Research Week draws participants from 54 programs of study

Research WeekResearch Week winners in the Graduate Poster category:  Dr. Clark Zealand (Associate Dean of Academics – School of Education), Kevan Keane (grad student), Patricia Meulemans (grad student), Dr. Ronald Hawkins (Provost), Olushola Ogunleye (grad student), Bethesda J. O’Connell (Assistant Professor, Department of Public & Community Health), Dr. Beverly Mahoney (Associate Dean, School of Health Sciences), Dr. Roger Schultz (Dean, College of Arts and Sciences)

Doctoral student Patricia Meulemans is “officially and professionally curious.” That’s how she described herself after participating in Research Week 2017.

Patricia Meulemans at Research Week

Meulemans was the first-place winner in the Theoretical Proposal category for her submission: “Latinas’ Persistence in Higher Education STEM.” Her subject addresses the lack of Latin women in the Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (STEM) fields.

Initially, Meulemans used Research Week as the push she needed to get started on the theoretical framework of her dissertation. Later, she found that it could be a foundational step.

“When I presented my information,” she said, “it sparked thoughts and questions, and helped me look at the voids in my presentation and, in the end, strengthened my research.”

Representing the Doctor of Education program at Research Week, Meulemans’ presentation was one of 126 delivered from 54 diverse programs ranging from the B.S. in Biomedical Sciences to the M.F.A. in Graphic Design.

Open to both undergraduate and graduate students, Research Week is led by Liberty’s Center for Research & Scholarship (CRS).  It provides an experience that not all schools offer, especially for undergraduate students, said Dr. Darren Wu, associate director of the CRS.  “It is an investment in our students that has allowed them to better value research, gain research knowledge and skills, and disseminate the results of their research,” said Wu.


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