Three students will receive the Graduate School’s third annual master's prizes, with Léo Kadota to be recognized for academic accomplishment; Dr. Lwabanya Marx for professional excellence; and Katie Vogel for engaged citizenship and community service.
Kadota, a student in Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, and Biochemistry, will be recognized for his gene amplification research on young Sciara larvae, leadership in weekly lab group meetings, and contributions as a teaching assistant.
Vogel, Public Humanities, will be honored for helping to forge a partnership between Providence Public Library's Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative and the Lippitt House Museum. As part of this project, Vogel developed an ESL tour and classroom curriculum for Lippitt House. A grant from the Heritage Harbor Foundation now funds staffing and research for the project.
Dr. Marx, an executive master student in Healthcare Leadership, will be recognized for his impact on clinical care and the professional development of maternity and neonatal healthcare practitioners at a clinic in Burundi, which has a high neonatal mortality rate. A practicing physician at the Van Norman Clinic in Bujumbura, Dr. Marx developed online training for neonatal care nurses, created a nursery in the clinic, and is working to establish a peer-mentoring program for at-risk mothers.
Shayna Kessel, Associate Dean of Master’s Education, will present the awards at the Graduate School’s Master’s Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 28, at 10:30 am on Pembroke Field.