Graduate research showcase set for Thursday

The scholarly research of Western Carolina University’s graduate students will be on display during the 21st annual Graduate Research Symposium on Thursday, March 21, at A.K. Hinds University Center.

About 120 students representing a variety of academic programs will present their research during sessions that will be held from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. and from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. Among the topics to be addressed are “Nurse Retention Initiatives in Hospices: Implications for Human Resources,” “The Effects of Text Messaging on Memory Recall in College Students,” “Personality and Rejection Sensitivity as Predictors of College Students’ Depression” and “Fires in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.”

Participating students and their faculty sponsors will be honored at a reception beginning at 5 p.m. in the University Center Grandroom. At that time, a Best Overall Research Presentation Award will be given to a symposium presenter, along with outstanding student research awards in five subject areas. The research awards are based on papers from a complementary activity to the symposium that encourages students to submit research papers for blind review and ranking by WCU faculty members.

New for this year will be an announcement of $6,000 Graduate Fellowship awards for a student from each academic college. Also during the reception, winners of the Graduate Teaching Assistant Award and the North Carolina Research Recognition Award will be announced, plus a WCU faculty member will be honored for outstanding service.

The symposium and competition are sponsored and hosted by Graduate School and Research at WCU. To obtain a detailed schedule of presentations, contact the Graduate School at 828-227-7398.