Dr. Pam Clark speaks at the Graduate Forum

On May 2, 2014, the Department of Education & Psychology hosted a Graduate Forum. The event was coordinated by Dr. LaShawn Thompson, Assistant Professor of Psychology and was designed to introduce education and psychology students to the opportunities of graduate study in the Education & Psychology Department at the University of Southern Mississippi. Several professors from the aforementioned department were invited to present their graduate programs to our students and to answer any questions the students might have about the graduate school application process, financial aid, degree requirements, obtainable licenses, attrition rates and job opportunities after degree confirmation. The forum allowed networking between the students and the professors as well as provided the students with the opportunity to speak one-on-one with professors from these programs.

Psychology Students listen to Graduate Forum

Kamden Strunk, Ph. D., Assistant Professor of Educational Studies & Research Director of the Research Initiative on Social Justice in Education and Georgianna Martin, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Student Affairs Administration/Higher Education spoke about current graduate programs in education, at The University of Southern Mississippi, such as the Higher Education M.Ed. Program with an emphasis in Student Affairs, M.S. in Education with an emphasis in Social Justice, and the Doctorate of Philosophy in Education with an emphasis in research, evaluation, statistics, & assessment. Pam Clark, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of Child & Family Studies was available to speak about the Masters of Science in Marriage & Family Therapy program. Additionally, two current graduate students from the Education and Psychology Department of the University of Southern Mississippi were present to allow Alcorn State University students the opportunity to ascertain information about the programs discussed from a student’s perspective.

At the conclusion of the graduate forum, students had the opportunity to win door prizes including two all equipped backpacks, supplied by the Dean’s office of the Education & Psychology Department. The two student winners of the backpacks were Ms. Alyssa Brown (Junior Psychology Major) and Ms. Sadiedra Black (Graduating, Senior Psychology Major). Overall, the forum offered the professors of the University of Southern Mississippi the opportunity to meet our Alcorn State University students and assisted in building a relationship between the departments of Education & Psychology of Alcorn State University and the University of Southern Mississippi.“We thank Dr. LaShawn Thompson for initiating and coordinating the graduate forum to inform our students regarding career options through the University of Southern Mississippi. We are excited about this collaborative effort with Southern Mississippi and hope to strengthen and expand the relationship.” -Dr. Malinda Butler

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