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CEHD Student Research Shines at Second Annual Symposium

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  • Over 60 students shared their research at the 2017 College of Education and Human Development Student Research Symposium held on April 25 in Dewberry Hall in the Johnson Center.   The symposium included seven Oral Presentations, four Roundtable Panels, and 29 Poster Presentations reflecting scholarship at all levels, from undergraduate through doctoral study, and disciplines within the School of Education and the School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism. 

    Now in its second year, the annual symposium saw a dramatic increase in submissions, presenters, and guests.   According to Brandon Quiles, Student Engagement Coordinator for the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD), the increased interest in the symposium reflects George Mason University’s strong commitment to valuing research.  “Students who engage in research are better equipped with critical skills that make them engaged citizens and well-rounded scholars and practitioners.”

    The entirety of the Student Research Symposium (SRS) was intended to introduce students to the process of conducting, submitting, and presenting their research at a professional conference.  The CEHD Office of Student and Academic Affairs put out the call for submissions in the fall and early spring.  Interested students submitted an abstract and chose a format for their presentations which were then reviewed by a faculty committee.  The presentation sessions were styled after what students might experience at a professional conference, albeit in a smaller and less intimidating setting.  Presenters even received written feedback forms from the audience to help hone their research and presentation skills.

    Faculty support for the 2017 SRS played a pivotal role in its success.  By mentoring students through the process, and with some faculty even integrating the submission process into their courses, students reaped the benefits of their professors’ experience as research professionals.  Faculty attendance at the event was high, and many encouraged their classes to attend as well.

    Congratulations to the following student researchers on their participation in this year’s event:

    Oral Presenters

    Sarah Prigmore – MEd, Curriculum and Instruction

    Tameka Parker – MSW, Social Work

    Samantha Hacherl – BS, Athletic Training

    Michelle Gnoleba – PhD, Education

    Patricia Kelshaw – PhD, Education

    Sara Birkhead – PhD, Education

    Ricardo Sanchez – PhD, Education

    Sarah Bogdewiecz – PhD, Education

    Megan Sims-Fujita – MEd, Special Education

    Round Table Presenters

    Beth Dalbec – PhD, Education

    Letty Guzman – PhD, Education

    Tami Carsillo – PhD, Education

    Heather Andrews – PhD, Education

    Ahmed Atef – PhD, Education

    Kudirat Giwa-Lawal – PhD, Education

    Melissa Hauber – PhD, Education

    Lily Lopez-McGee – PhD, Education

    Anthony Ray – PhD, Education

    Jessica Pope – PhD, Education

    Stuart McCrory – PhD, Education

    Mariel Crawford – PhD, Education

    Terrie Galantie – PhD, Education

    Monique Apollon Williams, PhD, Education

    Daria Gerasimova, PhD, Education

    Poster Presenters

    Karen Wrightsman – PhD, Education

    Amanda Estep – PhD, Education

    Gisselle Brown – PhD, Education

    Lauren Field – BS, Athletic Training

    Christie Byers – PhD, Education

    Jennifer Fields – PhD, Education

    Elisabeth Chan – PhD, Education

    Laura Tokarczyk – PhD, Education

    Diana Delfin – PhD, Education

    Thuy Thi-Minh Tu – PhD, Education

    Amanda Garrett – MS, Sport and Recreation Studies

    Sungshim Choi – PhD, Education

    Michele Colandene – PhD, Education

    Janelle Companion – BS, Athletic Training

    Doaa Dashash – PhD, Education

    Victoria Fauntroy – BS, Athletic Training

    Massa Gongbay – MEd, Counseling and Development

    Rachel Hammer – PhD, Education

    Melissa Hauber – PhD, Education

    Boshra Zawawi – PhD, Education

    Cassandra Hynus – MS, Exercise, Fitness, and Health Promotion

    Talisa Jackson – PhD, Education

    Christina Lee – PhD, Education

    Bryndan Lindsey – MS, Exercise, Fitness, and Health Promotion

    Greer Mancuso – PhD, Education

    Sean Martin – BS, Athletic Training

    Kathleen Matson – PhD, Education

    Daria Gerasimova – PhD, Education

    Hannah Park – MEd, Curriculum and Instruction

    Mirella Saldaña – MEd, Counseling and Development

    Matt Prebble – PhD, Education

    Burnette Scarboro – MEd, Education Leadership

    Jordan Goffena – PhD, Education

    Nicole Van Oort – BA, Mathematics, Kinesiology Minor