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CCI Doctoral Candidate Earns David B. Smith Fellowship

Posted Oct. 30, 2013

Photo from Graduate AwardsNorma Jones, doctoral candidate in the College of Communication and Information (CCI), was a recipient of the David B. Fellowship through the Division of Graduate Studies at Kent State University. According to Graduate Studies, Jones is the first recipient of the award from any of the CCI constituent schools in at least a decade. 

The university-wide Smith Fellowship is a monetary award given in honor of David B. Smith, a magna cum laude graduate of Kent State University. The annual fellowship recognizes a student who demonstrates outstanding accomplishment in scholarship, teaching and research. Students must show scholarship in exhibitions, performances, presentations and/or acquisitions of external funds, as well as evidence of outstanding teaching and an excellent academic record before the dissertation stage of the student’s degree.

“The students nominated and selected have strong academic credentials and performance, publications in professional journals of their field and leadership in their departments,” according to the Graduate Studies website. 
George Cheney, Ph.D., Jones’ advisor and Coordinator of Doctoral Education/Interdisciplinary Research for CCI, added, “Norma is a great role model for our new Ph.D. program:  a student who excels at scholarship, teaching and service to our intellectual community."

“This integrative CCI doctoral program is positioning me for success as an academic professional,” Jones said. “I feel fortunate to be part of the second class to enter the new, college-level Ph.D. program. As a result, I get to take advantage of engagement with several schools.”

In her previous career, and in the 16 years between her bachelor’s and master’s degrees, Jones managed and marketed international businesses in areas such as media production, telecom and fine jewelry. She is currently researching heroic narratives in popular culture.

Here at Kent, Jones is heavily involved in the CCI Ph.D. program and has served on the Doctoral Studies Committee since her first semester at the university. She is committed to serving by assisting to build camaraderie within and across cohorts, aiding with events and planning, as well as helping to strategize for future directions and activities for the program.

“I am deeply appreciative for the support of the Doctoral Studies Committee, CCI administration, and my advisor, Dr. George Cheney, in this nomination,” Jones said. “I am also grateful to have the opportunity to learn from and to be mentored by such distinguished scholars.”

Marie Gadziola, graduate student in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology at the Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) also received a David B. Smith Fellowship.

PHOTO: Omër Farooq, Associate Dean LuEtt Hanson, Norma Jones, Jenny Rosenberg and Will Kelvin attended the Kent State Doctoral Student Welcome and Awards Ceremony.