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Welcome! I am Dr. Seyma Dagistan

The Pennsylvania State University

Ph.D. / Educational Theory and Policy / 2017 – 2022

  • Advisor: Dr. Maryellen Schaub
  • Dissertation: The Social Construction of Youth Civic Engagement – The Relationship of Youth Civic Participation to Democratic Schooling Processes and Democracy
  • Research Interests: Youth voice, Educational Policy, Educational policy evaluation, International and comparative education, Democracy in education, Educational equity

The University of Maine

Ph.D. Student / Educational Leadership / Aug 2016 – Aug 2017

  • Advisor: Dr. Catharine Biddle
  • Transferred to The Pennsylvania State University at the end of the academic year

SUNY New Paltz, New York & Middle East Technical University, Ankara

Dual Degree Program / Bachelor of Arts / 2011 – 2015

Language, Literature, Culture & TESOL

  • Honors: summa cum laude (GPA: 3.73/4.0)
  • Student Teaching: W.W. Smith Elementary, Poughkeepsie High School in New York, US & Tevfik Fikret High School in Ankara, Turkey.

University of East London

Master of Science / Psychology / 2009 – 2010

  • Honors: summa cum laude (GPA: 3.7/4.0)

Bilkent University

Bachelor of Arts / Political Science / 2005 – 2009

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Conference Funding / 2017-2018

The Pennsylvania State University

  • Received travel grants from the University Park Allocation Committee (UPAC), the Department of Educational Policy Studies, and the Graduate School to present at UCEA 2017, 2018 and CIES Northeastern Regional Conference, 2018.

University Graduate Fellow / 2017-2018

The Pennsylvania State University

  • Awarded Penn State’s most prestigious fellowship.

Lancaster Travel Grant / Sep 2016

University of Maine

  • Received a travel grant to present at NEERO, 2017.

Academic Achievement Scholarship / 2014-2015

SUNY New Paltz, New York

  • Received the highest academic achievement scholarship that covered half of the tuition.

High Honors Student / 2011-2014

Middle East Technical University

  • Received a high honors degree each semester.

Distinction Award for Thesis / 2009-2010

Merit Scholarship / 2009-2010

University of East London

  • Received a distinction award for dissertation on evolutionary psychology.
  • Received merit aid scholarship that covered half of the tuition.

"You only are free when you realize you belong no place — you belong every place — no place at all. The price is high, the reward is great."

Maya Angelou

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