GradImpact: Using Social Media As an Effective Education, Research, and Global Outreach Tool

    Anne Hilborn, a doctoral student in the Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation at Virginia Tech, studies the interactions between predators and prey, “focusing on cheetahs because they hunt by day on open plains, are affected by lions, and impact several species of herbivores that serve as prey.” She discovered the value of using social media during field research in 2014. She realized that chronicling her experiences on Twitter and her blog would give her the opportunity to share her photos, data, and research with the whole world.


    Hilborn and her graduate student colleague, Chris Rowe, learned just how effective Twitter can be in 2015. They began posting a series of tweets using the hashtag #fieldworkfail and received thousands of responses from scientists and scholars, who in turn shared their own #fieldworkfail experiences. The hashtag is still used today.


    Hilborn’s successful use of social media demonstrates one way to address the challenge of communicating research effectively to broad audiences. To learn more about Anne’s work, visit the Virginia Tech website.


    Visit the GradImpact Feature Gallery to learn more about the amazing, innovative research being done by graduate students and alumni across the world.


    **Photo Credit: Virginia Tech News



    The CGS GRADIMPACT project draws from member 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 our WEBSITE for more information.


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