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Alumna Fowler Receives Awards for Thesis Research on Women and Intimate Partner Violence

Ashley Fowler, a 2011 graduate of the Student Affairs in Higher Education Department, is the recipient of two awards for her thesis research, “The Correlation Between Feminist Identity Development and Psychological Maltreatment in Intimate Relationships Among College Students.”

The first award, the Gerald Saddlemire Masters Research Award, was presented at the annual convention of the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) on March 25, 2012. This national award, established by ACPA’s Commission on Professional Preparation, is presented to a graduate of a student affairs graduate program whose original, journal-quality research gives insight into the learning or development of students or the organization and administration of student affairs practice. The amount of the award is $400. ACPA is one of the leading student affairs organizations in the country with over 8,000 members.

Fowler will also receive an Outstanding Graduate Student Research Award at the 18th annual awards luncheon on Monday, April 2, 2012, in the Sutton Hall Blue Room. The luncheon, sponsored by IUP’s School of Graduate Studies and Research, recognizes and celebrates outstanding achievement in sponsored programs and graduate student research. John Mueller, who served as Ashley’s thesis advisor, wrote in his letter of support, “The skills that Ashley brought to the project and the skills she developed as a result of it reflect the practitioner-scholar model that is highly valued in the student affairs profession.”

Fowler presented her research at the 2011 ACPA convention in Baltimore, Md., and is preparing a manuscript for journal submission. Fowler is an assistant director and career consultant for the College of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University.

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