2020-2021 Doctoral Excellence Fellows
The College of Education’s Office of Research is proud to announce the recipients of the UTEP Doctoral Excellence Fellowship. The Doctoral Excellence Fellows will be working as graduate assistants and will be assisting faculty with developing their research agenda and supporting research-practice partnerships with area school districts and community agencies.
Isaac Frausto Hernandez
Isaac Frausto Hernandez is originally from Guanajuato, the heart of Mexico. At a young age, his family decided to migrate to Oregon, in the US. He was constantly migrating between both Guanajuato and Oregon, but then settled back in his hometown in Guanajuato in 2007. He went on to obtain a BA in English Language Teaching (ELT) at the Universidad de Guanajuato in 2015. Near the end of his undergraduate studies, he had the opportunity to contribute to academic dialogue by contributing to his first academic publication of a chapter in an edited book.
In 2016, he entered an MA in Applied Linguistics in ELT at the same university. Throughout his time at the MA program, he continued to contribute to academic dialogue with the publication of several journal articles, with a total of seven academic publications as of now. He is an advocate of the transnationalism phenomenon, migration and cultural studies, bilingual education, and identity-related topics. His research focus inclines towards qualitative research under narrative, ethnographic, and phenomenological methods. He is part of the 13th cohort of the TLC doctoral program at UTEP.
Mariarlett Villalobos grew up and continues to live in the El Paso/Cd. Juárez border region. In 2006, she graduated from UTEP with a Bachelor’s degree in English and American Literature with a minor in Secondary Education. Later in 2015, she obtained a Master’s degree in Rhetoric and Writing Studies, also from UTEP. She currently teaches developmental reading and writing courses at El Paso Community College and is also a doctoral student in the TLC literacy/ biliteracy program as a member of cohort 13. Her research interests include: post-secondary literacy education, critical reading / critical literacy, developmental education, theoretical connections between reading and writing, second-language writing, and multimodal/multilingual literacies.
Kevin Fierro was born in California, but now lives in the wonderful peaceful city of El Paso, TX. In 2017 he received his bachelor’s degree in Mathematics Education from UTEP and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction in 2019 also from UTEP. This semester he embarks on his studies as a member of cohort 13 in the PhD program in Teaching, Learning, and Culture. He has worked on research that has been presented at various conferences. His ambitions grow more each day when it comes to education, as he aims to one day have a positive impact on the education system nationwide.