Graduate students hone communications skills at research symposium​

Brittni D. Jones (left), a PhD student in Washington University’s Department of Education in Arts & Sciences, explains her research to Ganesh M. Babulal, a PhD student in the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences’ RAPS program, during the 18th Annual Graduate Student Research Symposium, held Feb. 16. Jones, a Chancellor’s Graduate Fellow, presented her research on “Geographic Disparities in Science Achievement and Opportunities for Employment in STEM.” Babulal served as a judge at the symposium, which gives graduate and professional students an opportunity to present their research to a broad academic audience of nonspecialists, while helping them hone communication skills necessary for grant and funding proposals and job interviews. More than 50 students presented their research. Monetary prizes were awarded to the top three presenters in each of five categories — humanities, sciences, social sciences, engineering and professional programs. Jones won third place in the social sciences division. The symposium, which was held in the Laboratory Sciences Building, was sponsored by the Graduate Student Senate, the Association of Graduate Engineering Students and the Graduate Professional Council. For a list of the winning research projects, go here.
(Credit: Kevin Lowder)