By Tierney Gallagher
The one-day symposium consisted of poster presentations featuring studies being conducted in a variety of disciplines. The event brought together all of the colleges, departments and programs across campus in an effort to highlight the innovative and outstanding work of Clemson's graduate students.
Over 100 students from more than 50 programs presented at the GRADS event. Students from several HEHD graduate programs participated, including representatives from education administration and supervision, education curriculum and instruction, educational leadership, healthcare genetics, middle grades education, nursing, and parks, recreation and tourism management.
The Graduate Student Government recognized three HEHD students for their outstanding work and presented them with awards for the College. Hattie Hammonds, a student in education administration and supervision, won first place for her poster “Fostering Leadership Capacity in Three South Carolina High Schools: An Exploratory Study.” Kenyae Reese, a student in educational leadership (P-12), won second for her poster “Looking, Seeing, Knowing: Documenting the Doctoral Experience through Photomethods.” Nursing student Scott Moore won third place for his poster “Exploring mHealth as a New Route to Bridging the Nursing Theory-Practice Gap.”
Reese says the event was a great opportunity and feels that Clemson has established a culture of scholarly pursuits and an expectation of excellence for its graduate students. “I'm truly blessed that my research is being recognized, particularly at a time when universities are becoming aware of the significance of addressing graduate student affairs,” Reese said. “I think we'll see more full-time positions at universities dedicated to these issues in the near future, and I'm glad that my department, Leadership, Counseling, and Human Organizations, is supporting my efforts to lead this type of innovative work.”
The GRADS event served not only as a forum for students to present research, but also provided them with educational and networking opportunities. They had the chance to discuss their work in a one-on-one environment and learn about what their peers in other fields are researching, creating and producing. The diversity of programs represented at the symposium helped participants extend beyond their area of study and connect with faculty and students in other departments on campus.
Dr. Kathy Headley, associate dean of Research and Graduate Studies, feels that the event was beneficial for students because it allowed them to take their share of the spotlight. “Sharing research among and with our graduate students is an exciting event that received genuinely earned attention,” Headley said. “This momentum should continue! The efforts of our graduate students impact our college and our entire campus.”
The GRADS event was co-sponsored by the Graduate Student Government, the Graduate School, the Office of Research, Public Service Activities, the Creative Inquiry program, and all five colleges at Clemson.