PhD Graduate Students


Past Students

Ajda Kahveci, Ph.D. in Science Education, Impact of a Women’s Program for Science, Mathematics and Engineering on Undergraduate Women: Activity Systems on the Periphery (2005). Dr. Gilmer served as her co-major professor along with Sherry Southerland. Ajda evaluated the Women in Math, Science, and Engineering (WIMSE) program at Florida State University, specifically focusing on the change of identities within the students.

Currently, Ajda Kahveci is Associate Professor of Chemistry Education in the Department of Secondary Science and Mathematics Education at Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Çanakkale, Turkey. She is teaching methods courses in chemistry education and chemistry content courses, as needed. Ajda utilizes Course Management System (CMS) to support her teaching through sustained interactions with students out of class. She has been involved in two Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) grants with pre-service and in-service chemistry teachers, respectively, working to improve faculty-school partnerships at secondary level and enhance the teaching of high school chemistry via means of history of science as pedagogical tool.

Among her research interests are gender equity in science education, educational technology, pre-service chemistry teacher education and misconceptions in chemistry. She has published research in her areas of interest in leading science and chemistry education journals. In 2009 she published a book entitled Retaining undergraduate women in science, mathematics, and engineering: Impact of a women’s program on progressions from marginal to legitimate peripheral participation from VDM Verlag Dr. Muller. Ajda has also recently authored a book chapter on women’s education and career choices in Turkey in comparison with their Western counterparts, available from Nova Publishers.


Download a copy of Ajda Kahveci's dissertation here.

Visit Ajda's website here.

Marcia L. Bosseler, Ph.D. in Science Education, How Can Students Use the Potential of Technology and the Internet in an Elementary Science Club as the Conduit for Conducting Scientific Inquiry? (2005). Marcie studied an after school elementary program that promotes science through the use of technology.

Download a copy of Marcia Bosseler's dissertation here.

Lori Hahn, Ph.D. in Science Education, Interpretive Case Studies on the Influence of a Pre-Service Contextual Science Research Course on Novice Science and Mathematics Teachers (2004). Lori is a middle school teacher for gifted students in Escambia County, Florida.


Download a copy of Lori Hahn's dissertation here.

Julie Lambert, Ph.D. in Science Education, A Quantitative and Qualitative Inquiry into the Effects of Secondary Marine Science Courses on Students' Level of Science Literacy (2001). Julie is now an Associate Professor of Science Education at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL.


Download a copy of Julie Lambert's Dissertation here.

Terrie Kielborn, Ph.D. in Science Education, Sixth Grade Students' Perceptions of Science and Scientists Following a Field-Based Science Investigation (2001).

Terrie is in her second year as the Principal for the REACH (Regional Early Admission for College Hopefuls) Early College Program for Carroll County Schools and the University of West Georgia (UWEG). The program includes middle school students from all over Carroll County who have characteristics of being at-risk with hopes of offering a small-class size and support system. Terrie and her staff actually spend one day a
week on campus with professors from various departments at UWG teaching them. It is very challenging yet rewarding at the same time. Terrie
also still teaches for UWG part-time.


Download a copy of Terrie Kielborn's dissertation here.

Yvette Greenspan, Ph.D. in Science Education, Gender Differences in an Elementary School Learning Environment: A Study on How Girls Learn Science in Collaborative Learning Groups (2000). Yvette is an Adjunct Professor at Miami Dade College in Miami, Florida teaching courses in Science Education, supervising interns in the Miami-Dade County Public Schools, and a Portfolio Reviewer for Pre-service teachers. She recently provided technical assistance for the Florida Department of Education, School Wide Assistance Teams (SWAT), to administrators and teachers in leadership development, coaching, modeling, and strategic interventions in Science for low performing schools. Currently, she is co-developing curriculum in a joint effort between Everglades National Park and Miami-Dade College, Parks as Resources for Knowledge (PARK), to institutionalize best practices among Pre-service teachers, bridge the gap between formal and informal learning communities, strengthen partnerships between schools of education and national parks, and improve teachers’ access to and use of national parks’ educational resources. Yvette is now Treasurer of the Dade County Science Teachers’ Association and creator and co-sponsor with that organization to provide opportunities for teachers to attend a prestigious science conference annually through the Dr. Yvette F. Greenspan Matching Grant in Science Education.


Download a copy of Yvette Greenspan's dissertation here.

Or you can find a copy of Yvette Greenspan's A Community of Learners: Linking Scientific Patterns of Life here.

Also you can read Yvette's chapter, "Scientific Inquiry: A Journey for a Teacher and Students" (Chapter Seven, pp. 79-94) in the Meaningful Science: Teachers Doing Inquiry + Teaching Science by downloading the monograph here.

Jianqiang Xia, Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry, Quantitative Determination of Cell-Surface Sialic Acids and Their Effects on MHC Class I Antigen-Antibody Binding (1997).

Jianqiang is currently living in Tallahassee, FL.




Download a copy of Jianqiang Xia's dissertation here.

Abdullah Abbas, Ph.D. in Science Education, The Teacher’s Role in College Level Classes for Non-Science Majors: A Constructivist Approach for Teaching Prospective Science Teachers (1997).


Download a copy of Abdullah Abbas' dissertation here.

Aldrin Edward Sweeney, Ph.D. in Science Education, Minority Students in the Science Classroom: Language, Class, Race, Culture and Pedagogy (1997). Aldrin is an academic consultant at an independent consultancy in the United Kingdom.




Download a copy of Aldrin Sweeney's dissertation here.

Nancy Devino, Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Lysosomal Processing of Sialoglycoconjugates in a Wheat Germ Agglutinin Resistant Variant of EL4 Murine Leukemia Cells (1989).

Nancy is currently the director for the Science Center for Women at Agnes Scott College. Her position is charged with a wide range of roles and responsibilities at the college and for local community.

Download a copy of Nancy Devino's dissertation here.

Visit the Science Center for Women's website here.

C. Deane Little, Ph.D. in Molecular Biophysics, Bacteria that Degrade Hazardous Waste: The Isolation of Trichloroethylene-Degrading Methanotrophic Bacteria and Development of Monoclonal Antibodies Specific to Them (1988).

Download a copy of C. Deane Little's dissertation here.

Currently, Deane is working on his clean technology project, New Sky Energy, which focuses on manufacturing low or negative carbon materials. New Sky Energy was a finalist in the national Clean Tech Open competition last fall, and the top team among 65 clean tech companies that entered from the Rocky Mountain region. They signed a sponsored research contract with the Colorado School of Mines to develop scalable prototypes of our electrochemical cells for conversion of salts to acid and base for CO2 trapping.

Deane's Links:
Sponsored research contract with Colorado School of Mines
Deane Little's public presentation at the Clean Tech Open Awards in SF
NBC 9 News interview (Denver)
Boulder Daily Camera column
Triple Pundit article about Clean Tech Open
Sustainable Life Media blog by Will Sarni

Steve Figard, Ph.D. in Biochemistry, The Role of Sialic Acid in the Recognition of H-2Kb Antigens by Cytotoxic T Cells (1984).




Download a copy of Steve Figard's dissertation here.

For a full listing of Dr. Gilmer's former M.S. and Ph.D. students, see the Graduate Students section of Dr. Gilmer's Curriculum Vitae.

Or, see Dr. Gilmer's M.S. Student Profiles here.