A Look Back at the 2011-2012 School Year

Posted on Monday, May 21st, 2012 by admin under Community Engagement, Research, Student success, Student support. Tags: , , , , ,

post by Lauren Wallis, Graduate Assistant (MLIS)

The 2011-2012 academic year has been an eventful one for The Graduate School–we’ve sent students to talk to North Carolina legislators, hosted a variety of workshops, and culminated with a Research and Creativity Expo where graduate students shared exciting work with the UNCG community. On May 4th, graduate degrees conferred included 552 master’s degrees (including the first degree awarded by the new Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering), 33 education specialist degrees and 49 doctoral degrees.  Congratulations to our graduates!

Over the summer, Katie Duckworth and Susan Lane traveled to Raleigh to discuss their research with North Carolina legislators as part of Graduate Education Day.  The event focused on how graduate research contributes positively to the state’s economy.  “We were able to talk to the legislators about the importance of graduate research and the need for continued funding,” Katie explained.

Katie is a recent graduate of the Counseling PhD program and Susan is currently finishing her doctoral work in nursing.  Both were selected because of the quality of their work at UNCG and the impact of their research in the community.  “The legislators were interested in the impact that graduate assistantships and other funding have on graduate students, as well as the outcomes of our education,” Susan said.

Throughout the year, The Graduate School has been working to enhance the quality of graduate education at UNCG by hosting workshops to help students with professional development, research, and writing.  Students attended workshops on strategies for writing a thesis or dissertation, using research tools like Endnote, and communicating beyond individual disciplines about the significance of a research project.  Students also had the opportunity to join writing groups for weekly support while they worked on a thesis or dissertation.

The semester ended with the Research and Creativity Expo, where over eighty students presented their work to the UNCG community with an emphasis on communicating across the disciplines.  Two of the winners from the competition will be chosen to attend Graduate Education Day this summer to share their research with state legislators like Katie and Susan did last year.

This post will be my last for the Grad School Blog.  I am graduating from the Library and Information Studies program today and looking forward to starting a job as a librarian at the University of Montevallo this summer.  My work with the blog this semester has allowed me to talk to students across campus who are doing innovative, meaningful research.  I have enjoyed starting the blog, and I look forward to reading it next year to keep up with what’s happening at UNCG.

Happy Graduation!

-Lauren Wallis