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Nick Curtis Psychology doctoral student


His interests developed from classes and close relationships with professors.
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Graduate Biology collaborative research grant


A $57,000 grant is helping biologists at JMU and U.Va. expand their collaborative research into understanding bacteria that are surprisingly resistant to a group of antibiotics used to treat critically ill or injured patients.
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Jie Chen new Dean of The Graduate School
The diversity of the student body will enhance graduate education by bringing in different ideas and opportunities for students and faculty.


Master of Public Administration Student Researching a Better Life
Matthew Williams is a student in the Master of Public Administration program which has allowed him to realize the desire for applied solutions to the problems confronting the public and the organizations that inhabit it.

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Graduate Student Seeks to Improve Mental Health Education in Kenya
Mueni Masambia, a talented graduate student is already building the foundation for her counseling career and developing important knowledge to bring back to her home country in Kenya.

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Exploring EXPO Milan 2015
EUPS student Shannon Rano. "It challenged us to think about food production and sustainability in the future, but also allowed us to experience the unique cultural traditions of the countries represented."

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Recent MBA Graduate Eric Korn Encourages Students to Go the Extra Mile
Recent MBA Graduate Eric Korn Encourages Students to Go the Extra Mile


Natalie Doughty Graduate Student at Dublin International Festival
Natalie Doughty, sitting at the piano, recently took part in a string of overseas festivals, including the Zodiac Music Festival, July 4-15 in Valdeblore, France, and the Dublin International Piano Festival and Summer Academy, from July 25-Aug. 2 in Dublin, Ireland. Space at the Dublin Festival is limited to just 16 students, whom officials hand-select from different corners of the world.

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Quantitative Psychology Student Wins Award
Liz Pyburn, a student in the Quantitative Psychology Concentration, received the competitive "Best Paper by a Graduate Student" Award from the Northeastern Educational Research Association (NERA).


Faculty Conductor Leads Wind Symphony to National Convention
The Wind Symphony was selected to play its first national-level concert at the 2015 National Conference of the College Band Directors National Association in Nashville in March. The convention represents the best university wind ensembles from around the country. —It is an honor that we were selected to perform.—


Research Faculty Member is Energized by Her Students
Dr. Brenda Ryals, a professor of audiology in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, was awarded the Honors of the Association Award which is the highest honor given by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

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Murder, Shakespeare, and Puppets: The Story Lady
For M.A. English alum Diana Black, née Ruskin (Class of 2013), life after JMU has been a whirlwind. Less than a month after graduation, she was newly married and starting a job as Assistant Children—s Programmer at the Staunton Public Library. The job interview required, among other tasks, that she sing —Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star,— improvise scenes with hand puppets, and devise a craft using only plastic straws and pink napkins. It was a fitting challenge for a job that requires her to wear all kinds of hats — both literally and figuratively (—My favorite is the one shaped like a macaw—). Thankfully, she has been well-prepared by both her arts background and the rigors of her master—s program.

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Biology Alum Molly Bletz
From Harrisonburg to Germany by way of Madagascar, M.S. Biology alum Molly Bletz's (M.S. 2013) work with amphibians has taken her across the globe. In some ways, the world spanning travels of this graduate student mirrors the research journey of her advisor, Dr. Reid Harris, whose research on the nesting behaviors of salamanders suggested that antifungal resistance was transferred from a mother to her eggs.

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EUPS Alumni Kevin Herzik
He attributes this and much of his success to the skills developed in the EUPS program. An extensive knowledge of how European Union politics works is incredibly rare in the American context. With only a handful of Europe-focused master—s programs in the United States, this sort of expertise helps students to stand out in a competitive job market.


Spotlight on Alumni - John Clarke
John Clarke graduated from the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program in May of 2013 and has since moved to San Francisco, California to start his career path as a therapist.

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Graduate Student Leader AJ Good Honored with Taylor Award
The Graduate Student Association (GSA) has recently been commended for its efforts to improve graduate student life as well as supporting the Harrisonburg community. The GSA was established in 2010 and over the past year, its leadership has made great strides toward membership development, fundraising, graduate student professional development, and visibility on campus. A.J Good, Vice President of Communications, has played a particularly pivotal role in spearheading the growth and vibrancy of the GSA.

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