Graduate students show off their research and speaking skills, compete for awards and prizes

Graduate Showcase Winners
Patti Davies, Associate Dean for Research, left, pictured with Graduate Showcase award winners, left to right, Micah Battson, Jimikaye Courtney, Ariana Garcia, and Dustin Lee.

Graduate students and their research are an integral part of the success of Colorado State University. Several programs at CSU provide students a way to highlight their research and also compete for awards and funding.

On November 9, 31 graduate students from departments and schools in CSU’s College of Health and Human Sciences submitted posters to the CSU Graduate School’s Graduate Student Showcase. Five students from the college were recognized with awards:

Undergraduate Choice Award – Graduate School and Office for Undergraduate Research and Artistry – Research Top Scholar:

Claudia Solt – Food Science and Human Nutrition

College of Health and Human Sciences – Excellence in Research and Scholarship 

Dustin Lee – Food Science and Human Nutrition

Ariana Garcia – School of Education

Jimikaye Courtney – Food Science and Human Nutrition (now in the Ph.D. program in Health and Exercise Science)

Micah Battson– Food Science and Human Nutrition

See complete list of University winners and watch a video here.

Seventeen faculty judges from the College of Health and Human Sciences volunteered this year representing the following departments: Human Development and Family Studies, Food Science and Human Nutrition, Health and Exercise Science, Construction Management, and Social Work.

3 Minute Challenge

Kayla Nuss speaking
Health and Exercise Science graduate student Kayla Nuss competes in the Vice President for Research’s 3 Minute Challenge.

Based on presentation style scores from the Graduate Student Showcase judging, the Office of the Vice President for Research selected 36 graduate students to compete in the 3 Minute Challenge on February 12. Students had three minutes to quickly summarize their research and compete for scholarships and prizes.

Three students from CHHS competed: Victoria Zablocki, Jimikaye Courtney, and Kayla Nuss, all from the Department of Health and Exercise Science. Of the three, Courtney and Nuss were chosen as two of the 16 VPR Fellows for 2018-19. The fellowship provides $4,000 in scholarship and travel support. Fellows also will participate in professional development, mentoring, and leadership opportunities.

Read more about the VPR 3 Minute Challenge and the winners here.

Associate Dean for Research Patti Davies helps coordinate research efforts in the college and participated as a judge in the 3 Minute Challenge.

“The Graduate Student Showcase and VPR’s 3 Minute Challenge are two of the ways to recognize the outstanding graduate students in our college,” Davies said. “It shows how critical they are to the success of our faculty programs of research. And it’s also important to applaud our faculty and research associates for the role they play in mentoring graduate and undergraduate students in the area of research.