UNCG graduate student researchers meet with legislators
Governor Roy Cooper proclaimed May 12–18, 2019, to be “Graduate Education Week.”
In celebration of this event, graduate schools from across the UNC System brought graduate students to the NC General Assembly on Wednesday May 15, to meet with legislators. The students discussed their graduate work and its impact and relevancy to the state of North Carolina.
The three students representing UNCG this year were chosen from among the 15 winners of the UNCG Graduate Research and Creativity Expo, held on April 3. They were
- Alma Chanelo, who completed her M.S. degree in Biology this May
- Oliver Thomas, who is a Ph.D. candidate in Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations
- Ryan Yarbrough, who is a Ph.D. student in Nanoscience.
Over the course of the day, the students along with Gregory C. Bell, Associate Dean of the Graduate School, and Andrew Cagle, UNCG Director of State and External Affairs, met with a dozen legislators. They included Sen. Dan Blue, Sen. Gladys Robinson, Rep. Cecil Brockman, Rep. Ashton Clemmons, Rep. Jon Hardister, Rep. Pricey Harrison, Rep. Amos Quick, and Rep. Mitchell Setzer, among others.
In these meetings the students explained their research briefly and discussed the importance of graduate education to our state.
Story by Campus Weekly Staff