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Provost Carol Simpson examines a poster at last year's GRAD exhibit.
Graduate Research Achievement Day Will Feature Presentations and Poster Exhibit in Webb

Many of the brightest graduate student researchers at Old Dominion will share their work for the third annual Graduate Research Achievement Day (GRAD) on Thursday, April 11. More than 60 students will participate in this year's GRAD event, which was created to honor and celebrate the excellent research of ODU's graduate students.

During the morning session, from 9 a.m. to noon, 15 students will give oral presentations in the Virginia Rice Webb Room of Webb Center. From noon to 2 p.m., 48 students will share their research through poster presentations displayed in the North Mall of Webb Center.

"This is an opportunity for students to share their research with the entire campus community, and to show the quality of graduate education here at ODU," said Brenda Neumon Lewis, associate vice president for graduate studies.

The students' oral presentations and posters, representing all six of ODU's academic colleges, will address a variety of issues and include such topics as zombies as a generational metaphor, press freedom in the international human rights discourse, communication barriers between military spouses, hypertension among African Americans, and interference with DNA repair genes in Huntington's disease cells, among many others.

"By having the event in Webb Center, we hope the undergraduates, as well as faculty and staff, will pay attention to what our graduate students are doing, so they realize that you can do cutting-edge, world-leading collaborative research here at Old Dominion," Neumon Lewis said.

President John Broderick talks with a graduate student exhibitor at the 2012 GRAD event.

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