FSU Graduate Students Present Research during Graduate Education Week

Governor Roy Cooper proclaimed May 16-22, 2021 Graduate Education Week in North Carolina. During Graduate Education Week, FSU’s graduate students participated in activities that were sponsored by the North Carolina Council of Graduate Schools (NCCGS).

FSU’s Broadwell College of Business and Economics, College of Education, College of Health, Science, and Technology, and College of Humanities and Social Sciences selected the following graduate students to represent their college at Graduate Education Week activities this month.

  • Ms. Autumn Davis, a native of Fayetteville, earned a BS in Banking and Finance at FSU before continuing her education in FSU’s MBA program. While at FSU, Ms. Davis has served as a VITA site coordinator to facilitate tax preparation and as a SAP Academy TA to solve modern business problems.
  • Ms. Clarissa Gooding-Aytch joined FSU’s MSW program while working as a Staff Development Specialist with the NCDHHS Communicable Disease Branch. Ms. Gooding-Aytch’s research focuses on designing, implementing, and evaluating workplace health programs that address mental health and stress issues.
  • Mr. Maurice Mathis earned a MS in Organizational Communications at NC State University before joining FSU’s EdD program. Mr. Mathis’s research seeks to understand teachers’ perception of virtual teaching practices to guide teachers’ practices, training, and preparation.
  • Ms. Denise Rolle served as a graduate student representative on FSU’s Graduate Council while pursuing FSU’s online Master of Science in Nursing program, which focuses on patient safety and quality care.
  • Ms. C’monee’ Wilkins, a native of Elizabeth City, earned a Master’s in Public Administration at North Carolina Central University before joining the EdD program at FSU. Ms. Wilkins research explores teacher perception of burnout as well as the support needed to increase teacher retention within North Carolina school systems.

For Graduate Education Week, NCCGS hosted virtual sessions on Graduate Education Day. During the first session on Monday, May 17, graduate students, and professionals learned about the legislative process through presentations, including from Representative Ashton Wheeler Clemmons, Senator Kevin Corbin, and Mr. Mark Lanier, UNCW’s Assistant to the Chancellor. 

During the second Graduate Education Day session, FSU’s Ms. Wilkins presented her research, “An Investigation into Teacher Perception of Burnout During the COVID-19 Pandemic,”to legislators, graduate students, and professionals in a panel with graduate students from ECU, UNCCH, UNCC, UNCW, and Wake Forest University.Following the research presentations, which were attended by approximately 80 participants, FSU’s graduate students had the opportunity to participate in breakout sessions with graduate students from across the state of North Carolina.

On Tuesday, May 18, NCCGS hosted the inaugural Tar Heel Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition, which was supported by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund and attended by more than 130 participants. FSU’s Mr. Mathis was one of eleven graduate students selected from the UNC System to present his research, “The Virtual Shift: Examining Social Class Reproduction in Virtual Classrooms,” in three minutes with one static slide and to participate in a livestreamed roundtable discussion following the research presentations.

For Graduate Education Week, FSU’s graduate students also participated in related activities, such as preparing a brief biography and research summary to present to legislators, with other FSU representatives, including Mr. Wesley T. Fountain, the Director of Constituent and Community Relations and the Executive Director of the FSU Development Corporation, Mr. Wendell F. Phillips, Vice Chancellor for External Affairs and Military Relations, and Dr. Alison Van Nyhuis, the Director of the Graduate School and Program Review.

For additional information on graduate education at FSU, please see www.uncfsu.edu/grad.