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From the Dean

In just over a month, the School of Graduate Studies will host its sixth annual Graduate Student Colloquium. Our theme this year is From Discovery to Dissemination, which is meant to capture the excitement when one discovers something new while research, studying, or engaging in any academic discipline. That excitement is matched only by the importance of sharing one’s discovery with one’s peers.

This year, we shall continue to give student presenters the opportunity to present their research in person, live via Zoom, or by a pre-recorded video. The annual colloquium is the most important development opportunity that the School of Graduate Studies sponsors each year. The experience of presenting at the Colloquium enhances one’s professional skills and it is a great way to stand out from one’s peers.

In addition to numerous presentations from students in all graduate programs, we shall also host a panel entitled “Successful Teaching and Learning in an Online Accelerated Graduate Program..” The panel will feature members of USI’s Online Learning and faculty from our Master of Health Administration (MHA) and Master of Criminal Justice (MACJ) programs. Participants will speak to an audience of current and future graduate students as well as USI faculty, highlighting the transition of one program (MHA) to a fully online accelerated format and another program (MACJ) that was designed from its inception to be delivered in a fully online accelerated format. This panel of experts will address what one needs to be successful in a graduate program of this type, which has become increasingly popular among graduate students across the nation due to its inherent flexibility and how quickly one can complete the degree. This panel will be followed by current graduate students in both the MHA and MACJ programs, who will share their discoveries with the USI community.

This newsletter contains additional information about the Graduate Student Colloquium and how you can take part. We can’t wait to see you on April 5th, either in person or virtually.

Dr. Michael Dixon
Dean, School Graduate Studies

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