W&M grad students present innovative research at state forum

  • Forum participants(Left to right) William & Mary graduate students Nathaniel Phillips, Jason Zieger, Cara Campbell, Corey Miller, Samuel (Kersey) Sturdivant, and Jeffrey Jackson (not shown) participated in the fifth annual Graduate Student Research Forum.

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    Forum participants
Six graduate students from the College of William & Mary joined the prestigious Fifth Annual Graduate Student Research Forum in Richmond on March 4, hosted by the Virginia Council of Graduate Schools.

Members of the General Assembly, industry representatives, the general public, and students and administrators from across the Commonwealth attended this celebration of graduate student research and scholarship.

At the forum, W&M graduate students presented posters of their original research on topics including guided wave inspection for monitoring the integrity of such structures as ships and airplanes (Corey Miller, Applied Science); quantum optics for controlling matter with light (Nathaniel Phillips, Physics); digital databases to reevaluate White-Indian relations in the early U.S. (Jason Zieger, History); ulstrasonic radiation force for debubbling blood (Cara Campbell, Physics); impacts of the Chesapeake Bay "dead zone" (Samuel Sturdivant, Marine Science); and organizational citizenship behaviors, collective teacher efficacy, and student achievement in elementary schools (Jeffrey Jackson, Education).

"W&M graduate students are expanding the frontiers of knowledge and are passionate about sharing the excitement of discovery with undergraduate students, fellow graduate students, and the public," said Laurie Sanderson, W&M's Dean of Graduate Studies and Research.  

The written program for the forum highlighted 11 business sectors targeted by the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP).  Much of William & Mary's graduate research aligns with the VEDP priorities, demonstrating the critical link between university research, the economic development of the Commonwealth, and the well-being of its citizens.  

More information about the research forum and the Virginia Council of Graduate Schools can be found at www.vacgs.net.