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2021 Miami University Graduate Research Forum top presenters announced

Elizabeth Hoover and Aaron Luebbe were recognized at the forum as co-recipients of the Distinguished Teaching Award for Excellence in Graduate Instruction and Mentoring for 2020-2021.

Poster presentations and audience at the Graduate Research Forum  in Armstrong Student Center
The 2021 Graduate Research Forum was held in a hybrid format (virtual and in-person) at the Armstrong Student Center.
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2021 Miami University Graduate Research Forum top presenters announced

#The 2021 Graduate Research Forum was held in a hybrid format (virtual and in-person) at the Armstrong Student Center. ()

The top presenters at Miami University’s 2021 Graduate Research Forum were recently announced by the Graduate School

More than 99 graduate students presented their research at the Nov. 5 forum. They were evaluated by Miami University Graduate School alumni and faculty for their ability to effectively communicate their work and answer questions. The top presenters received $300 funding for professional expenses. 

Top Oral Presenters:

  • Sam Purkiss (Miami ’20), master’s degree student in History, for his presentation “Clara Bow and the Ideal Celebrity Body: Gender, Labor and Film in the Construction of ‘It.’ ”
  • Katherine Stahlhut, doctoral student in Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology (EEEB), for her presentation “Linking plant functional traits to mycorrhizal mutualisms.”
  • Marta Fioretti, master’s degree student in French, for her presentation “Foreign Language Teaching Methods – Insights from the Field.”

Top poster presentations:

  • Noel Skocko, master’s degree student in Geology, for "Young Volcanic Clusters in the Michoacán-Guanajuato Volcanic Field, México."   
  • Ellen Tieke (Miami ’20), master’s degree student in Cellular and Molecular Biology (CMSB), for “Can a computer program really predict gene regulatory regions?”
  • Oscar Sandoval, doctoral student in psychology, for "Potential anti-depressant effects of psilocybin and norbaeocystin."

Awards were funded by the James Paxton MBA 2007 Fund, the Patricia Lang Fund, and the Graduate School.

Excellence in Graduate Instruction and Mentoring

Elizabeth Hoover, associate teaching professor of Music, and Aaron Luebbe, professor of Psychology were recognized at the forum as co-recipients of the Distinguished Teaching Award for Excellence in Graduate Instruction and Mentoring for 2020-2021.