The Graduate School Newsletter

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About this newsletter

The Graduate School Newsletter is published to keep Georgia College graduate students and faculty up to date about resources, events, and news from the departments and colleges. The newsletter is published twice a semester with the exception of summer term. If you have questions or would like to add content, please contact Parris Story: parris.story@gcsu.edu.

Eleven Graduate Students Selected for Awards

In celebration of Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week, The Graduate School recognizes the contributions of graduate students to the mission of Georgia College and The Graduate School by raising awareness of their efforts in teaching, research, and service to the campus community. Every year awards are given to graduate students for their contribution in the classroom through their research and in service as graduate assistants to the college. We congratulate this year's award recipients for their outstanding work! See the full story on Front Page at https://frontpage.gcsu.edu/node/7738.


Spring 2021 Graduate Research Travel Grant Award

  • La'Quita Randolph, Master of Science in Biology, for research titled, "Localization of P-body Protein, Pat1b, During an Adenovirus Infection".


Fourth Annual Graduate Research Poster Exhibit & Competition

  • 1st Place - Taylor Chapman, Master of Science in Biology, for research titled, The Effect of an Acidified-Gypsum Mixture on Broiler Litter Urease-Producing Bacteria and Nitrogen Mineralization".
  • 2nd Place - Margaret Josiah, Doctor of Nursing Practice, for research titled, "The Effect of Lifestyle Modification Educational Intervention on Increasing Knowledge of Hypertension Management among African American Adults".
  • 3rd Place - Madeline Olliff, Master of Science in Biology, for research titled, “Soil Macroinvertebrate Responses to Wildfires in the Blue Ridge Mountains, USA".
  • Honorable Mention - Tara Mosher, Doctor of Nursing Practice, for research titled, “Improving Self-Confidence of Nursing Students Through Implementation of a Workplace Violence Virtual Simulation".


2021 Outstanding Graduate Assistant Awards

  • Taylor Chapman, Master of Science in Biology
  • Madisyn Coty, Master of Accountancy
  • Cheng Lam Ku, Master of Arts in English
  • Samuel Mullis, Master of Accountancy
  • Denechia Powell, Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing
  • Catherine Woodall, Master of Science in Health & Human Performance, Health Promotion

2020-2021 Graduate Student Appreciation Giveaway Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the Graduate Student Appreciation Giveaway.


  • Sabrina Baker, Master of Arts in Teaching in Special Education
  • Elisabeth Buzzell, Master of Education in Music Education
  • Keyanna Dawson, Master of Science in Athletic Training
  • Andrew Smith, Master of Science in Public Administration

Commencement for the Graduate Class of 2021

Get all the details on Commencement for the Graduate Class of 2021 here.

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Share the Moment 2020 & 2021 GC Graduate Students!

Please post your 2020 and 2021 commencement photos using the hashtags #GCGradSch2021 or #GCGradSch2020. Be sure to follow us on our Facebook and Twitter social media pages.

GC Master of Science in Criminal Justice Ranked in the Top 50 for 2021!

The Department of Government and Sociology is pleased to announce that it's Criminal Justice master’s program was one of only two state universities to make Intelligent.com’s list of the Top 50 Master's in Criminal Justice Degree Programs for 2021.


The top 50 schools were chosen based an assessment of 208 accredited colleges and universities in United States. According to Intelligent.com’s website: Each program was evaluated based on curriculum quality, graduation rate, reputation and post-graduate employment. The 2021 rankings were calculated through a unique scoring system which includes student engagement, potential return on investment and leading third-party evaluations.

Graduate Student Kudos

College of Arts & Sciences


The Department of Biological and Environment Sciences recognizes the following graduate students in their accomplishments.


  • Kayla Allen (May 2020) was accepted into the PHD program in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Texas A&M University working with Dr. Kira Delmore.
  • Taylor Chapman (May 2021) was accepted into the PHD program in the Department of Infectious Disease at the University of Georgia working with Dr. Ralph Tripp.
  • Harley Hunt (May 2021) presented his thesis research at the 2020 Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America. Harley recently began working for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission as a Marine Fisheries Biologist in the Artificial Reef Section.

  • Madeline Olliff (May 2021) presented her thesis research at the 2020 Great Smoky Mountains National Park Science Colloquium in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

  • Parker Rhinehart (May 2021) was accepted into PhD programs at the University of Kansas, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, working with Dr. K. Christopher Beard.

  • Jessica Wilks (December 2021) presented her thesis research at the 2020 Southeastern Fishes Council Annual Meeting.


College of Business


Each year the faculty in the J. Whitney College of Business select an outstanding student for the graduate business programs. The College of Business is pleased to announce the recipients of the Outstanding Graduate Student Awards for 2021.


  • Nathan Dees (Macon, GA), Outstanding Master of Management of Information Systems Student
  • Carmen Dixon (Elko, GA), Outstanding Master of Accountancy Student
  • Nadia Kama (Royal Oak, MICH), Outstanding Georgia WebMBA® Student
  • Tom Swinson (Fayetteville, GA), Outstanding Master of Logistics & Supply Chain Management Student
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Noteworthy Rankings - U.S. News & World Report

#7 in Most Innovative Schools

#9 in Top Public Schools

#21 in Regional Universities South

#54 Best Value Schools

Final Exam Schedule - Spring Semester 2021

Final exams (online) will be held Wednesday, May 5 - 7, 2021.


Please see the official spring 2021 academic calendar for more information at: https://www.gcsu.edu/registrar/academic-calendars-registrar

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Commencement Celebration for the Graduate Class of 2021

Thursday, May 6th, 6pm

Georgia College Centennial Center

Georgia College invites all May 2021 and August 2021 master's, specialist, and doctoral candidates to join us on May 6-7 or May 13-14 for a special on-campus commencement event. This indoor event has been specifically designed to give you the opportunity to walk across the stage and to celebrate your accomplishment with loved ones, while following COVID-19 safety guidelines to keep you, your guests, and the GC administration and staff safe. Each ceremony will be broadcast live over the Internet from the Georgia College Graduation page. To learn more, including information on session times, please visit the Registrar's web site or click here.

Connect With The Graduate School

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