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Graduate Research Symposium 2018

The Graduate School annually hosts a Graduate Research Symposium. In a manner similar to a conference poster session, students present their research or scholarly projects in poster format (or other) and are present to answer attendees’ questions related to their work. There are three categories of presentations and winners of the competitions receive monetary prizes! This year's Graduate Research Symposium took place April 4th, 2018, featuring more than 30 poster and research paper competitors.

Poster Competition Winners:

$100 award winners:

  • Brittany Blue, Elementary Education, How Does Socioeconomic Status Affect Student Achievement?
  • Patrick Cole, Professional School Counseling, Addressing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Secondary Traumatic Stress in Military Populations.

Honorable Mention Award, $25 award winner:

  • Christopher Locklear and Francheska Smith, Professional School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Assessment Barriers to Hispanic Students.


Research Paper Competition Winner, $100 award:

  • Tara Chisholm, Physical Education: Exercise/Sports Administration, Injury Scores and Dominant Side Categories.


Posters competition winners will join other representatives from graduate schools across the state to present their work to the N.C. legislators at an annual Graduate Education Day in Raleigh, N.C.


Many thanks to our excellent panel of dedicated judges:  Drs. Tracy Cooper, Veronica Hardy, Roger Ladd, Gary Mauk, Nicole Stargell, and Velinda Woriax!