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May 24, 2012

The fifth annual Graduate Student Research Symposium held in the campus center's large ballroom featured poster projects and presentations detailing the work of more than 80 students from all BSU's graduate programs.

"This is a time for our graduate students to showcase their research interests and the scholarly projects they've been working on during their time at BSU," said Dr. William Smith, dean of the College of Graduate Studies. "It's a wonderful opportunity for them to talk to their peers, with faculty members and with other scholars."

Dr. Emily Douglas, assistant professor in the Department of Social Work, expanded on Dr. Smith's sentiments, saying the symposium also provides students with an opportunity to demonstrate leadership skills, explain the importance of their work and "celebrate the hard work that they completed at BSU."

The wide range of research topics included bullying, softball pitching, media and GLBT issues, clean energy, literary analysis, and much more. (For information of the symposium and a list of the projects click here.)

Participating students, such as Maureen Velez, praised the value of the symposium. Ms. Velez of Plympton, who will earn her master's degree in social work, focused her research on possible nursing facility deficiencies in Arizona, Massachusetts and Washington.

"For me, it was an extremely useful project, because I had the chance to learn a great deal about how such nursing homes handle the problems associated with the care of the patients in their charge," said Ms. Velez.

Her social work faculty mentors were Assistant Professors Dr. Kathleen Bailey and Dr. Jing Tan.

Another student, Philip Justin of Brockton, studying to earn his master's in public administration, did his research project on "The Perceived and Actual Effects of the EAW Doctrine," which is the American law concerning employee/employer relationships. His faculty mentor was Dr. Kevin Donnelly, assistant professor of political science.

"I plan on working in a career in government service and so this experience was very helpful to me because it required extensive research into how laws are made and applied," said Mr. Justin. "It was an excellent learning experience." (David K. Wilson, '71, Office of University Advancement)

VIDEO:

Christine Michelson presents her research findings on how iPad technology improves the lives of autistic and nonverbal children.

Dr. Emily Douglas (left) and Dr. William Smith (right) with master of social work students (from left) Patricia Sering of Woburn, Julie Grant of Scituate, and Maureen Velez
Philip Justin