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October 3, 2014

Photo of Emmelien Merchie and her colleagues
Emmelien Merchie, second from left, at the reception after her dissertation defense.

Congratulations to Emmelien Merchie, who successfully defended her dissertation at Ghent University in Belgium.

"I realized again how important the work was to me and I really had an opinion about it and could defend it as an educational researcher," Merchie wrote in a recent e-mail about her defense. "I hope I can continue working in this research area."

Merchie had traveled to Austin for a 5-week visit this summer at the invitation of MCPER Executive Director Sharon Vaughn, who served as an international member of Merchie's dissertation committee. During her visit, Merchie presented findings from a 4-year intervention study on using mind maps to foster graphical summarization and text-learning strategies for middle grade students. For more information on her visit, read the MCPER news feature.