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Graduate Students

Collaborative Research and Creative Fusion

Lashae Williams, a Drexel PhD candidate in clinical psychology, was awarded an Internship Scholarship from the Society for Black Neuropsychology.

Lashae Williams, PhD candidate in clinical psychology, presented research on set-shifting in adults with acquired brain injury at the International Neuropsychological Society Annual Meeting in 2023. In addition, Williams received an inaugural internship award from the Society for Black Neuropsychology that will fund a one-year, full-time clinical experience.

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John Paul Marrazzo is a Drexel PhD candidate in Chemistry

In 2023, chemistry PhD candidate John-Paul R. Marrazzo captured first-place for “Dearomatization of Benzonitriles with Lithiated Nucleophiles” at the annual American Association for the Advancement of Science conference. Marrazzo competed in the Student E-Poster competition physical sciences/graduate student category.

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Drexel Graduate College 2023 student awardees in the College of Arts and Sciences

In May 2023, six students from the College of Arts and Sciences were honored with awards recognizing their contributions and high-achievement in mentorship, scholarship, civic engagement, service, research and teaching assistance at Drexel University’s annual Graduate Excellence Awards.

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LeeAnn Haaf, a PhD student in Drexel University’s Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science Department

LeeAnn Haaf, Estuary Science Manager at the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, examines the effects of climate change and sea-level rise in low-lying tree growth. LeeAnn earned her Bachelor’s, Masters, and PhD in environmental science from Drexel University.

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Ive Anwuli Ralph Uyalor is a Drexel University PhD candidate in Biology

Ive-Anwuli Ralph-Uyalor, a PhD student in biology, presented “Control of fibroblast motility by the AIM2 inflammasome,” at the college's 2023 Research Day event. Ralph-Uyalor explores potential therapeutic approaches to promote wound healing. She is also a graduate teaching fellow in the Department of Biology.

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Steve Sclafani, a recent graduate of the PhD in Physics program at Drexel, conducted research at the IceCube Neutrino Observatory in Antarctica

Steve Sclafani, who earned his PhD in physics at Drexel, helped to produce a new view of the Milky Way Galaxy published in the journal Science in June 2023. As a member of the IceCube Neutrino Observatory team, Sclafani developed a machine learning algorithm to sift through millions of “cascade events” detected by the sensors buried deep under the ice in Antarctica.

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The College of Arts and Sciences at Drexel University is rapidly emerging as a nexus for liberal arts and scientific research, creative scholarship and civic engagement in Philadelphia, the nation and beyond. Graduate research and innovative scholarship are integral to building our academic programs’ intellectual life, growth and reach. At the heart of our mission is a deep sense of community. Now, as never before, the liberal arts and sciences are being heard and respected as a conduit for comprehensive solutions that promote connection, equity and inclusion. For over 30 years, our community has steadily built a program of high-impact, well-funded research and interdisciplinary scholarship in the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences.

The College of Arts and Sciences is at the core of Drexel’s growing reputation as an academically rigorous and interdisciplinary research institution. Our dynamic community of liberal arts students, educators, scholars, scientists and neighbors offers an ideal foundation for advanced learning, experiential learning and civic engagement that distinguishes us from other liberal arts programs.

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Graduate Student Organizations

Our graduate scholars have built a proud legacy of active participation in and leadership of nationally and internationally recognized student organizations, including honor societies and academic associations. Participation in these well-established groups helps students to develop and practice their professional voices, build a network of peers and act as mentors to the next generation of scholars.

Recent Theses and Dissertations

As an advanced scholar in the College of Arts and Sciences, you will receive dedicated mentorship from excellent faculty educators, experts and leaders who help guide the development of your original research program and creative scholarship that, depending on your unique focus, will contribute to your authorship of a published thesis or dissertation. All advanced students adhere to a well-established framework for developing theses and dissertations outlined in the Drexel University Thesis Manual (PDF) maintained by the Drexel Graduate College and guidelines set by individual academic departments.

Master of Science Theses

The curated selection of theses below demonstrates the original scholarship and advanced knowledge of our Master of Science students. We invite you to review recent publications authored by our Master of Science degree recipients.

Doctoral Dissertations

Dissertations are published works demonstrating the highly original research and in-depth scholarship conducted by doctoral students working at the frontiers of their chosen field. We proudly invite you to review a selection of dissertations authored by our accomplished doctoral degree recipients.