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July 25, 2017

3rd Annual Graduate Research Symposium

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Longwood’s 3rd annual graduate research symposium was held on campus in the Greenwood Library during the afternoon of Wednesday April 26, 2017. April 26th was marked in the academic calendar as campus wide research day and all classes were cancelled so both the undergraduate and graduate research symposiums could be held. Presentations of research were held from 1:00-5:45 pm followed by a reception and awards. Four graduates students representing both the counselor education and reading, literacy, and learning (RLL) programs presented 20-30 minute education sessions during the first presentation slot. After the four presentations were concluded, the students joined together for a Q and A panel from the audience. During the poster session, 16 presenters shared their research and represented the school librarianship, communications sciences and disorders (CSD), special education (SPED), and RLL programs. The final session mimicked the first presentation and Q and A session. In the later session, however, there were two separate sessions running concurrently, each with 3 presentations each. RLL and English Literature were represented by the student researchers in the later session.

During the reception, winners from each session were announced. Dona O’Dell and Elena Faulkner (RLL) won the first session with their presentation entitled Unlocking Reading Motivation: Fostering Reading Engagement through Self-Efficacy and Collaboration. The poster session had two winners, one award for a poster presented in person and another award for a distance-poster. The distance posters were a new feature to this year’s symposium. Students who could not be here were able to record a video explaining their research that could be accessed by a qr code or online at the Digital Commons. The first award winning poster was Knowledge of Vocal Hygiene and Vocal Abuse in Longwood Education Majors by Anna Powers, Lauren McGonagle, Stephanie Fields, and Hunter Reese (CSD). The second poster winning poster was Relationship Among Speaking Fundamental Frequency, Vocal Part, and Vocal Range by Allison Nutting, Corrie Honaker, Jessica Lanehart, Sally Wilson (CSD). One winner from each of the final sessions was also announced. Christina Kline won her session with her presentation on Professional Development: The Key to Better Instruction and Achievement of English Learners (RLL). The final award was won by Susan Hinshaw and Heather Street with a presentation entitled “Gotta catch ’em all”: Selecting Instructional Approaches and Programs to Meet the Specific Reading Needs of Struggling Middle Schoolers (RLL). All of the winners and supervising faculty are shown in the picture above.

The symposium was organized by The College of Graduate & Professional Studies and the graduate council research symposium committee: Dr. Karla Collins, Dr. Jeannine Perry, Tammy Hines, Dr. Wendy Snow, Dr. Aftab Khan, Dr. Kellyn Hall, Brooke Greenbank, and Brittany Bishop. The 4th annual research symposium will be held in the spring 2018 semester.

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