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2014 Outstanding Graduate Assistants Recognized

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Kazuma Akehi, Mallory Casebolt and Nicole Colston honored for excellence in teaching and service                                                                                        

The Oklahoma State University College of Education has recognized one Outstanding Graduate Assistant from each of its three schools for 2014. Recipients were chosen based on excellence in teaching and service.

The School of Applied Health and Educational Psychology honored Kazuma Akehi as its Outstanding Graduate Assistant.  Originally from Japan, Akehi recently completed a Ph.D. in Health and Human Performance. Akehi served as a graduate teaching assistant in the College of Education. He is a Certified Athletic Trainer, serving with the USA Volleyball Association/USA Wounded Soldier Sports Training Camp (2010-present), as the athletic trainer for USA National Sitting Volleyball (2008-present) and with the High School Outreach Program (2010-2012). Akehi has co-authored a number of peer-reviewed publications, given peer-reviewed presentations and published abstracts.

The School of Educational Studies selected Mallory Casebolt as its Outstanding Graduate Assistant. Casebolt is currently pursuing an education doctorate in aviation and space. Casebolt, from Cleveland, Oklahoma, is a graduate research assistant in the aviation and space program, where she teaches undergraduate coursework. In 2013, she earned a Master of Science in Aviation in Space at OSU. She has received multiple scholarships, including the Mary Francis Blair Endowed Scholarship, the Hunter Stone Endowed Scholarship and the Bliss Family Aviation Management Scholarship.

The School of Teaching Curriculum Leadership honored Nicole Colston as Outstanding Graduate Assistant for 2014. A native of Wilmington, N.C., Colston recently completed a Ph.D. in Environmental Education. Since 2010, Colston has served as a research assistant in the College of Education, writing grants, hosting conferences and workshops and assisting with research projects in the Center for Research on STEM Teaching and Learning (CRSTL) and the School Science and Mathematics Association (SSMA). Colston’s dissertation is, Climate Change Education Actor-Networks in Secondary Science Education. She has co-authored five journal articles and made many conference presentations while pursuing her Ph.D.