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Grad student’s paper honored

Fashion alum named finalist in textile association’s international competition

Contact: ​Jeff Johnston


A paper Central Michigan University alum Sabrina Saba Marsha wrote while a graduate student in fashion merchandising and design received honors in an international competition.

The American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists selected Marsha's paper as a finalist for the Herman and Myrtle Goldstein Graduate Student Paper Competition.

The competition judges written and oral skills involved in conducting and communicating research.

"It is such a great honor for me to be a part of this prestigious competition. I feel blessed that my paper got accepted," Marsha said. "I really want to thank my advisor, Dr. Usha Chowdhary, for believing in me and supporting me."

"I worked with Sabrina closely as her major thesis advisor," said Chowdhary, human environmental studies faculty member. "Her research topic sprang from my research project, for which she was a graduate research assistant. However, Sabrina's work is self-standing project."

Marsha, from Dhaka, Bangladesh, received her master's degree in apparel product development and merchandising technology from CMU in spring 2018. The title of her thesis research is Comparison of Selected Structural and Performance Attributes of Cotton and Cotton/Polyester Blend T-Shirts.

She compared fiber contents of a T-shirt brand for air permeability, bursting strength, dimensional stability and horizontal wicking. The study has significance for consumers, who value care, comfort and durability.

The International Journal of Polymer and Textile Engineering published Marsha's paper.


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