GradImpact Archive

    CGS #GradImpact draws from member institution examples to tell the larger story of graduate education. Our goal is to demonstrate the importance of graduate education not only to degree holders, but also to the communities where we live and work. Do you have a great story to share about the impact of master’s or doctoral education? Visit the CGS website for more information


    Archived GradImpact Stories


    Developing Innovative Natural Fabrics from the Fibers in Banana Stems

    Joyce Nabisaalu, Design, Housing and Merchandising at Oklahoma State University


    Preserving Art for the Education and Enrichment of Future Generations

    Claire Taggart, Art Conservation, Winterthur/University of Delaware


    How Ceramic Engineering Led to Cutting-Edge Inventions in Wound Care

    Steve Jung, Materials Science & Engineering, Missouri S&T


    Using Documentary Films to Mobilize Social Change

    Mark Terry, Humanities, York University


    Developing a Breakthrough for Early Detection of Pancreatic Cancer

    James Froberg & Fataneh Karandish, Physics & Pharmaceutical Sciences, North Dakota State University


    Understanding How Climate Change May Profoundly Impact an Ecosystem

    Tim Maguire, Biology, Boston University


    Building Community-Based Organizations for Violence Prevention and Education

    Dorothy Johnson-Speight, EdD, Fielding Graduate University


    Making Cloud Computing More Efficient, Reliable, and Secure

    Masoud Moshref Javadi, Computer Engineering, University of Southern California


    Using Art to Change People’s Perceptions and Increase Awareness for Sustainability

    Joseph Blake, MFA, Dance, University of Washington


    Becoming an Astronaut by Studying Life (Cave Slime) in Extreme Environments

    Zena Cardman, Geosciences, The Pennsylvania State University


    Communicating Navajo History and Traditions through the Fine Arts

    Dakota Mace, MFA, Design Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison


    Innovation, Entrepreneurship Inspire Creativity: Growing Heart Tissue on Spinach Leaves

    Josh Gershlak, Biomedical Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute


    Diversifying Future Generations of Policy Leaders to Advance Culture of Health

    Patrice Williams, Urban & Regional Planning, Florida State University


    Developing Bioengineering Strategies to Combat Autoimmune Diseases

    Lisa Tostanoski, Bioengineering, University of Maryland, College Park


    Helping Aspiring Entrepreneurs Develop Impactful Local Ventures

    Dustin Mix & Maria Gibbs, Venture Founders Program, University of Notre Dame


    Research in Philosophy and Deep Brain Stimulation Could Help Parkinson’s Patients

    Tim Brown, Philosophy, University of Washington


    Transforming Flood Control Technology

    Jorge Cueto, Engineering, State University of New York at Buffalo


    Revolutionizing Battery Technology by Lengthening Their Lifespans

    Mya Le Thai, Chemistry, University of California, Irvine


    Using Stories and Personal Narrative to Find Meaning and Establish Connections

    Lanre Akinsiku, MFA, Writing, Cornell University


    Protecting Our Food Supply while Reducing Use of Harmful Pesticides

    Joseph Taylor, Entomology, Washington State University


    Helping Indigenous Tribes Relearn Ethnobotany & Traditional Ecological Knowledge

    Rick Flores, Environmental Studies, UC-Santa Cruz


    Researching Community Factors to Improve Wellbeing of Senior Citizens

    Jessica Finlay, Geography & Gerontology, University of Minnesota


    Supporting the Deaf Community with Free Crisis Text Line and Counseling

    Tiffany Bridgett, Clinical Psychology, Gallaudet University


    Understanding the World Through History

    Adam Stoddard, History, East Carolina University


    Improving Women’s Access to Pre-Natal Healthcare & Maternal Support

    Jisha Panicker, Public Health, Wayne State University


    Improving Biological Education for Students with Disabilities

    Andrew Hasley, Genetics, University of Wisconsin–Madison


    Increasing Graduation Rates through Mathematics Education

    Tracey Kiser, Teaching and Learning, Education Studies, University of California San Diego


    Using Drones as Humanitarian Aid Tool

    Ali Darwish, Computer Engineering, University of Alabama at Birmingham


    Sharing Powerful Narratives of Military Experience through Performance

    Gregory DeCandia, Dramatic Art, University of North Carolina -Chapel Hill



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