Alumna Dr. Samantha Mrstik Wins DISES Distinguished Student Research Award

(Left to right) Dr. Samantha Mrstik ’17, ’06, ‘99 with Dr. Lisa Dieker


Triple Knight and Exceptional Education alumna Dr. Samantha Mrstik ’17, ’06, ‘99 is the recipient of the Division of International Special Education & Services (DISES) Distinguished Student Research Award.

The DISES Distinguished Student Research Award recognizes a student who has demonstrated excellence of academic achievement and strong potential for contributing to an international field of education or related disciplines in support of services to children and youth with special learning needs.

Award recipients are also acknowledged for the creation of a research project or study conducted to bridge the communities between research and practice within the global context.

Dr. Mrstik’s dissertation examined the inclusive practices of junior secondary students with learning disabilities in Gaborone, Botswana. She is currently the Assistant Professor of Curriculum and Instruction at Georgia Gwinnett College in Lawrenceville, Georgia.

Dr. Mrstik will be representing our college as the DISES Distinguished Student Research Award recipient during the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Special Education Convention & Expo in Tampa in February.


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