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2 graduate students receive E. Paul Torrance research awards

Kristen B. Morales

March 23, 2015

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Two recent graduate students in the University of Georgia College of Education's educational psychology department, Selcuk Acar and Kristy Kowalske, have received E. Paul Torrance Graduate Student Research Awards for 2014. It's an honor to have two winners in one year from the same program and university.

Acar and Kowalske are 2013 graduates of the educational psychology program.

Photo of Selcuk Acar

Photo of Kristy Kowalske

Selected by the American Creativity Association, this award honors Torrance's lifetime commitment to supporting graduate students' studies. It recognizes a graduate student whose completed research study (at the doctoral or masters level) demonstrates a unique and significant contribution to the field. Applicants to the award also must show promise that they will be a leader in the field of creativity.

winners receive an honorary lifetime membership in the American Creativity Association, which includes registration at the organization's annual conferences.

Acar's dissertation was titled "Empirical Studies of Literal Divergent Thinking," and Kowalske's dissertation was titled "Educational Impact on Spiritual Growth: A Case Study."