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Statewide forum focuses on graduate student research

  • Forum participantsWilliam & Mary graduate students presented their research at the sixth annual Graduate Student Research Forum.

    Photo by SL Sanderson

    Forum participants

Six graduate students from the College of William & Mary presented cutting-edge research at the Graduate Student Research Forum on Feb. 3. General Assembly members, industry and government representatives, university administrators, and the general public had the opportunity to speak face-to-face with outstanding graduate researchers from throughout the Commonwealth.

The annual forum, hosted by the Virginia Council of Graduate Schools, highlights the benefits of graduate education to the economic, social, and civic development of the Commonwealth.

William & Mary graduate students presented research in a number of areas identified as priorities by the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, emphasizing the connection between university research and the Commonwealth’s economic success.

W&M graduate students’ posters showcased their original research on next generation magnetic storage media (Jonathan Skuza, Physics), implant surfaces for improved bone attachment (Laura Rickard, Applied Science), wireless sensor networks (Matt Keally, Computer Science), impacts of the menhaden fishery on Chesapeake Bay water quality (Patrick Lynch, Marine Science), archaeology of Jewish communities in the Caribbean (Derek Miller, Anthropology), and energy efficiency in building construction (Shannon Chance, Education).

At the forum, the Virginia Council of Graduate Schools unveiled a professional video highlighting graduate student research accomplishments across Virginia.  Megan Ivory’s top-notch physics research on ultra-cold atoms was featured in W&M’s segment of the video.

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“Our graduate students are conducting innovative research that addresses pressing issues, and are enthusiastic about sharing the excitement of discovery with undergraduate students, other graduate students, and the public,” noted Laurie Sanderson, W&M’s Dean of Graduate Studies and Research in Arts & Sciences.

More information about the research forum and the Virginia Council of Graduate Schools is available at www.vacgs.net.