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

     

    Promoting Technology Innovation in Africa by Empowering Young Girls to Pursue STEM Education
    Unoma Okorafor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Texas A&M University
     

    Establishing an Equal Playing Field for all People to Succeed
    Garry Johnson, Entrepreneurship & Design, University of Delaware

     

    Inspiring Generations of Students to Solve Real World Problems

    Alyson Nelson, Educational Technology, Boise State University

     

    Understanding How Viruses Affect Their Hosts

    Lok Raj Joshi and Maureen Fernandes, Veterinary Microbiology, South Dakota State University

     

    Science Isn’t Just Something that Happens in Labs

    Arianna Soldati, Geological Sciences, University of Missouri

     

    Finding Innovative Ways to Empower Women through Resource Development

    Zubaida Bai, M.B.A., Colorado State University

     

    A Veteran Brings the Parks to the People through Research and Outreach

    Jessica Phillips, Parks, Recreation, Tourism, and Sports Management, North Carolina State University

     

    Research to Better Understand How Antidepressants Affect Fetal Development

    Juan Velasquez, Neuroscience, University of Southern California
     

    Music as a Path out of Poverty

    Dafne Guevara, Musical Arts, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

     

    Collecting Critical Data to Predict the Response of Earth’s Polar Ice to Climate Change

    Nathan Kurtz, Atmospheric Physics, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

     

    Studying Animal Behavior to Determine How Personality Is Shaped

    Peter Marting, Animal Behavior, Arizona State University

     

    Using Satellite Data Images of the Arctic to Teach the Public about Climate Change

    Zachary Labe, Department of Earth System Science, University of California, Irvine

     

    Educating the Public on a Decline in Marine Life through Art Installations

    Jacquelyn Dale (JD) Whitman, MFA in Art, University of Iowa

     

    Offering Support and Promoting Wellness for Pre and Post-Partum Women

    Adriana Dyurich, Counselor Education, Texas A&M – Corpus Christi

     

    Developing Advanced, Affordable Prostheses and Improving Quality of Life

    Aadeel Akhtar, Neuroscience, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

     

    Providing Clean Drinking Water and an Education to Rural Communities in Sub-Saharan Africa

    Prosper Zongo, Political Science & International Relations, University of South Dakota

     

    Improving Airfield Safety During Extreme Weather Using Renewable Solar Energy

    Joseph Daniels, Civil Engineering, University of Arkansas

     

    Supporting Inmate Rehabilitation by Studying the Connection between Brain Injury and Criminal Behavior

    Kim Gorgens, Neuropsychology, University of Denver

     

    Using Social Media as an Effective Education, Research, and Global Outreach Tool

    Anne Hilborn, Fish and Wildlife Conservation, Virginia Tech

     

    Highlighting the Importance of Art in Repressive Societies

    Anna Rogulina, Art History, Rutgers University

     

    Providing Clean, Renewable, & Sustainable Electricity to Sub-Saharan Africa

    Mehrdad Arjmand and Aaron Olson, Engineering Mechanics, University of Wisconsin-Madison

     

    Exponentially Improving Student Learning in Low-Income Districts

    Jessica Bohlen, Education, University of West Georgia

     

    Improving Access to Food Pantries for Food Insecure Populations

    Matthew Schwartz, Social Work, University at Buffalo

     

    Research to Better Understand and Prevent Suicide in Military Veterans

    Lauren Forrest, Psychology, Miami University of Ohio

     

    Discovering 2 Supermassive, Colliding Black Holes 750 Million Light-Years Away

    Karishma Bansal, Physics & Astronomy, University of New Mexico

     

    Protecting Firefighters from Toxic Exposures through Textile Chemistry

    Chandler Maness, Textile Chemistry, North Carolina State University

     

    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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