Graduate Student Accomplishments

GSS provides funding for professional development to graduate students who go one to conduct research, present their work, and do one of a kind research. 

Bernadette Bowen, second year PhD in Media and Communications

I had the privilege to attend my first ever Media Ecology Association (MEA) convention. To my surprise, I was graciously awarded 2019 Top Convention Paper, which means my paper will be published in their journal (my first journal publication), my conference costs for next year in New York are comped, and I was gifted a first edition of Marshal McLuhan’s book “The Mechanical Bride” by Marc Belanger the infamous labor unionist.

Being that media ecology is an incredibly interdisciplinary field, the last four days I listened and exchanged ideas with a total of 400 brilliant minds from 30 countries: fellow graduate students, established philosophers, artists, activists, biologists, literary critics, politicians, journalists, icons of media ecology I’d only read work by, but never dreamed of meeting (like Corey Anton, Lance Strate and even Andrew McLuhan [Marshall McLuhans grandson]), and many others about the technologically mediated issues facing our world.

Marissa Tashenberg, Master of Business Administration

As I just joined Women Leaders in College Sport, I do not have much to elaborate on in regard to my professional development thus far. I anticipate being able to connect with women in the industry who will provide mentorship and advice in regard to growing through adversity and challenges that I will face. I have already signed up for a conference call that will take place on July 17th which is centered around women in football and the sort of challenges that we may face in our respective positions in the industry. I am excited to explore the opportunity to connect with other academic professionals within the organization and continue growing my leadership skills. With elevated leadership skills, I am hoping to bring that knowledge and leadership back to our office here at BGSU in order to continue growing with my co-workers and being a leader in the office. Long term, I hope to connect with women who hold high ranking positions in athletics departments who I would like to model myself after. I will be able to connect with them through committee work and the mentorship program available only to WLCS members.

Frances Griffith, Ph.D. Student in Clinical Psychology

I attended the 17th Biennial Conference for the Society for Community Research and Action (SCRA, Division 27 of the American Psychological Association) from June 26th – 29th, 2019 in Chicago, IL. It was hosted by National Louis University and titled, “Making an Impact: Ecological Praxis: System Complexity, Cycles of Action, and Extending our Metaphors with the Natural World.” I attended several helpful symposia, roundtable discussions, and poster sessions that positively impacted my professional development. A roundtable discussion titled, “Do No Harm: How to Discuss and Educate on Trauma without Pathologizing” was pertinent to working at the BGSU Psychological Services Center due to the diversity of clients, including students and community members, who seek services there, many of whom may have a history of traumatic experiences. Discussions like these enhance my ability to sensitively serve clients with a history of traumatic experiences while emphasizing strength and resiliency in my future work at the PSC as a clinical psychology doctoral student. In addition to preparing me for practice, I also attended sessions relevant to my research, such as, “Community in the Virtual World: Relationships, Empathy, and the Self in Online.” This discussion centered on social media and gaming communities, which are the focus of my current preliminary project in my progress towards my degree.

Morgan McDougall, Ph.D. student in Rhetoric and Writing

This past weekend, I attended the Computers and Writing Conference in East Lansing, MI. This national conference for the field of Rhetoric and Writing provided a multitude of events, presentations, and networking activities to engage in as a graduate student. Scholars from around the United States met to discuss their research, pedagogy, and theoretical understandings of the ways in which online learning, digital technologies, and teaching impact students in postsecondary writing courses. In addition to presenting my own research on Friday, June 21, I also attended research presentations from other scholars. Through these experiences I have been able to share contact information with scholars from across the United States, build connections for future networking, and consider additional outlets for sharing my own research.