Graduate Research Symposium

Twenty-Seventh Annual Graduate Research Symposium
April 3-4, 2019
Ramsey Center | University Center

2018 Graduate Research Symposium Highlights

Graduate students converged on the Ramsey Center and University Center March 21-22, 2018 to showcase their research efforts at the Twenty-Sixth Annual Graduate Research Symposium, part of WCU’s campus-wide Research and Scholarship Celebration (RASC). Graduate students presented their research in a variety of formats, including research posters, oral presentations and academic papers.

The event, sponsored by the Graduate School, the Office of the Provost and the Graduate Student Association, highlights the outstanding quality and variety of graduate-level research at Western Carolina University. The Symposium also provides graduate students with the opportunity to practice their communication skills to constituents both inside and outside their disciplines.

Dr. David Shapiro presented an inspiring message during the keynote address titled, “Professional Development – A Process in Progress.”  

The event closed at the Blue Ridge Conference Center with a Reception and Awards Ceremony. Acting Provost, Dr. Carol Burton provided words of praise and encouragement to the student researchers and their faculty sponsors.

The Twenty-Seventh Annual Graduate Research Symposium is scheduled for April 3-4, 2019.

2018 Graduate Research Symposium Program

2018 Abstract Guide

Poster Presentations


 J. Clint Sawyer - MS Biology


Lamaye Sroute - MS Chemistry

First Place - $200 Cash Award Second Place - $125 Cash Award
American Toads Increase Movement in the Presence of the Red-Imported Fire Ants Mosquito Speciation using IR Spectroscopy


Academic Paper Competition

Literature Review Category Winner - $200 Cash Award
Jennifer Miller - The War at Home: The Psychosocial Impact that Deployment has on Military Children

Research Paper Category Winner - $200 Cash Award
Jarred Worley - The Fruit of Fulfillment: Imagination, Inner Being, and Journeys Between the Binary in Jeanette Winterson's Sexing the Cherry

Photo Gallery

technology students

MS Technology students - James Walker, Riley Seyffert, and Terail Clonts


Wendy Harmon - MS Biology


Hannah Hinkel – MS Psychology


HESA student, Justin Nakhle, with Dr. Marianne Hollis


GSA President, Kevin Trudell


Dr. Brian Kloeppel, Dean of Graduate School


MJ Michaels - MS Biology


Sharon Painter accepting the Graddy Award


Prior Programs and Awards

2017 Graduate Research Symposium Program 
2017 Award Recipients

2016 Graduate Research Symposium Program 
2016 Award Recipients

2015 Graduate Research Symposium Program
2015 Award Recipients

2014 Program
2014 Award Recipients

2013 Program

2012 Program
2012 Award Recipients

2011 Program
2011 Award Recipients

2010 Program
2010 Award Recipients

2009 Program
2009 Award Recipients

2008 Program
2008 Award Recipients

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