Paul Whitfield Horn Fellowships Awarded to Women Graduate Students

Five graduate students earn Horn Fellowships.

The Texas Tech University Women’s Club announced the recipients of the Paul Whitfield Horn Fellowships for Women Graduate Students for academic year 2007-2008.

All five recipients are candidates for doctoral degrees.

The Horn Fellowship Endowment was established in 1940 as a tribute to Paul Whitfield Horn, the first president of Texas Technological College, by members of the Quarterly Club. University Women’s Club became co-sponsors of the endowment in 1964 and assumed sole responsibility for it in 2004. The fellowships were established in the belief that the woman who reaches her academic goal will be more likely to fulfill the promise of her ability.

This year’s recipients are:

• April Adkins is completing her doctorate in psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences, with a dissertation titled Help-Seeking Patterns of African-Americans: Variables that Affect Professional Help-seeking. Originally from Kansas City, Kan., Adkins was the Psychology Department’s Graduate Teaching Assistant of the Year for 2006.

• Pelin Bicen is a doctoral student in marketing at the Rawls College of Business. Bicen came to Texas Tech after completing a master’s degree in her native Turkey and working for a number of years. Her research focuses on strategies to enhance the understanding of business-to-business relationship issues in the marketing field.

• Ju-Yu Ho is completing her doctoral degree in hospitality administration in the College of Human Sciences. A native of Taiwan, her dissertation research focuses on western hotel expatriates’ life experience in transitioning to Chinese culture and developed out of her personal work experience in the hotel industry. Currently, Ho is on leave from her position as a faculty member at Delin Institute of Technology in Taiwan.

• Lisa Patrick expects to complete her doctorate in biology in the College of Arts and Sciences next spring. Her current research focuses on determining the effect of changing amounts of rainfall on the physiology of desert plants, a topic she believes to be of utmost importance in light of recent global climate change predictions. She began her career as a research scientist in with a study of the water quality of streams in her neighborhood when she was in sixth grade.

• Vicki Swier is completing a doctorate in zoology in the College of Arts & Sciences. Her dissertation focuses on studying chromosomal evolution in rodents and she hopes to apply her work in the field of conservation and population genetics. She brings to her work a background in natural history, ecology and conservation biology.

CONTACT: Esther S. Lichti, fellowship selection committee chair, (806) 742-4335