The research process is an integral part of graduate students’ lives, and they spend many hours learning about and completing research. The Ohio University Libraries and the Graduate Student Senate started the Graduate Research Series @ Alden Library to give graduate students the opportunity to share their research process and the discoveries made along the way to completing a project. In addition, students also get a valuable chance to present in front of an audience and discuss the challenges and opportunities that come along with conducting the research.
All Ohio University graduate students are invited to apply to be the next speaker at the Graduate Student Research Series. After a committee reviews the proposed presentations, the selected student or group of students will present for 30-35 minutes on their research process. Speakers will also receive a $200 honorarium for their presentations.
Last Fall, Kristen Okamoto and Sarah Parsloe, both PhD candidates in the School of Communication Studies, shared their experience conducting ethnographic field research.
Previous speakers include:
- Kelly Kathleen Ferguson, PhD candidate in creative nonfiction, who spoke about tracing Laura Ingalls Wilder’s journey across the American plain for her book My Life as Laura in the inaugural presentation.
- Ben Wallace, Master’s candidate in history described his research about the American Committee on East-West Accord
- Katelyn Schlosser presented SNAPSHOT! Photographic Research Through a Child Life Lens merging her undergraduate degree in photography with her new Graduate Program, Child Life Studies.
- Bianca Sams, who discussed her use of archives research in her play about Civil Rights heroine Claudette Colvin
- Reetobrata Basu, who presented his research on an enzyme associated with neurological disorders
More information about the Graduate Student Research Series can be found in this post on the Library News Blog. The application can be found online and must be submitted to the Graduate Student Senate Office in 302 Baker Center by 5 p.m. on Thursday, February 6.
The Ohio University Libraries, Graduate Student Senate and Faculty Senate are looking forward to many applications and to this year’s new series of presentations.
Photo: Kristen Okamoto, a first year Ph.D. candidate in communication studies, speaks during the Graduate Research Series @ Alden. The presentation titled “Tales from the Field: Community-Based Research Within an Ethnographic Context,” was held in the Friends of the Libraries room on the third floor of the Vernon R. Alden Library on the afternoon of Tuesday, November 19, 2013. Photo by Tyler Stabile/Ohio University Libraries.