesis, Psychological, Nutritional, and Expenditure-of-Energy Differences in College Females with Anorexia Nervosa and Comparable Mass Controls, was an interdisciplinary effort, described as “unique” because Pinkston’s study focused on women in a natural environment instead of in a hospital setting. Pinkston’s thesis mentor was Dr. Denise Martz. She is from Peachtree City, Ga. Pinkton also received a $200 award.

Beth Hudson of Salisbury received the $500 Zigli Family Research Award for her thesis research which involves a chromosome study of the infertile interspecific lily hybrid popularly known as “Black Beauty.”

Hudson is a biology major.

Claire Bird of Spartanburg, S.C., also a biology major, won the $500 Athena Award which will help fund her attendance at the annual meeting of the Mycological Society of America in Salt Lake City. She will present her research on hypogenous fungi and endangered mammals to others attending the conference.

Katie Rae Morgan received the Richter Moore Fellowship in Political Science. The $500 award is presented to a graduate student who shows considerable promise for making significant contributions to the field.

Three graduate students received Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Awards: Jill Masten-Byers, mentored by Dr. Laurie Williamson in the Department of Human Development and Psychological Counseling; Alma Scoby, mentored by Dr. Paul Fox in the Department of Psychology; and Matthew Williams, mentored by Dr. Mark Vogel in the Department of English.

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Picture Caption: Boone resident Amy Hudnall is the 2001 winner of the Cratis D. Williams Thesis Award presented by Appalachian State University’s Graduate School. Hudnall will receive a master’s degree in history May 13. Her thesis advisor was Dr. Peter Petschauer. Hudnall’s research analyzed psychological trauma suffered by German World War II prisoners held in the United States. (Appalachian photo by University Photographer Mike Rominger)