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Institute for Studies in Pragmaticism Bestows 2 Awards

Levi Johnson photo by Toni Salama



Patrick Tinsley photo by Toni Salama


Johnson, Tinsley Receive Fellowships

Levi Johnson, a doctoral student in Texas Tech University's mathematics program, and Patrick Tinsley, a doctoral student in Texas Tech University's School of Architecture, are recipients of the 2013 Hardwick Graduate Fellowship, granted through the university's Institute for Studies in Pragmaticism.

Johnson, a native of Forsan, Texas, is pursuing his Ph.D. studies in mathematics education. Johnson said the award will support his graduate research in social network analysis.

Tinsley, a native of Canyon, Texas, is pursuing his Ph.D. in land use planning, management and design, with a concentration in historic preservation. Tinsley said the award will fund basic educational expenses toward his doctorate.

Both recipients participate in the Institute's weekly Interdisciplinary Seminar. In the seminar, researchers from diverse disciplines cooperate to solve difficult issues common to many disciplines. The Interdisciplinary Seminar includes two Horn Professors (Texas Tech's highest faculty honor), one associate dean, a distinguished emeritus math professor, a research professor who joins the seminar electronically from Germany, Johnson, Tinsley and one other graduate student.

Horn Professor Kenneth L. Ketner, Director of the Institute for Studies in Pragmaticism, said, "I am pleased that the Hardwick family and friends continue to support students like Levi and Patrick, who are pursuing their studies in the academic tradition of pragmaticism as practiced by logician Charles Sanders Peirce a century ago."

About the Institute for Studies in Pragmaticism and the Hardwick Graduate Fellowship

The Institute for Studies in Pragmaticism is a department in the College of Arts & Sciences and was founded during the 1971-72 academic year at Texas Tech University by Charles S. Hardwick and Ketner. It is the first and oldest organized center for research on the life and works of Charles Sanders Peirce (1839-1914), an American interdisciplinary scientist who made significant contributions in physics, mathematics, logic and engineering.

The Hardwick Graduate Fellowship, funded by the Hardwick Memorial Endowment for Peirce Studies, was established by the Charles S. Hardwick family of League City, Texas, in honor of the late Charles and Sue Hardwick, both graduates of Texas Tech University.