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U of M Will Celebrate Graduate Education Week March 31-April 4 University News
For release: March 24, 2008

For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey

Graduate education attracts more than 39,000 students to Tennessee universities from across the nation and the world, and more than 11,000 advanced degrees are awarded each year. Tuition and fees generate more than $250 million for the state. There are benefits to the students as well. According to U.S. Census data, a master's degree increases lifetime earnings by $400,000 and a doctoral degree by $1.5 million.

In an effort to increase awareness of the value and contributions of graduate students, Gov. Phil Bredesen has proclaimed March 31-April 4 as Graduate Education Week in Tennessee. Events will include research forums, roundtable discussions, recruitment fairs, exhibitions and scholarly presentations. Graduate students, graduate faculty and seniors interested in graduate school are invited.

Graduate Education Week

University of Memphis events include:

March 31, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Electronic Theses and Dissertation, a presentation by Dr. Cathleen May, Michael D. Rose Theatre. May, national director of dissertation publishing at ProQuest, will discuss and demonstrate exemplary electronic theses and dissertations from universities across the country. Panelists from the U of M will serve as discussion leaders.

The “Have You Seen Your Shadow?" program will begin March 31 and continue all week. Undergraduate students will have the opportunity to participate in a shadowing experience for one day. These students will be paired with graduate students in their majors or areas of interest. Each graduate /undergraduate pair will attend classes, research meetings, graduate assistant placements, and other graduate activities. (Contact Kristie Fleming at 901-678-1408 to sign up.)
Student Research Forum
Dr. Ernest Rakow and Student Researcher at the 2007 Student Research Forum.

April 1, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
, 20th annual Student Research Forum, Rose Theatre. Student research posters will be presented from 10 to 11:30 a.m., followed by an awards ceremony. The Forum, which is free and open to everyone, will feature research by both graduate and undergraduate students.

This year 120 students will participate, presenting research from such fields as engineering, physical and applied sciences, life/health sciences, liberal and fine arts, education, business, social and behavioral sciences, and math and computer science.

April 2, 8 a.m. to noon, Graduate Education Week, Legislative Plaza in Nashville, with the theme “Celebrating Graduate Student Research in Tennessee." In an effort to increase public awareness of the value and contributions of graduate students, graduate students from institutions of higher learning in the state will present their research posters to legislators. Justin Zook, a biomedical engineering doctoral candidate, was recognized by the Council of Graduate Schools for his exemplary research on tuberculosis in Africa and will represent the U of M.Panel Discussion
April 3, 2 to 4:30 p.m., panel discussion, “Graduate School 101: A Recruitment and Informational Fair," Rose Theatre. Panelists will include Dr. Karen Weddle-West, vice provost for Graduate Studies; Jan Brownlee, director of Graduate School Services; Allilia Price, vice president of the Graduate Student Association; and graduate student representatives from various disciplines. Graduate students also will staff information booths in their disciplines.

April 4, 2 to 3:30 p.m., “Have You Seen Your Shadow?" roundtable, Manning Hall, Room 204. The program will culminate in a roundtable discussion let by Kristie Fleming, treasurer of the Graduate Student Association. Undergraduates who have participated in the shadowing program will have an opportunity to discuss their experiences with current graduate students.

Weddle-West is state coordinator of Graduate Education Week in Tennessee.For more information, call 901-678-2531.

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