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Students in Arts and Sciences recognized for their academic and extracurricular achievements

Monday, April 7, 2008 – Charleen Wilcox

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This spring, Arts and Sciences students continue to excel in their fields and earn recognition for their efforts. Students in communication, political science, history and geosciences have recently garnered awards for a wide range of work.

Members of Georgia State Debate, housed in communication, earned numerous honors at the recent Cross-Examination Debate Association’s (CEDA) National Championship Tournament. Both of the two Georgia State teams competing in the tournament qualified for the elimination rounds, a first in the history of Georgia State Debate.

The team of Chris Pozzi and Kevin Bottoms tied for 33rd place at the tournament and the team of Joel Lemuel and Kirk Gibson tied for ninth. Lemuel and Gibson’s placement represents the best finish of any team from Georgia State at the CEDA Nationals.

Individually, Lemuel was named 11th speaker out of more than 370 debaters at the tournament. He was also named to the national All-American debate team and Gibson was named a first-team Scholastic All-American Debater. Lemuel and Gibson’s placement at the CEDA Nationals qualified them for entry in the National Debate Tournament last month at the California State University campus in Fullerton where they qualified for the tournament's elimination rounds.

Georgia State Debate placed third in CEDA’s annual debate sweepstakes for the Southeast region of the U.S. This is the first year Georgia State has won a sweepstakes award.

The Georgia State Mock Trial team was also successful at last month’s American Mock Trial Association regional tournament in Birmingham, Ala. The team placed fourth overall and qualified for the first round of the national tournament held earlier this month in Memphis, Tenn. Their third round finish concluded the best season of any Georgia State Mock Trial team. Housed in political science, this year’s team is composed of nine students coached by Rudjard Hayes. The team will hold tryouts for next year’s lineup on April 12-13. Interested students may contact Hayes for additional information.

History major Carley Henderson was named the inaugural recipient of the annual Georgia State University Library Undergraduate Research Award. This award recognizes the original research of a junior or senior student.

Henderson’s entry, “The Face of the Mummy,” is an essay on the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century fad of mummy unwrappings in England and the U.S. that she submitted for the history major’s capstone course.

Henderson was presented with a $600 check at the Undergraduate Research Conference Awards Ceremony Mar. 14. Henderson graduated in December and plans to apply to several graduate programs including Georgia State’s. She will deliver a shorter version of her essay at the Phi Alpha Theta history honor society conference on April 19.

Farshad Baloochistani, a doctoral candidate in geosciences, was named first runner up at last month’s Kindsvater Symposium on drought science and policy at Georgia Tech. His poster entry, “Areal hydraulic parameters for selected basins in the Blue Ridge and Piedmont,” was co-authored with his advisor Dr. Seth Rose. Baloochistani’s entry summarized his dissertation research on computing regional transmissivity and storage values for watershed and aquifers in the Piedmont and Blue Ridge provinces.

Baloochistani was the only student from a school other than Georgia Tech or the University of Georgia to submit an entry to the symposium. He received a cash prize of $300.