celebrating student research and creative inquiry
Piedmont is committed to involving our students in undergraduate research and inquiry, leadership and community engagement and global learning. Studies have shown that students who receive these kinds of engaged learning experiences are more resilient, persist in their education and are nimble learners.
Last year, the college hosted a series of presentations and events April 2-6 to celebrate these events. The week included poster presentations, lectures, and giveaways. This academic year, the college is wrapping those activities into a single day.
Members of Piedmont’s Quality Enhancement Plan Committee are collecting applications and will approve presentations. The group anticipates 35-50 will participate the first year.
Stories about engaged learning at Piedmont College
What’s Piedmont’s brand?
A senior business administration major, Mallory Newsome describes Piedmont's brand as "community-centered and tight-knit."
While that is her perception, Newsome, a native of St. Augustine, Florida, wanted to know what other students, specifically graduate students, think.
As part of a research project Newsome and five other undergraduate students, interviewed a handful of graduate school students this fall through focus groups. What do you think of when you hear the words 'graduate school'? What images come to mind when you think of graduate school at Piedmont?
"The goal of this research is to pinpoint when, where, and how Piedmont interacts with potential graduate students," said Newsome. "We wanted to gain insight about where and how this process should be improved to gain turn more prospective graduate students into Piedmont graduate students."
Other students participating in the research, which is part of Professor Susanna Warnock’s class on qualitative analysis were Aleea Bishop, Rowan Bumpass, Rachel Irby, Eric Lopez, and Carson Porterfield.
The groups' findings will be presented at the Piedmont Symposium April 17 in the Swanson Center for the Performing Arts. In all, more than 60 students will present posters, discuss research and perform works of music and theatre at the day-long event.