Satyam and Osibodu to Receive Tracy Hammer Award

  • Apr 13, 2018

Visala “Rani” Satyam and Molade Osibodu, two mathematics education doctoral students, have been selected to receive the Tracy Hammer Graduate Student Award for Professional Development. The award is presented annually to an outstanding MSU graduate student, or two, in support of their professional development.

The award was renamed in 1996 to memorialize 1995 co-recipient Tracy Anne Hammer. A native of New York, Hammer was the first dual degree candidate to pursue a doctoral degree in animal genetics through the Department of Microbiology and Veterinary Medicine. Her research centered on canine dilated cardiomyopathy. Hammer died in a plane crash shortly before graduation and her degree was awarded posthumously.

The Tracy A. Hammer award recipients receive a one-time stipend of $750 funded by the NatSci AA Endowed Scholarship Fund.

The award will be presented at the annual NatSci Alumni Awards dinner on Friday, April 20 at the University Club.

Rani was nominated by her advisor, Jack Smith, and Molade by her advisor, Beth Herbel-Eisenmann.

Rani Satyam PhotoJack noted Rani’s extensive teaching, research, and publication record in his nomination letter, and commented on the magnitude of her dissertation data. “She has audio and video records from N = 11 participants each of whom has worked mathematics proofs in four successive one to 1.5 hour interview sessions. She has not been able to “contract out” the transcription of these interviews for financial reasons.”

Rani said, “I’m planning on using the award to go towards transcription fees for my dissertation, since I have many interviews with undergraduates to analyze. This makes my dissertation analysis much easier, so I’m super grateful for the award.”

Rani will graduate with her PhD in mathematics education this spring or summer, and has accepted a faculty position in the Department of Mathematics at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Molade Osibodu PhotoBeth commented, “Molade’s research interest centers on mathematics curriculum as a mechanism for social change. With mathematics students who come from a multinational and multiracial Africa, she plans to co-research how these students might come to develop critical consciousness about/through their mathematics education.”     

Molade added, “The award will be used towards dissertation research and likely to pay participants along with providing resources during my study. It might also be used for international research.”

Congratulations, Rani and Molade!