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Winners named at APSU's inaugural Graduate Extravaganza

An Austin Peay State University graduate student will represent the University next month in Nashville, after being chosen the winner during the first Graduate Student Research and Creative Activity Extravaganza on March 2.
An Austin Peay State University graduate student will represent the University next month in Nashville, after being chosen the winner during the first Graduate Student Research and Creative Activity Extravaganza on March 2.

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 and will showcase her work April 7 at the Legislative Plaza in Nashville as part of the fourth annual Graduate Education Week in Tennessee. The title of her project is “H1N1: Perceptions and Reality at Austin Peay State University.”

The Graduate Extravaganza is a new annual event that showcases the scholarly and creative pursuits of its graduate students. It is sponsored by the APSU Office of Academic Affairs, Office of Grants and Sponsored Research and College of Graduate Studies.

Graduate students receiving distinctions in the other divisions offered at the Graduate Extravaganza were the following:
Completed Data-based Research (not necessarily yet defended, a completed research project with an abstract, introduction, method, results, discussion and references): Honorable mentions — Laura Ashlie Farmer, “Evaluating Macroinvertebrate Community Diversity in Ponds Utilizing Two Sampling Techniques,” College of Science and Mathematics, Department of Biology, and Lois Jones, “A Baseline Summary of Framing Research in Public Relations from 1990 to 2009,” College of Arts and Letters, Department of Communication.

Creative Arts and Literature Expression (e.g., musical compositions, musical performances, literary works, audio and video presentations, Web site designs): First place — Booyoung Lee, violin; Caleb Wise, clarinet; and Simone Parker, piano for “Video Performance of Suite, op. 157b for Violin, Clarinet and Piano by Darius Milhaud.” Honorable mentions — Seth Guillen and Kate Rawls, “Guitar and Voice Duo of 19th Century Art Song of M. Giuliani and F. Schubert,” and Sarah Jenkins Queen for “Ornamentations in Handel Arias.” All entrants in this division are pursuing master's degrees in the College of Arts and Letters, Department of Music.

Non-empirical Research (no collection of data): First place — Kimberly Norton, “Preliminary Evaluation of the Flora and Vegetation of Seasonally Wet Limestone Cedar Glades of the Southeastern United States: A New Approach to Conservation,” College of Science and Mathematics, Department of Biology, and Lois Jones, “Examining Gender Bias in Photojournalism and the Perception of Superior Work or Talent Based on Gender Byline,” College of Arts and Letters, Department of Communication.

For more information about the first Graduate Extravaganza at APSU, call the College of Graduate Studies, (931) 221-7414. To learn more about graduate education at APSU, visit http://apsu.edu/cogs. -- Melony Shemberger