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.