June 12, 2007
For immediate release
Three students in UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School awarded Philip and Helen Green Research Fellowships
The Gevirtz School’s Center for Education Research on Literacy & Inquiry in Networking Communities (LINC) is proud to name three Philip and Helen Green Research Fellows – Roseanne Macias, Vivian Rhone, and Clara Vaz. The Green Research Fellowship Fund is awarded in memory of Phillip and Helen Green to support graduate student research on classrooms that provide for democratic practices and equity of access for immigrant and second language students of working class background, identifying practices that work and supporting students in gaining access to American society.
“The three women who received the Green Family Research Fellowship are each outstanding scholars, who have demonstrated excellence in research focusing on the learning lives of linguistically and culturally diverse students,” says Dr. Judith Green. “They bring personal experience, professional commitment, and a depth of knowledge to the work they will undertake as Fellows of the Center for Literacy & Inquiry in Networking Communities, research that will support students who did not pass the California High School Exit Examination in achieving their high school diplomas. These three early career scholars will help create new possibilities for students who are seeking new support for their future academic and work lives.”
Roseanne Macias of Ventura received her undergraduate degree from the University of San Francisco, and worked as a coordinator of after-school programs in the Bay Area before her acceptance as a graduate student at the Gevirtz School. Now in her third year, Macias is currently researching community-based after-school leadership programs for middle school youth. She is not only a Graduate Student Researcher, but the Program Coordinator of the Youth Enrichment Adventure (YEA). Roseanne expects to receive her Ph.D. within two to three years, with an emphasis in Cultural Perspectives and Comparative Education.
Vivian Lee Rhone II completed her undergraduate coursework at UC Berkeley, majoring in Interdisciplinary Field Studies; she built a multi-disciplinary perspective of “Education.” Rhone has worked in Alameda, Oakland, and New Haven Unified Schools. She is excited about studying in UC Santa Barbara’s Cultural Perspectives and Comparative Education as well as its Research Methodology emphases. She plans to gain experience in “high-need” classrooms and school districts, pick up a masters in a another discipline such as Mathematics or English, and plans to do at least one major study about Heritage Language Maintenance Across-Generations Among Mexican Immigrants, about the Discourse of New Teacher Recruitment and Preparation in “Inner-City” Schools, and about expectations Math and English teachers have for underrepresented minorities about high school and college graduation. Rhone is also interested in doing an ethnographic study of students of a “high-need” district in Algebra or Geometry classes as well as a study how technology can promote learning by creating an interactive learning community in “high-need” contexts.
Clara Vaz was born in Boston, but grew up in Brazil, where she received a BA in English and Portuguese Languages & Literature from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). She also has a MA in Linguistics and Portuguese Language from the same Institution, in which she was awarded a scholarship due to a second place rank in the entrance examination. Vaz has been teaching English as a Second and Foreign Language for seven years. During her MA, she became involved with the study of texts, specifically from the media, and carried out research on Discourse Analysis, Genres and Multimodal Literacies. Due to her abiding passion for education and teaching, she applied to the Gevirtz School and will join its Ph.D. Program with emphasis in Cultural Perspectives and Comparative Education in the fall of 2007.
[Roseanne Macias, Vivian Rhone, and Clara Vaz are available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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