Category Archives: Academic achievements

Auburn student’s passion for American history, teaching, earns her a James Madison Fellowship

Erica VatellaAUBURN UNIVERSITY – During the July 4 weekend, when most people will be celebrating the holiday without a lot of thought about the history it represents, Erica Marie Vatella will be immersed in the study of American history as she pursues her master’s degree at Auburn University in secondary social science education.

Vatella was recently awarded a James Madison Memorial Foundation Fellowship, which assists teachers earning a master’s degree with a focus on Constitutional studies. Named for James Madison, the nation’s fourth president and the acknowledged “Father of the Constitution and Bill of Rights,” the fellowship is funding up to $24,000 of Vatella’s graduate studies.

The award goes to just one outstanding student in each state and supports the graduate study of American history by aspiring and experienced secondary school teachers of American history, American government and social studies.

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Department of Mechanical Engineering recognized for excellence in education

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn University’s Department of Mechanical Engineering has been selected as the inaugural recipient of the University Senate Departmental Award for Excellence in Education. The award, totaling $30,000 over three years, was administered on behalf of the Office of the Provost through the university’s Biggio Center and the University Senate Teaching Effectiveness Committee.

“This award for excellence in education provides a structure to foster and sustain a university-wide culture of teaching excellence,” said Donald Mulvaney, chair of the Teaching Effectiveness Committee. “Not only does it recognize departments that are engaged in sustained efforts to promote teaching excellence, it is envisioned that the award will have a long-lasting impact as it nourishes collegiality, collaboration and the development of an academic community that values and prioritizes exemplary teaching and learning.”

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Auburn University’s fashion program earns top rankings

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn University is ranked among the best fashion design, merchandising and management schools in the region and country in 2014, according to a website devoted to researching fashion schools for students seeking information about programs and careers.

Nationally, www.fashion-schools.org lists Auburn as the fifth best school for fashion management, sixth for fashion merchandising and 12th for fashion design. In the South –  which the website defines as Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, West Virginia, Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas – Auburn is the number one school for fashion merchandising and the number two school for fashion design.

No university in the Southeastern Conference is ranked higher than Auburn nationally or regionally. The University of Georgia is the only conference rival that comes close, finishing second in the list of Top 15 fashion merchandising schools in the South.

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Father and son tackle academics on the Plains as fellow students

Auburn football player and senior marketing student C.J. Uzomah, left, congratulates his dad, Xavier, who earned his Executive MBA in May.AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Running into your brother or sister on campus is not unusual for siblings enrolled on the Plains. Bumping into your father as a fellow student is quite rare, though, and might be considered awkward – but not for Xavier and C.J. Uzomah, a father and son duo pursuing their goals through Auburn University and its Raymond J. Harbert College of Business.

C.J. has been working toward an NFL career since he was 6. And why not? A prize recruit at North Gwinnett High School in Georgia, he became the starting tight end on Auburn’s 2013 SEC championship team and scored three touchdowns on 11 receptions last season – including the dramatic game-winner in the closing seconds against Mississippi State.

“But at the same time, I know that if that doesn’t work out then there are other options for me,” said C.J., a senior marketing major. He’s a passionate soccer fan who also ponders a future as a communications/marketing representative for an international “futbol” outfitter.

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Three Auburn Honors College students awarded Fulbright Scholarships to study in Germany, UK

Jamesa Stokes, Carson Williford and Lauren Waldroop

Stokes, Williford and Waldroop

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Three Auburn University Honors College students have been awarded Fulbright Scholarships to continue their studies in the United Kingdom and Germany this summer and fall.

Jamesa Stokes, a senior physics major, will conduct research at the German Space Agency’s Institute of Structures in Design in Stuttgart, Germany; Carson Williford, a sophomore with a double major in English and philosophy, will study at the United Kingdom’s Nottingham Trent University Summer Institute; and Lauren Waldroop, a senior double-majoring in environmental design and German, will study at Rhine-Westphalian Technical University in Aachen, Germany.

Auburn has had 10 Fulbright recipients in the past five years, and this year marks the first time with three winners in one year.

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Auburn junior receives prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

Graham Gordon, an Auburn University Honors College student double-majoring in mathematics and physics, has been chosen as a 2014 Barry M. Goldwater Scholar, an honor bestowed only to approximately 300 students nationwide each year.AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Graham Gordon, an Auburn University Honors College student double-majoring in mathematics and physics, has been chosen as a 2014 Barry M. Goldwater Scholar, an honor bestowed only to approximately 300 students nationwide each year.

The scholarship is widely considered the most prestigious award in the United States for undergraduates in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, disciplines.

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