PhD student wins national recognition

August 22, 2013

MollyFrendoMolly Frendo, a graduate student in Educational Psychology and Educational Technology (EPET) at Michigan State University, has been selected to receive the National University Technology Network (NUTN) 2013 Student Recognition Award.

Frendo will receive the award at Network 2013 in Albuquerque, N.M. on Sept. 17, 2013.

Nominated by EPET faculty members Punya Mishra and Leigh Graves Wolf, Frendo was selected based on a variety of criteria, including opportunities seized, academic achievement and professional or personal advancement. The selection committee is recognizing Frendo specifically for achievements demonstrated through her online education experience.

Frendo is an inaugural member of the EPET Hybrid PhD program. She was also cited for developing virtual communities for 4-H volunteers, using distance learning to offer professional development to colleagues and community partners.

In addition, Frendo has served as an online adjunct instructor at Muskegon Community College, and recently defended a research practicum on examining distance learning as a mechanism for meeting real-life needs within the nonprofit sector.

The NUTN organization provides networking and professional development for innovative leaders working for the advancement of distance learning. Network conferences typically represent over 100 higher education institutions across the country that focus on distance education, blended learning and the technologies that support teaching and learning.