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APSU to be represented at annual Graduate Education Week event

An Austin Peay State University graduate student who won the Universitys first graduate research and creative activity gala in early March will showcase her work next week in celebration of the fourth annual Graduate Education Week in Tennessee, which begins Monday, April 5.

Elisa Takalo Lund, a masters degree candidate in the APSU College of Science and Mathematics, Department of Biology, won the Completed Data-based Research division during the Universitys inaugural Graduate Student Research and Creative Activity Extravaganza on March 2.
An Austin Peay State University graduate student who won the University's first graduate research and creative activity gala in early March will showcase her work next week in celebration of the fourth annual Graduate Education Week in Tennessee, which begins Monday, April 5.

Elisa Takalo Lund, a master's degree candidate in the APSU College of Science and Mathematics, Department of Biology, won the Completed Data-based Research division during the University's inaugural Graduate Student Research and Creative Activity Extravaganza on March 2.

As the winner of this division, she will present her research April 7 at the Legislative Plaza in Nashville as part of Graduate Education Week in Tennessee.

The title of her project is “H1N1: Perceptions and Reality at Austin Peay State University.” Lund was mentored by Dr. Chad Brooks, assistant professor of biology.

Gov. Phil Bredesen on Dec. 2, 2009, signed a proclamation designating April 5-9, 2010, as Graduate Education Week in Tennessee.

APSU has reason to celebrate Graduate Education Week. That's because enrollment in the College of Graduate Studies has grown since 2004.

In 2004, there were 542 graduate students enrolled; 597 in 2005; 740 in 2006; 753 in 2007; 828 in 2008; and 906 in 2009. The yearly increase is largely due to APSU launching new graduate degree programs.

Six new graduate programs — Master of Science in management, Master of Arts in military history, Master of Science in Nursing, Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Professional Studies and Master of Social Work — have helped APSU to set the trend in graduate enrollment.

The College of Graduate Studies at APSU offers nine graduate credentials: Education Specialist, Master of Arts, Master of Arts in Education, Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Music, Master of Professional Studies, Master of Science, Master of Science in Nursing and Master of Social Work.

For more information about graduate studies at APSU, call the APSU College of Graduate Studies, (931) 221-7414 or toll-free at 800-859-4723. Visit online at http://www.apsu.edu/cogs. -- Melony Shemberger