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.

The Finale! Graduate & Professional Student Appreciation Week 2022

The Graduate School hosted its annual Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week April 4 - 8. A variety of events were held for graduate students to attend and engage in during the special celebratory week. Graduate students are recognized and commended for their ability to create new ideas, conduct research, contribute to scholarly or creative works, and contribute to learning through teaching. Our graduate students truly enrich the campus! Some of the week's events included the 5th Annual Graduate Research Showcase, Professional Learning Seminar, networking event on Zoom, Free Professional Headshots, the Graduate Student Appreciation Giveaway, and The Graduate School's Annual Spring Reception. Graduate & Professional Student Appreciation Week is a celebration of the many ways that our graduate students contribute to the campus.

Congratulations to the 2021-2022 Outstanding Graduate Assistant Award Recipients

Outstanding Graduate Assistant Award

The award recognizes the outstanding contributions graduate assistants provide in supportive roles to students, faculty, staff and the university while pursuing graduate studies. Graduate assistants are nominated by faculty, staff and administrators in the spring of every year. Recipients of the Outstanding Graduate Assistant Award receive an award package which includes $200 cash from the Georgia College Foundation, a framed certificate, and an official letter. Learn more about the Outstanding Graduate Assistant Award on The Graduate School Graduate Opportunities web page.

The 5th Annual Graduate Research Showcase

The 5th Annual Graduate Research Showcase consisted of a visual digital display of creativity and research findings displayed through the Ina Dillard Russell Library, Knowledge Box. Twenty-five graduate students participated in this year's event representing graduate programs in athletic training, biology, education – curriculum and instruction, music education, music therapy, and nursing. The campus community is invited to view the 2022 poster showcase here.

How many people read graduate student research? Over 1700!

Don't think graduate student research work is of importance, guess again! As of 4/01/2022, the Graduate Research Posters in the Library's institutional repository, the Knowledge Box had 1,763 downloads from 65 countries. For more information or questions, contact Dr. Shaundra Walker, Director, Ina Dillard Russell Library.

Spring 2022 Graduate Research Travel Grant Recipients

As a graduate student, conducting research and publishing work is essential to professional development and career advancement. For it provides the opportunity to learn new skills, network with other students and researchers in the area of interest, and personally contribute new knowledge to the field. For graduate students, Graduate Research Travel Grants is one means to support the costs (conference fees, travel, and accommodations) associated with the presentation of their own original scholarship at professional conferences. The Graduate School was happy to award five graduate student travel grants in the amount $400 to support their research and scholarship activities at in-person and virtual conferences across the U.S. Congratulations are extended to:


Sydney Brown, Master of Science in Biology

Title of work: Morphological Effects of Gomphonema Parvulum Grown Under Different Stressors


Tara Heimberger, Master of Arts in English

Title of work: Millay: Canonical Limitation and Female Sexuality


Christopher Horacek, Master of Science in Biology

Title of work: Effects of Nest Box Temperature Mitigation Treatments on Reproductive Success and Nestling Development in a Southeastern Population of Eastern Bluebirds (Sialia sialis)


Caroline Miller, Master of Music Therapy

Title of work: Docu-Ready for This? Utilizing Google Forms for Large Group Documentation


Ana Tipton, Master of Science in Biology

Title of work: Integrating Radio Telemetry and Accelerometry to Evaluate the Effects of Roadways on the Movement Behavior of Timber Rattlesnakes (Crotalus Horridus)


Graduate students are encourage to apply for this great opportunity. Grants are awarded in the fall and spring of every academic year. Visit The Graduate School Graduate Opportunities web page to learn more.

Make Your Resume or CV Stronger! List Research and Publication Activities

Research and publishing is not just for science and academia. In many industries, research and publication skills are highly desirable and crucial for some employers because research helps increase innovation and improves growth in a company. Showing how you used research in action is a great way to demonstrate the value you could bring to a company and the role you’re applying for. Contact the Career Center to work with a career advisor to refresh your resume or curriculum vitae (CV) with your academic efforts.

2022 Graduate Student Appreciation Giveaway Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2022 Graduate Student Appreciation Giveaway.



  • Michael Ferra, Master of Education, Curriculum & Instruction
  • Jasmine Fuller, Master of Education, Secondary Education
  • Aron Liebig, Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing
  • Daniella Thomas, Master of Public Administration
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Graduating Masters, Specialist, and Doctoral Students, Tell Us What's Next For You!

Congratulations on your noteworthy accomplishment. Have you been accepted into a doctoral program, received a job promotion, changed careers, fulfilled a life-long dream, etc., as a result of earning your graduate degree. If so, we want to hear about it.


Tell us what's next! Share your success and post-graduation plans with us by filling out our Next Destination Questionnaire.


If you are still searching for your next opportunity, have uncertainties, or want to make a connection at a networking event, contact the Georgia College Career Center, 478-445-5384 for help. Their team of specialized career advisors can help you further realize your career aspirations.

Upcoming Fall 2022!

The Graduate School is happy to announce the establishment of the first Graduate Student Organization at Georgia College. The GSO will serve as a channel for graduate students to gain a sense of belonging, voice concerns and provide feedback on issues that directly affect graduate student life at Georgia College, and foster social and professional connections between graduate students, faculty, alumni, and university administrators. Membership will be free and automatic for all enrolled graduate students. More information will be made available on The Graduate School website summer 2022.
The Master's Degrees that Give the Biggest Salary Boost

As part of their annual Salary Survey, the National Association of Colleges and Employers recently analyzed which master’s degrees created the biggest increase in earnings for graduates, known as a differential. Click the button to read more.

Reserve Your Seat Today!

Newly admitted and current students! We are hoping to see you soon!. Registration for Summer and Fall 2022 is open. We encourage you to login to PAWS and register now for the best course selections.


When is payment due? Payment for all summer courses is due in full on the first calendar day of the first part of term for which the student is enrolled. Tuition for Fall 2022 courses is due on August 15, 2022.


See the complete Academic Calendar for important summer and fall term dates.

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May 2022 Graduate Commencement

Friday, May 6th, 7pm

251 South Clarke Street

Milledgeville, GA

The ceremony will be held in the Georgia College Centennial Center. The processional will begin promptly at 6:45 p.m. with the ceremony beginning at 7:00 p.m.. Doors will open for guest at 5:00 p.m. For more information, visit the Registrar's website.
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