2011 -2012 CTE Graduate Lilly Fellows

Breanne Robertson, Art History and Archaeology

Katie Hrapczynski,Family Science

Karl Schmitt, Mathematics

Abdel-Hameed Badawy, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Mara Dougherty, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Andrea A. Andrew, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Artesha C.Taylor, Communication

Matthew Walker Miller, Kinesiology

Elise A. Larsen, Biology

     Breanne Robertson ,
Art History and Archaeology

Breanne Robertson recently completed her PhD in American art history at the University of Maryland. Her research interests focus on cross-cultural exchange between the United States and Mexico in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American art. Her dissertation is entitled “Forging a New World Nationalism: Ancient Mexico in United States Art and Visual Culture, 1933-1945” and elucidates U.S. artists’ appropriation of pre-Columbian themes in relation to the Latin American foreign policy initiatives of the Franklin D. Roosevelt administration. Breanne has received grants and fellowships in support of her research from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Dumbarton Oaks, Children’s Literature Association, University of Maryland Latin American Studies Center, Cosmos Club Foundation, and State Historical Society of Iowa. She has delivered papers at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Brigham Young University Museum of Art, International Association of Inter-American Studies Bi-Annual Conference, National Popular Culture and American Culture Associations Annual Conference, and Southwest Art History Conference. This past fall, she was awarded the Mary Kelley Prize at the New England American Studies Association Conference for her talk, "Guardians of San Diego History: Challenging Pan-Americanism in Donal Hord’s Civic Center Sculpture." In addition, Breanne has published book reviews and essays related to her current research in scholarly journals, including The Annals of Iowa and Hemisphere: Visual Cultures of the Americas. Breanne earned her B.A. in Art History from the University of Missouri and her M.A. in Art History from the University of Texas. Her Master’s thesis explored the relationship between Mormon artist George Martin Ottinger’s “Aztec” paintings and the beliefs and missionary efforts of Mormon Utah.

Katie Hrapczynski ,
Family Science

Originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, I settled in Maryland following the completion of my undergraduate education. I graduated from Duke University in 2004 with a B.S. in Psychology, a Certificate in Human Development, and a minor in Sociology. Prior to entering graduate school, I conducted research as a Post Baccalaureate Intramural Research Trainee at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and worked as a Residential Leader at the Good Shepherd Center in Baltimore. In pursuit of my clinical interests, I earned a M.S. in Couple and Family Therapy at the University of Maryland College Park in 2008 and currently have a private practice in Silver Spring. As a fourth year Family Science doctoral candidate, I am writing my dissertation which aims to explore the role of discrepancy in adolescent parent perceptions of the family on transracially adopted adolescent developmental outcomes. My passion for promoting the welfare of children developed over a series of positions at a runaway shelter, residential center, detention center, and a variety of mental health agencies and clinics, in addition to the Atlantic Coast Child Welfare Implementation Center located in the School of Social Work. As a graduate student, I have been afforded the opportunity to assist in teaching several family science undergraduate courses, in addition to teaching the introductory course (FMSC105) and the research methods course (FMSC302). Outside the University, I enjoy working out and spending time with my family and friends.



Karl Schmitt ,

Originally hailing from South Central Pennsylvania, Karl Schmitt has received an undergraduate degree at Wittenberg University in Springfield Ohio and is now entering his 5th year as a graduate student pursuing a Ph.D. in Scientific Computing at University of Maryland. Karl's research interests span a variety of topics but have most recently been focused on improving genome assembly using heuristic network search techniques. Previous topics of interest have been chaotic and nonlinear dynamics on networks, and genetic algorithms. Outside of pure academics Karl’s been involved in Lutheran, Methodist, and Graduate campus ministry activities, served on the AMSSC Student Council for 2 years, and organizes the Math department’s intramural soccer teams. Beyond school related activities, he’s a member of his church council, white-water kayaks, and plays in recreational soccer leagues in DC.

Abdel-Hameed Badawy
Electrical and Computer Engineering

Mr. Badawy obtained a B.Sc. in Electronics Engineering with a specialization in Computing Systems and Automatic Control systems from Mansoura University, Egypt in 1996. He was ranked the first on his graduating class in his specialization and was also ranked the second across the board. He obtained a graduate certificate in software development from the Egyptian Cabinet sponsored, Information Technology Institute, Giza, Egypt in 1997. He worked as a Teaching Assistant at the Systems and Controls department at Mansoura University from September 1996 till August 1999. He defended his M.Sc. thesis in Computer Engineering at the University of Maryland in May 2002 and defended his PhD proposal and advanced to candidacy in August 2006. Mr. Badawy’s research interests span Computer Architecture, Machine Intelligence applications in Medicine including but not limited to Medical Imaging, and Engineering and Computer Science Education. Mr. Badawy has been selected to be a Teaching Assistant Training and Development (TATD) Fellow at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department for the academic years 2010-2011 and 2011-2012. Mr. Badawy is currently a Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) Graduate Lilly Fellow for the 2011-2012.



Mara Dougherty ,
Chemistry and Biochemistry

I graduated from Saint Anselm College (Manchester, NH) in 2005 with a B.A. in Chemistry. I began graduate school at the University of Maryland in August 2005 with the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. My thesis project uses Compound Specific Radiocarbon Analysis (CSRA) to determine the carbon source of SRB in Arctic sediments as a collaborative effort with the Naval Research Laboratory.

I participated in both the 2007 and 2008 Campus Wide Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) Orientation. Both years presented to the Experienced GTA session humorous skits exaggerating situations new teaching assistants may face. I also served as a member of a panel who answered the questions of novice TAs. At the 2007 orientation, I facilitated a workshop directly focused on Teaching in Science. All of this work culminated in the completion of the University of Teaching and Learning Program in May 2009.

Andrea A. Andrew ,
Chemistry and Biochemistry

I am a fourth year graduate student in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Maryland. I began my career in 1996 as a high school teacher in St. Lucia, teaching Mathematics and Science for 7 years, and in 2001, received a Certificate in General Teacher Education (Grade K-12). In 2003 I moved to the United States to pursue my bachelor’s degree and in 2007 received my B. S. in Chemistry from the City University of New York, Brooklyn College. Upon graduation, I returned to St. Lucia for one year where I taught Grade 11 &12 Mathematics and Integrated Science. In 2008, I returned to the United States to pursue my PhD at the University of Maryland. My research involves the study of the chromophoric dissolved organic matter (CDOM) in both fresh and marine waters, and the application of optical, mass spectral and chemical measurements in order to unequivocally identify the structural basis for the unique optical properties of these organic compounds with the ultimate goal of determining the origin of marine CDOM.


My goal is to complete my PhD in chemistry by May 2013, and upon completion, obtain a position as a Chemistry lecturer at a University or College. After several years, return to my country St Lucia to obtain a position as a lecturer at the Teachers College, with the ultimate goal of becoming a Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education directly involved in curricula decision-making, student assessment, institutional needs and teacher training and qualifications.


Artesha C.Taylor

Growing up inner cities throughout the US I learned the value of an education as I saw it as a way to increase opportunities and improve ones life The sense of empowerment that comes with learning and achieving in school made a career in education appealing to me early on in life It is for this reason that I have wanted to become a teacher since I was a child As my intellectual interests grew in my high school and college I saw university teaching as way to combine my fondness for learning and desire to help others achieve I gained valuable teaching training and tutoring experience as an undergraduate student in various positions such as working as a debate coach tutoring of various subjects and consulting for a major technology company in San Diego After finishing my undergraduate studies I completed a masters degree while teaching communication courses at San Diego State Since then I worked in various capacities both volunteer and paid to increase educational opportunities to students from disadvantaged populations However my biggest passion is still in the classroom because it allows me to not only discuss my subjects of interest but to have a direct impact on students learning Currently I am pursuing a career as college professor

I am pursing a PhD in Communication with an emphasis in Political Rhetoric in order to teach at the college level I hope to continue to build on my teaching experience and further develop my research program to allow me to obtain a tenure track position at a major university

Matthew Walker Miller ,

I am a Ph. D. candidate in the Neuroscience and Cognitive Science Program. I teach and research in the Department of Kinesiology. I have taught sport and exercise psychology, exercise physiology, motor control, physical activity, and introductory kinesiology classes. My dissertation research concerns the impact of team environment on cognitive workload, attention, and psychomotor performance.


Elise A. Larsen ,

Elise is delighted to have been selected as a Graduate Lilly Fellow for 2011-2012. Elise has taught in both Biology and Mathematics, and is a participant in CTE’s University Teaching and Learning Program. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Biology Department, conducting her dissertation research in bird community ecology at Mount St. Helens, WA. Elise earned her B.S. in Zoology from Michigan State University in 2001, and in 2007 completed her M.S. in Biology from the College of William & Mary. Elise’s university website can be found here.


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