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Students, Faculty and Staff Participate in Inaugural Graduate School Research Symposium

05.31.2013
Pictured from left to right are Melissa Tatum, Carl Cruthis, William Andrew Corbin and Abu Zaeem.

Pictured from left to right are Melissa Tatum, Carl Cruthis, William Andrew Corbin and Abu Zaeem.

HIGH POINT, N.C., May 31, 2013 – Several graduate and undergraduate students, as well as faculty and staff from High Point University, recently had the opportunity to attend the Inaugural Graduate School Research Symposium in the Wilson Ballroom on campus. The event was held as part of the Norcross Graduate School Graduate Student Appreciation Week.

A total of 16 posters were presented at the event that included research from doctorate and master’s students studying educational leadership, as well as students in master’s programs for elementary education, nonprofit management and strategic communication.

“The research poster symposium provided graduate students a remarkable opportunity to share their innovative research and studies which they conducted throughout the year,” says Tracy Collum, associate dean of the Norcross Graduate School. “It also gave students great experience in presenting their research prior to attending national conferences. Students received constructive criticism and feedback, which will ultimately help them as they prepare to present their research in the future.”

Awards were given to the event’s top presenters. Winners included:

• Top research poster – “To Catch a Bully: Perception is Everything,” by Carl Cruthis, William Corbin, Melissa Tatum and Abu Zaeem, all students who are enrolled in the master’s program for educational leadership.

• Top oral presentation – “Kiva Microfunds: An Analysis of Online Fundraising,” by Jessie Meriwether, who is studying in the master’s program for nonprofit management.

• Top visual presentation – “This is not a Test: Do Fear-Based Weather Warnings Really Work?” by Matt Ritter, who is studying in the master’s program for strategic communication.

• Honorable mentions – “The Page-Turner Playoffs,” by Alexis George, who is enrolled in the bachelor’s to master’s program in elementary education; and “The Effect of Using Social Media in a Financial Literacy Campaign to Improve College Student’s Knowledge and Attitudes About Investing,” by Kaitland Willingham, who is studying in the master’s program for strategic communication.

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