The 11th Annual Graduate Research Symposium

With great pleasure from the Graduate School, Dr. Shafer, and UGSA, we are pleased to announce the Eleventh Annual Graduate Research Symposium which will take place on Wednesday, March 23, 2016, from to 1-5:30 pm at the McKimmon Center.

The Graduate Research Symposium is an opportunity for graduate students to showcase the diversity of the research being carried out at NC State. Over 200 posters were presented last year from 60 departments. The posters are judged by faculty from the academic areas represented and monetary prizes are awarded to the top three winners of each academic field. The 2015 Graduate Research Poster winners were on display at the iPearl Immersion Theater in Hunt Library this September in its own exhibit. Currently, the posters can be viewed at any time.

The call for nominations is now open. If you’re interested in making a poster presentation, please contact your Director of Graduate  Programs (DGP). The deadline for nominations is January 15, 2016. Additional information is available on the Graduate School Website.

Please contact Dr. Shafer at if you have additional questions.

Take a new Survey on the NCSU 2015 Data Breach

Hello, grad students!

Fellow NCSU researcher, Melissa Adams is conducting research on perceptions of credibility and personal information data breaches.

If you received the July 2015 notice of a student information data breach from NC State Graduate School, please take this short survey. There are 14 questions and it will take you 15 minutes at most to complete. All responses are anonymous and no personal information will be collected or is required to participate. (Also, if you or someone you know received the 2013 UNC data breach notice, please take the survey or forward it to them to take.)

Your input may help inform university administrators and communicators efforts regarding this important issue in the future.

Please feel free to forward or share on social media if you are aware of others who received notice of either the 2015 NCSU or 2013 UNC data breach.

Survey Link –

Thank you all!

Melissa Adams (Principle Investigator)
Doctoral Student, Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media

UGSA Oktoberfest Social

October 24th’s Brewery crawl social was a success thanks to the Social Committee!

IMG_7020Special shout out to Melissa White and Benoit Sabourin for taking the lead and organizing the day, contacting local breweries, and ensuring buses were scheduled for responsible fun. IMG_7008

Over 40 students and guests came to enjoy the afternoon-long tour of local breweries, moving throughout the Raleigh area beginning at Raleigh Brewing company and ending at Boxcar Arcade for beer and games.
IMG_7025Students socialized with one another learning about different departments and research and joined together for cornhole at Raleigh Brewing Company and oversized Jenga at NIMG_7027ickelpoint. During the stop at Big Boss, pizza was ordered and students and their guests relaxed mingled on the deck. During the last stop, students and guest were able to go to either or both Crankarm and Boxcar. IMG_7023

The next social event will be a Hurricanes Hockey game December 3rd. Be on the look out for an email with further details and stay tuned to the Facebook and Twitter pages.