In 2013, the School established the Michael E. Martinez Prize for Outstanding Research and Service. This annual award commemorates the scholarly and professional achievements of the late Michael E. Martinez, Professor of Education at the University of California, Irvine, from 1992 through 2012. As a scholar, Professor Martinez is remembered for his significant contributions to our understandings of cognitive processes and the malleability of intelligence, and how these understandings could be applied to student learning. He is also remembered for the kindness and collegiality that he embodied. In his honor, this award is given to a doctoral student who demonstrates superior scholarship, intellectual curiosity, and high levels of professionalism, service and collaboration with fellow students and/or faculty.
This year an Honorable Mention Award for the Michael E. Martinez Prize is given to Melissa Callaghan.
Since coming to UCI, Melissa has worked on numerous projects with faculty members in Education, Informatics, and Computer Science. Melissa has been active in the School, University, and professional community. For our School, she has served on the Admissions Committee, PhD Steering Committee, Associated Doctoral Students in Education (ASDE) as a Diverse Educational Community and Doctoral Experience (DECADE) representative and panel member for several academic research and writing workshops. Further, she volunteers her time with Orange County Head Start and on Sundays serves meals at Isaiah House shelter for the homeless. Like Mike Martinez, she relishes the opportunity to learn and work with others. This is evidenced in her post-graduation plans. After she graduates this June (defending in May), she is taking that passion to Harvard, where she will be a post-doctoral scholar for an interdisciplinary program between MIT, Harvard, and FSU, focused on using educational technology to promote early literacy skills.
Melissa Callaghan and Mrs. Stephanie Martinez