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