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Researcher, Food Security Advocate Making a Difference In Africa and Beyond ŠŠ Fighting Disease: Project ALIAS Gives Auburn Researchers New Tools ŠŠ Navigating the Skies and the Nursing Field with Ease ŠŠ Master's Student Finds Her Niche In Meeting and Event Planning

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CONTENTS 4 Message from the Dean 5 Top Rankings 6 Campus Snapshot: Ross Hall 21 Master’s Accelerator Program 22 Prospective Students: Admission Requirements 23 New Horizons Lecture 24 Areas of Study 25 Distance Education and Tips for Applying to Graduate School 26 Graduate Certificates & ABM Program 27 Estimated Cost of Attendance 28 The Auburn Community 29 Graduate Education is a Wise Investment 31 This Year in the GSC 32 A Guide to Giving 34 Graduate School Staff

Fighting Disease: Project ALIAS Gives Auburn Researchers New Tools

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Researcher, Food Security Advocate Makes a Difference In Africa and Beyond

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Navigating the Skies and The Nursing Field With Ease

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Master's Student Finds Her Niche in Meeting and Event Planning

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Alumni Spotlight: Alfred Davis Sr. ’87 Making a Difference in Public Service

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Auburn InterConnect program fosters crosscultural relationships

Publication Team Editors George Flowers, Dean George Crandell, Associate Dean Chris Anthony, Managing Editor Staff Writers: Brianna Champion and Zack Padgett Design, Photo, and Production: Office of Communications and Marketing Staff Download this Auburn Graduate School publication online at grad.auburn.edu/magazine Auburn University Graduate School 106 Hargis Hall, Auburn, AL 36849 Phone (334) 844-4700, Fax (334) 844-4348 Postmaster, please send address changes to 106 Hargis Hall, Auburn, AL 36849-5122. Contents 2016 by the Auburn University Graduate School, all rights reserved.


Message from the Dean

Dr. George Flowers As I write this message, I can’t help but feel an overwhelming sense of optimism and pride regarding the future of graduate education at Auburn University. As one of the nation’s top research institutions, Auburn has always been a coveted location for students to embark on their road to a graduate education. Over the past year, though, we have made substantial progress in adding even more value to a graduate degree from Auburn University. Last year, the Graduate School added a new director of professional development position. Dale Watson, Auburn’s longtime director of aviation education, has joined the Graduate School team in this capacity and is already proving his worth as a valuable resource for our graduate students. His role is to identify areas of need in professional development, create new programs and courses to aid professional development, and utilize existing resources to best prepare graduate students for life after Auburn. Dale’s efforts and leadership in this area clearly demonstrates our commitment to and concern for graduate student professional preparation and success. In this edition of the Graduate School Magazine, you will read about several outstanding graduate students and alumni who are making the world a better place. Esther Ngumbi, a doctoral graduate in entomology, is already making her mark on this world, establishing a library and school in her home country of Kenya and becoming an ardent advocate for ending world hunger. You will also read about master’s student Brook Ladner, who is conducting research that will help event planners while she is honing her craft working at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center. Finally, Manuel Escobar, a student in the Master of Science in Nursing program, shares his passion for helping others that motivates his desire to become a nurse practitioner. If you are a prospective student, we hope you see why Auburn is the ideal place for you to take your education or career to the next level. For our alumni and friends, we appreciate your generous support of the Graduate School. Without your help, we could not do all that we do to help nurture inquisitive young scholars on their pathway to becoming tomorrow’s leaders.

George Flowers Dean of the Graduate School

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THIS IS AN INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVE. This is Mohammad Sami Samim, a master’s student from Afghanistan who is studying agricultural business and economics. He came to Auburn through the Fulbright Foreign Student Program, which allows graduate students, young professionals, and artists from more than 155 countries to study and conduct research in the United States.

Top Rankings

Besides acquiring quality education here at Auburn, I also benefit from the social interaction with both the local community and international students. The Fulbright program has enabled me to be more of a cultural ambassador for my home country in the United States. By telling the stories about the beauties of my country and the people, I was able to familiarize my American friends with the true face of Afghanistan — the peace-loving face — the one you don't see on TV. On the other hand, the highly democratic U.S. environment — both social and political — has transformed me into a powerful and active advocate for positive change in my country.

THIS IS AUBURN.

Auburn is among a distinctive body of institutions designated as land-, sea-, and space-grant universities and receives many accolades from accrediting agencies and ranking publications. • Auburn has been ranked in the top 50 public universities for 23 consecutive years by U.S. News & World Report. • The 2016 U.S. News & World Report Best Online Programs rankings featured Auburn’s online graduate programs in business (7th), education (7th), MBA (10th), computer information technology (16th), and engineering (27th). • Kiplinger's listed Auburn as one of the top “100 Best Values in Public Colleges” for 2016. • Auburn was included in the Princeton Review's “Best 380 Colleges,” 2016 edition. • Auburn was ranked in the top third of Forbes' 2016 list of America's best colleges. • In 2016, Auburn was ranked the top public university in Alabama and #53 nationally by The Business Journals. • In 2016, TheBestSchools.org ranked Auburn #1 in “The 100 Best College and Universities in the U.S. by State.” • Auburn ranked 8th in public colleges with high student satisfaction by BestColleges.com, 2016. • Auburn has earned the Tree Campus USA designation from the Arbor Day Foundation for seven consecutive years. • A comprehensive list is available at auburn.edu/rankings. 5


Campus Snapshot Ross Hall

Ross Hall, known for its iconic cupola that adorns the top of the building, is the home of the Department of Chemical Engineering at Auburn University. Built in 1930, the building is named for Bennett Battle Ross, a leading professor, dean, and acting president of Auburn in the early 20th century.

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Fighting Disease

Project ALIAS Gives Auburn Researchers New Tools By Zack Padgett

Auburn University researchers are looking at diseases that affect animals and people in a new way because of the university’s state-of-the-art Project ALIAS. 8


ALIAS, or the Auburn Laboratory for Imaging Animal Systems, is an interdisciplinary research resource for life scientists seeking to apply state-of-theart optical imaging tools to understand and develop treatments for progressive diseases such as cancer. Housed in the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM), Project ALIAS is directed by Peter Panizzi, an associate professor in the Harrison School of Pharmacy who also holds an adjunct appointment in the CVM. Researchers and their students from across Auburn University use the ALIAS lab for their research. ALIAS provides researchers with a powerful new window into the world of disease and, by consequence, new perspectives on how to develop cures. “What I am particularly interested in, and what everyone around here is getting more interested in, is the ability to use tools available through Project ALIAS to track disease progression over time,” Panizzi said. To better understand disease progression, ALIAS provides several different, noninvasive imaging technologies that can be used to monitor changes in the tissues of living animals at cellular and molecular levels, in real time. This means that the progression of disease can be tracked and measured, and effects of new therapeutic strategies designed to treat diseases and disorders can be evaluated efficiently and effectively. ALIAS technologies advance the ability of investigators to study the biology of disease states in living systems, while reducing potential for experimental error and minimizing the number of animals required to conduct important, life-saving research. Complementary technologies available in ALIAS, including multispectral imaging and laser microdissection, allow investigators to pursue more detailed studies in excised tissues and cells. One of the latest additions to ALIAS is Multi-Spectral Optoacoustic Tomography or MSOT. Installed last year, the MSOT device is currently one of only seven in North America and is a hybrid technology providing both structural and functional information deep within the animal

being imaged. MSOT technology is being used at Auburn by cancer researchers to find better ways to detect primary and metastatic tumors, to assess tumor burden, and to develop new treatment strategies. MSOT allows researchers to look at tumors and tissues associated with disease in small animals, such as mice, and construct dynamic, quantitative 3-D models of such disease states. “In ALIAS, you can go in there and get a picture of a tumor. You can go back each day and measure changes in the size of that tumor,” said Skip Bartol, professor and associate dean for research and graduate studies in the College of Veterinary Medicine. “You can follow real events in gene expression, or other biochemical aspects, of what is happening in the tissue of interest or the tumor of interest.” Other Auburn projects utilizing MSOT include the development of new agents that would allow for the specific detection of certain dangerous pathogens in the body and understanding hostpathogen response as it happens for the first time. Auburn researchers are finding new ways to implement this cutting-edge technology bringing them to the leading edge of this pre-clinical imaging field. The interdisciplinary nature of work performed in the ALIAS facility made its home in the College of Veterinary Medicine a natural fit. Animal care and veterinary expertise, essential to the operation of ALIAS, is provided by the Division of Laboratory Animal Health. All work involving animals at Auburn University is conducted only after review and approval by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) as required by the federal Animal Welfare Act. With demand increasing and new applications for ALIAS technologies being developed, the laboratory will soon undergo significant expansion and renovation, slated for completion in the fall of 2016. The lab is open to all faculty and graduate student researchers interested in optical imaging of living systems. For more information, visit www.vetmed.auburn.edu/research/alias. 9


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Researcher, Food Security Advocate

Making a Difference in Africa and Beyond By Brianna Champion

Imagine yourself in Africa, standing alongside a Kenyan farmer during harvesting season. The sun beats heavy on the farmer’s back. He scans carefully for any sign of hope among his crop. What insects haven’t destroyed, the sun has scorched. How many must go hungry because of this loss? This is a problem that plagues people from all over the world. But could there be a solution to protect his crops so his family and many others don’t go hungry? One such solution was discovered within the soil by Esther Ngumbi, a food security advocate and a postdoctoral researcher in Auburn University’s College of Agriculture. 11


During her time as a doctoral student, Ngumbi discovered that microscopic bacteria living in the soil (soil microbes) can change the chemistry of a plant so that it repels insects. Her research led to a U.S. patent and to companies pursuing rights to create commercialized products. She didn’t stop there. “As a continuation of my work with the bacteria, we realized these bacteria have so many other uses, so now I’m looking into how they can help crops tolerate drought,” says Ngumbi, who earned her doctorate in

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entomology from Auburn in 2011. “Some of the microbes can help plants tolerate the stress. The difference is tremendous!” But her work goes far beyond her research. She is a Food Security Fellow with New Voices and The Aspen Institute, and she has also served as a Clinton Global University Initiative (CGIU) mentor for agriculture. Additionally, she has been involved in Universities Fighting World Hunger. Born and raised in Mabafweni, Kenya, Ngumbi experienced harsh living conditions. She grew up going to the farm every day, walking to and from

school. She is the only woman from her community to earn a doctorate. “I always talk about how we would go with our parents to collect their salaries,” she says. “I looked at the people who would go into the bank and thought they dressed so elegantly. They were in an air-conditioned room, and I wanted to be just like that. I wanted a better life.” Ngumbi said her dreams of being an accountant were finished the moment she discovered science at the university. After completing her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Kenya, a friend convinced her to pursue a doctoral degree in the US at Auburn University. With the help of associate professor and integrated pest management specialist Henry Fadamiro, Ngumbi discovered ways to help farmers protect their crops. Ngumbi’s resourcefulness and innovative thinking drive her to search for solutions to problems like world hunger and poverty. Ngumbi says she believes education is the answer, and she hopes to provide other children from her country the same kind of opportunities she has experienced. In addition to her research on crops, Ngumbi pours most of her time and energy into the development of a


The school is what keeps me up at night. I have

a personal love for Africa. I hope that all the research I do here in Auburn will feed into my native country and

into African life. For me, everything I learn and that I’m engaged in is all about giving back. Esther Ngumbi

Food Security Advocate Postdoctoral Researcher in Auburn University’s College of Agriculture

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school she and her parents pioneered in Kenya called Faulu Academy. “Faulu” means success in Swahili. Ngumbi speaks nationally at events and conferences to share about her work in entomology and about Faulu Academy. “The school is what keeps me up at night,” she says. “I have a personal love for Africa. I hope that all the research I do here in Auburn will feed into my native country and into African life. For me, everything I learn and that I’m engaged in is all about giving back.” Faulu Academy, originally built from mud, now educates 94 students from elementary to grade seven. Ngumbi says her parents informed her there may be 26 new students soon. The school has grown from one building to a compound, and she plans to continue expanding. She hopes to gain more support so more students can attend the school and experience a 21st century learning environment. “There’s a picture that always comes to me,” she says. “I went home in 2015 and we were opening the library. We had students from our school in there and

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then students from the neighborhood standing outside the windows. They’re looking in the windows and they want to come in and I can’t let them. I don’t want that situation. I want everyone who wants to learn to be accepted.” Ngumbi commends the Auburn Family for their support and participation. Former Miss Auburn Tara Jones helped collect money from the Auburn community to build a well for Faulu Academy. Additionally, The Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Institute donated six iPads for the school’s use. Ngumbi says she dreams Faulu Academy will one day be an institution like Auburn, and she believes Auburn has the resources to help build the next portion of the school, a science lab. She hopes the lab will give students the opportunity to fall in love with science the same way she did when she was at the university. Ngumbi reiterates that her life is truly dedicated to giving back and investing in others. She feels there is poverty all around, but she dreams of a world that

doesn’t look as bleak in the next 10 years. Because of what education has done for her, she hopes to instill its importance in the young minds at her school. “I tell the students at Faulu Academy that even if they don’t get a PhD like me and they choose to be a farmer, an educated farmer will always be better than a non-educated farmer,” she says. “You can never compare.” Her message is simple: Education is an extremely valuable tool, and she envisions a world where everyone is provided an opportunity to take flight. For graduate students, she reminds us that education is one of the most important assets that can sometimes be taken for granted throughout the journey. “Treasure and value the privilege you are given,” she says. “If you are here in Auburn, you are really privileged. You are in the top 2 percent of the world. Use it and get the most out of the opportunity to have an education. There is somebody who wants to get that, but they can’t. They didn’t get to choose where they were born.”


Navigating the Skies and the Nursing Field with Ease By Zack Padgett

The whir of the drone buzzes louder as it slices through the air overhead. Four rotors pitch and yaw as the drone soars through the soft blue sky while its director, Manuel Escobar, pokes and prods the controller to do his bidding. The video screen on the controller shows splendid real-time footage from a rotatable camera mounted on the underside of the sleek white and black drone. About the size of a large shoebox, the drone banks down and hovers in front of its remote pilot before lifting back up to survey the crisp grass field over which it flies.

Escobar expertly navigates the drone through the air, showing off aerobatic stunts and capturing high-definition video. The drone has no problem handling the difficult turns that Escobar gives the controller, with both machine and operator making aerial flight and recording look easy. Truth be told, unmanned aerial flight isn’t the only thing that Escobar makes look easy. With the same ease with which he navigates the airways, Escobar successfully juggles his duties as a husband and father while working full time as a nurse and completing the final year of his graduate studies to become a nurse practitioner.

The nurse practitioner program is a joint Master of Science degree between Auburn University and Auburn University at Montgomery. The graduate program accepts students who have a bachelor’s degree in nursing who want to further their education and move into advanced roles in healthcare. Born and raised in Colombia, Escobar also lived briefly in Saudi Arabia and Brazil before moving to Montgomery, Alabama, to live with his aunt when he was a teenager. After graduating from high school in Montgomery, Escobar went to college at AUM and immediately found his niche in nursing.

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Nursing school got me really interested in the heart. I wanted to be able to focus less on quantity of patients, but be more focused on those patients. That is what you do in critical care.

Manuel Escobar

Master's student in the School of Nursing

“Family to me is really important. Pretty much everything I do is for them or with them,” he says. He met his wife, Tammy, in 2003 at AUM while they were both working on their bachelor’s degrees. After graduating, the two married in 2008. Since then, they have had three little girls – Emma, Sofia, and

“I knew I wanted to do something to help people, and nursing just fit,” Escobar says. “I was here and wanted to stay at AUM. I needed something that would let me remain at AUM and could help me get employed after college. There is a lot of opportunity in nursing.” Escobar started working at Baptist South Hospital in the cardiovascular intensive care unit after receiving his bachelor’s degree. Following that, he worked at Jackson Hospital in the same unit. “Nursing school got me really interested in the heart,” he says. “I wanted to be able to focus less on quantity of patients, but be more focused on those patients. That is what you do in critical care. We normally have only two patients, but we know everything about these patients.” However, after working several years in

“I looked for the next step, and the program was a really good match,” Escobar says. “It incorporated a lot of what I already knew as far as the medications and assessment skills, that is very similar, but what changes is now I get more into diagnosing, treating, and prescribing medicine. I have seen it from the nursing side, but now I get to experience it from the advanced practice nurse side.” Escobar started the program part time, but in his last year of studies he began attending classes full time. Despite now being a full-time student, he still works at Jackson Hospital full time on the weekends, pulling 12-hour shifts on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. All of this is in conjunction with doing clinicals for the master’s program on Tuesdays and Thursdays. He thinks all of the work is worth it because of how much

Evelyn. Everything is a balancing act. “The reason I can do what I can do right now is because of Tammy. She is handling the house and the kids. It is good teamwork we’ve got going on right now,” he says with a gentle laugh. When Escobar is not working, attending class, or spending time with family, he can be found flying his aerial drones. He recently received a license that allows him to record video from his drones for commercial use. He operates a side business recording aerial video from his drones, capturing breathtaking views of Alabama scenery. On top of that, he manages to tee up at the golf course and squeeze a little fishing in. Escobar is entering the last year of the master’s program in nursing. After completing the program, he plans to go back into the workforce full time as a nurse

the ICU, he started to think about a change of pace. “I had been wanting to go back to school for a while. Life just happens though, but what really got me to go back was I just felt kind of stuck,” Escobar says. “I got to the point where I had to figure out if I really wanted to keep doing this for the next 20 or 30 years. I did not see it, so I asked myself what was the next step?” For Escobar, the next step is advancing from a nurse to a nurse practitioner. A nurse practitioner is qualified to treat patients autonomously in collaboration with a physician.

the program will help him in the future. “AUM has an awesome nursing program; it is top notch. The Auburn master’s family nurse practitioner program is just as good. The professors at this level have a lot of experience, so it is not just the academia part of it, but they can relate with being out in the real world,” Escobar says. “I left nursing here, and I felt prepared to go into my nursing role at the hospital. Now I am going into the nurse practitioner program, and I am learning what I need to know.” It may seem like nursing consumes Escobar’s life, but he manages to find time for other things close to his heart.

practitioner. “If I had the choice, I would like to go into primary care. It just depends on what options are available when I graduate,” he says. “I just started primary care clinical rotations, and I am really enjoying it. “I enjoy treating these illnesses,” Escobar says. “A lot of them are chronic and need monitoring. There are also acute illnesses, like the common cold. I enjoy the teaching part of it. My background helps a lot, and I’ve seen these things at the worst possible level.” MORE INFORMATION: auburn.edu/nursing aub.ie/escobarvideography

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Master’s Student Finds Her Niche in Meeting and Event Planning By Brianna Champion

The life of a meeting and event planner is filled with impromptu requests and lastminute changes. “The client needs 50 plates of food ordered instead of 40. Can you make it happen?” “The bride and groom would like a puzzle displayed at their wedding reception. Can you

“There were close to 3 billion meetings and events that took place in the US alone last year,” she says. “It’s a huge industry, and it’s growing. The job growth for event planning is expected to jump up to 33 percent by 2022. There is not an abundance of research that has been done

put it together in 30 minutes?” The field is a perfect fit for individuals who handle changing circumstances well. Brook Ladner is a prime candidate for success in the industry. Ladner is pursuing her master’s degree in nutrition with a focus in hotel and restaurant management. She is on her way to becoming a meeting and event planner. A native of Opp, Alabama, she began her career in event planning as a florist at a flower and gift shop. She assisted her boss at small events and bridal showers where she was exposed to the event-planning industry. She describes the job as great preparation for her field, and she emphasizes that the skills she learned as a florist are still useful now. Fast forward four years. Ladner now works part time as a banquet captain for The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center, where she is responsible for directly supervising and planning a variety of events, such as meetings, conferences, and weddings. These events can sometimes have more than 700 guests in attendance. As captain, she oversees a team of 30 to 40 banquet servers

in this area, so with this much growth, it needs to be focused on.” Ladner’s research focuses on meeting planner behavior. She aims to optimize the meeting planner’s experience by investigating how elements of event spaces affect the planner’s behavior and process. She is incorporating environmental psychology to assist in her study. “My actual interest in this subject stemmed from my job,” Ladner says. “We do meeting planner surveys for every meeting planner that comes in, and every month we combine all of our data to look at what we are doing really well and what needs improvement. Consistently one of the things that needs improvement is the event room environment. I started looking into environmental psychology and thought it was fascinating that your environment can have such a huge impact on your perception.” Ladner stresses that some large events can take up to an entire year to plan. She says that planners can be in a space for hours at a time during the planning process, and she

and housemen. Working at the hotel sparked Ladner’s interest in her graduate research. Her thesis is focused on enhancing the effectiveness of special events management.

hypothesizes that the environment plays a significant role in the planner’s ability to plan and execute the event well. Additionally, Ladner recognizes the implications technology has in the event-planning industry today. With

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The bride and groom

would like a puzzle displayed at their wedding reception. Can you put it together in 30 minutes?

many planners transitioning to meetings online or to large-scale, one-way communication events like TED Talks, she knows there is much research needed to map out the online landscape of meeting environments. “Technology has become a bigger and bigger part of all this,” she says. “Traditionally, you had events that were face-to-face, but now you have virtual meetings where you can be talking to people in Japan or across the world while you are sharing knowledge or going online. I want to find different experimental designs that can be applied to physical and online environments.” Ladner is committed to furthering her knowledge and advancing the industry through research. She completed her Bachelor of Science

summa cum laude in hotel and restaurant management in December 2014 before deciding to


I definitely want to

get my PhD so I can teach. That’s something I want to do in the future, but I want to first make sure I have all the knowledge and experience that I can so I can share it with my future students. In the meantime, I’ve seen that

The client needs 50 plates

of food ordered instead of 40. Can you make it happen?

my hard work has paid off. I’m an Auburn graduate, and that’s an awesome feeling. It’s inspiring and motivational,

and it’s unbelievable to know people believe in me. Brook Ladner

Banquet Captain, The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center; Pursuing master's degree in nutrition with a focus in hotel and restaurant management

continue her education at the graduate level. She consistently looks for opportunities to get hands-on experience in the field. In addition to working as banquet captain and completing her graduate studies, Ladner also serves as a graduate assistant for the College of Human Sciences, where she helps plan and organize events for the college. She is a recipient of the 2016 Outstanding Master’s Student award, given by the Graduate School. Ladner was also nominated as Supervisor of the Year in 2015 by her peers for Auburn University’s Career Center Employee of the Year Awards. Her nomination for Supervisor of the Year is a cherished moment for Ladner. She initially

directly to banquet captain, skipping an intermediate step of training. “That was a hard transition for me,” she remembers. “I wanted to make it as seamless as possible so I worked really hard for the respect of my peers. When I was nominated for Supervisor of the Year, that was a huge accomplishment in my eyes because I didn’t go through the ladder like I was supposed to, and I faced a lot of challenges. It was a journey, and I definitely feel like I am where I should be right now.” With her numerous activities, it might be easy to think Ladner might be overwhelmed. Though she recognizes the battle between balancing work, school, and a social life is

of Human Sciences is one of Auburn’s smaller colleges, Ladner has close relationships with her professors and even Associate Dean Susan Hubbard. She views her professors as great resources who approach her with challenges and suggestions for furthering her research. Ladner may become one of those professors in the future after working in the industry to gain more experience. “I definitely want to get my PhD so I can teach,” she says. “That’s something I want to do in the future, but I want to first make sure I have all the knowledge and experience that I can so I can share it with my future students. In the meantime, I’ve seen that my hard work has paid off. I’m an Auburn graduate, and

started working at the hotel as a banquet server. After two years of serving, she was promoted

ongoing, she stresses that she feels immensely supported by her college. Because the College

that’s an awesome feeling. It’s inspiring and motivational, and it’s unbelievable to know people believe in me.”

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ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT

Alfred Davis Sr. ’87

Making a Difference in Public Service Q: Why did you choose to go into public administration?

Since 1870, Auburn University has awarded more than 46,000 graduate degrees. Our graduates are prepared to assume roles as leaders and innovators in academia, industry, and the public sector. Alfred Davis Sr., executive director of the East Alabama Workforce Investment Network (EAWIN), is a shining example of that. Davis graduated from Auburn University at Montgomery with a bachelor’s degree in English (1982) and from Auburn University with a Master of Public Administration degree (1987). Even before his time at EAWIN, Davis held leadership positions in many areas of the public sector. He previously served as city manager for Tuskegee, Alabama, executive director of the Tuskegee-Macon County Head Start program, and vice chairman of the Macon County Economic Development Authority. He also has overseen departments of solid waste and environmental services for cities in Alabama and North Carolina, and worked for the Environmental Protection Agency.

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A: As a public administrator in government, nonprofits, private business, consulting, or education, I could tackle the challenging issues that define the public agenda. I wanted to help transform local communities or, perhaps, even the country, into a better and more pleasant place to live. I understood the issues dealt with would be challenging and complex, and no one person could solve them. However, I felt my contribution could truly make a difference in improving the lives of others.

Q: What do you do in your dayto-day activities as executive director of the East Alabama Workforce Investment Network? A: EAWIN is one of Alabama’s Regional Workforce Councils. I am responsible for the day-to-day operation of the organization, including working with all of EAWIN’s member counties, which will increase to 13 counties in Central Alabama on October 1, 2016. In addition, I am responsible for establishing and executing goals and objectives, implementing policies established by the Regional Workforce Council, evaluating the effectiveness of all EAWIN operations, and representing the organization to regulatory bodies, other agencies, community and civic organizations, donors, funders and supporters, and the public.

sustainability plan, and (3) investing in content marketing, web design and other technology services, utilizing in-kind service when available.

Q: How did your graduate education at Auburn University help prepare you for this job? A: My graduate work taught me how government works, how to develop policy, conduct research, and analyze data. In addition, I was able to hone my writing, communications, and computer skills. The courses offered in my graduate program prepared me to think critically and independently, with tolerance for others, and a concern for integrating best practices into new ideas and proposals for the organizations that I have served.

Q: Why should today’s students consider earning a graduate degree, especially from Auburn? A: While holding a graduate degree is not a guarantee of ultimate success, it can open doors to many employment opportunities. This is especially true if you earned a graduate degree from Auburn, which is consistently ranked among the top 50 public universities in the US. Unquestionably, an advanced degree from Auburn makes a difference on a résumé and helps you stand out among the crowd. Earning a graduate degree is evidence to many prospective employers that you have persistence, determination, intellectual skills, and the ability to handle challenging and complex situations. These are key qualities for individuals pursuing manager and director positions.

Q: What are some of your biggest challenges in this role, and Q: What are some of your how do you overcome them? favorite memories of Auburn? A: Like many organizations, budget constraints, creating a sustainability model, and technology are some of my biggest challenges. To help overcome these challenges, we have employed a three-prong approach: (1) developing strong industry and business partnerships, (2) developing a three-year

A: The human touch is the hallmark of my memories of Auburn University. The demanding but caring professor in the political science department, the smiles received from students on your way to class, the love of my Alpha brothers, and tailgating with friends and family on game day are what make Auburn the special place that it is.


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General Admission Requirements ŠŠ Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university ŠŠ Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework from each school previously attended ŠŠ GRE or GMAT (if required by program of interest) ŠŠ Complete the online application. ŠŠ Application fee: $60 for domestic students, $70 for international students ŠŠ Three letters of recommendation (to be sent to your department)

Graduate Education: A Wise Investment An Auburn University graduate degree can help you achieve your goals for the future. Alumni with a graduate degree stand out to potential employers and exhibit the advantage of a global education. Nationally, the projected number of job openings increases with the level of education, as does the level of potential earnings. In the state of Alabama, where many graduates choose to remain after graduation, the projected earnings reflect the national forecasts. 22

Additional Requirements for International Students ŠŠ TOEFL Scores: 550 on the paper TOEFL (pBT), 213 on the computer TOEFL (cBT), and 79 on the internet TOEFL (iBT)–minimum of 16 in each section, or a 6.5 Overall Band Score on the IELTS ŠŠ Proof of ability to finance graduate studies, if accepted All documents and fees should be submitted at least 45 days (domestic students) or 90 days (international students) prior to the desired date of enrollment.

Resources for International Students ŠŠ Office of International Programs International Orientation Document processing ŠŠ International Student English Center ŠŠ Free English language tutoring for enrolled international students ŠŠ International Student Organizations ŠŠ Social support ŠŠ Airport pickup for new students

Apply Online at grad.auburn.edu Admissions to any graduate degree program is granted by the dean of the Graduate School upon the recommendation of the department of proposed study. Deadlines are listed in the Auburn University Bulletin (www.auburn. edu/bulletin). However, most academic units make admission decisions several months in advance. Thus, applicants should check with the department to which they seek admission to determine when materials should be submitted.

Contact Us Auburn University Graduate School 106 Hargis Hall Auburn, AL 36849-5122 Phone: 334-844-4700 Fax: 334-844-4348 E-mail: gradadm@auburn.edu


THIS IS COMPASSIONATE OUTREACH. This is Callie Henley, a student in Auburn’s Doctor of Audiology program. Since 2009, teams of students like Callie have traveled to Guatemala City, Guatemala, to provide audiological services for children there. They perform hearing tests, remove ear wax, create custom ear molds, and provide new hearing aids for children that need them.

The Auburn Audiology Outreach in Guatemala trip provided me with an opportunity to encounter, firsthand, the impact that the gift of hearing has on the lives of children and their families. I was able to combine the knowledge and skills learned in the classroom with invaluable interactions as so many children were given a chance to fully experience the world around them. This trip encompassed what I love most about the field of audiology – the ability to serve and provide hearing health care to those who would not otherwise have access.

THIS IS AUBURN.

New Horizons Lecture Army Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, former commander of U.S. Central Command and an Auburn University graduate with a master’s degree in counselor education, delivered the Graduate School's 2016 New Horizons Lecture on March 21. Established in 2009, the lecture series aims to promote the exchange of ideas among students, faculty, and the greater Auburn community through interaction with engaging speakers whose ideas and deeds have inspired others.

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PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS

Areas of Study College of Agriculture

Samuel Ginn College of Engineering

School of Nursing

Agricultural Economics (Interdepartmental)

Aerospace Engineering

Agronomy and Soils

Biosystems Engineering (Interdepartmental)

Nursing (Nurse Educator and Primary Care Practitioner options)

Animal Sciences

Chemical Engineering

Harrison School of Pharmacy

Applied Economics (Interdepartmental)

Civil Engineering

Pharmaceutical Sciences

Biosystems Engineering (Interdepartmental)

Computer Science and Software Engineering

Entomology

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures

Industrial and Systems Engineering

Food Science

Materials Engineering

Horticulture

Mechanical Engineering

Plant Pathology

Polymer and Fiber Engineering

Poultry Science

School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences

Rural Sociology (Interdepartmental)

College of Architecture, Design and Construction

Applied Economics (Interdepartmental)

Building Construction

Natural Resources

Community Planning

Wildlife Sciences

Integrated Design and Construction

College of Human Sciences

Industrial Design Landscape Architecture Real Estate Development (Interdepartmental)

Raymond J. Harbert College of Business Accountancy Business Administration (with Executive and Physicians MBA options)

Forestry

Consumer and Design Sciences Human Development and Family Studies Marriage and Family Therapy Nutrition

College of Liberal Arts Applied Economics (Interdepartmental) Audiology

Management

Clinical Psychology

Management Information Systems

Communication

Real Estate Development (Interdepartmental)

Communication Disorders

Curriculum and Teaching Educational Foundations, Leadership, and Technology

Economics English History Psychology

Kinesiology

Public Administration

Special Education, Rehabilitation, and Counseling/School Psychology

Rural Sociology (Interdepartmental)

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College of Sciences and Mathematics Biological Sciences Chemistry Geography Geology Mathematics Physics Statistics

College of Veterinary Medicine Biomedical Sciences *Professional program also available

Hotel and Restaurant Management

Finance

College of Education

*Professional program also available

Public Administration and Public Policy Sociology Spanish Technical and Professional Communication

For an extensive list of specific programs or program advisor contact information, please scan the QR code or visit the Graduate School website at grad.auburn.edu.


Distance Education Auburn University is committed to addressing the needs of the modern student. The educational opportunities you will find through the Distance Education program meet the same exacting standards as do on-campus offerings. Courses are carefully designed by Auburn faculty with the aid of distance education professionals who assist in the development of instructional materials, academic resources, technical support systems, telecommunications, and student services. In addition to the opportunities listed below, numerous Independent Learning and Professional Development courses are offered through Distance Education. Auburn offers nearly 50 distance learning programs, with many consistently ranked in the top 10 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. Distance learning programs are offered in these colleges: • College of Agriculture • College of Architecture, Design and Construction • Raymond J. Harbert College of Business • College of Education • Samuel Ginn College of Engineering • College of Human Sciences

Tips For Applying To Graduate School Letters of Recommendation ŠŠ Select writers who know you well, who can comment on your potential as a researcher and a scholar. ŠŠ Choose writers who can also speak to your goals, your motivation, and your commitment to graduate study. ŠŠ Even better, if possible, select individuals who are known to the people at the institution where you are applying.

Personal Statements ŠŠ Convince your audience that you have what it takes to succeed in graduate school. ŠŠ Provide evidence that you are motivated and eager to learn. ŠŠ Show that you are familiar with the program to which you are applying and that you are a good fit. ŠŠ Proofread: typographical errors and grammatical mistakes can undermine your best efforts.

auburn.edu/online

General Advice ŠŠ Take the GRE early, in case you want to take it again. ŠŠ If possible, gain undergraduate research experience. ŠŠ Apply as early as possible, and confirm your department’s priority deadline.

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PROGRAM HIGHLIGHT

Graduate Certificates Auburn University offers a variety of graduate certificates for working professionals who want to enrich their personal knowledge, educators who aim to enhance their teaching credentials, as well as students considering the possibility of a graduate degree. Graduate certificate programs consist of a minimum of nine and a maximum of 21 hours of graduate-level course work. Auburn offers certificates for the following programs:

The Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's program offers outstanding Auburn students the opportunity to earn both the bachelor’s and the master’s degrees in less time and at less cost than usual. It does so by allowing these exceptional students to count up to nine hours (in a 30-hour master’s program) or 12 hours (in a 36-hour master’s program) to count toward both degrees.

• Accountancy • Adult Education • Adult Education and English Language Teaching • Archival Studies • Automotive Manufacturing Systems • Brewing Sciences • Business Analytics • College/University Teaching • Communication • Community Music • Construction Management • Construction Management, Executive Integrated Processes Certificate • Construction Management, Executive Technical Certificate • Educational Leadership • Elections Administration • Extension Educator • Information Systems Management • Instructional Leadership • Instructional Technology for Distance Education • Intervention for Students with Autism and Developmental Disabilities • Medicinal Chemistry • Movement Skills Analysis • Non-profit Organizations and Community Governance • Nursing Education • Occupational Safety and Ergonomics • Program Evaluation • Public History • Public Horticulture • Reading Instruction • Rehabilitation Leadership and Management • Teaching English as a Second Language/Foreign Language • Technical Communication

• Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology

• Transition Specialist To learn more about Auburn’s certificate programs, visit grad.auburn.edu/certificates.

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ABM program

Current ABM programs • Agronomy and Soils • Biosystems Engineering • Community Planning • Consumer and Design Sciences • Fisheries • Geography • Horticulture • Industrial and Systems Engineering • Materials Engineering • Nutrition, Dietetics • Nutrition, Hotel Restaurant Management emphasis • Physics • Poultry Science • Public Administration Other programs are currently under development. grad.auburn.edu/abm


PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS

Estimated Cost of Attendance 2016-17 Academic Year - Fall & Spring Semesters

Room/board, books/supplies, personal, and transportation amounts from this expense budget are estimates. These amounts will vary depending on where you live and your personal spending habits.

AL Resident

Non-Resident

Tuition & Fees

$10,696

$28,840

Room & Board

$12,898

$12,898

Books & Supplies

$1,200

$1,200

Personal

$2,766

$2,766

Transportation

$2,898

$2,898

TOTAL COST

$30,458.00

$48,602.00

(9 hours)

(9 hours)

Fees Student Services Fee

$812

Auditing Fee

$504 (resident) $1,512 (non-resident)

GRA/GTA Enrollment Fee

$580

International Student Fee

$130

Raymond J. Harbert College of Business Fee

$200 per credit hour

Professional Tuition & Fees AL Resident

Non-Resident

Architecture

$15,016

$33,160

Pharmacy

$21,262

$39,406

Veterinary Medicine

$18,696

$44,840

(9 hours)

(9 hours)

Professional Books & Supplies Architecture

$5,150

Pharmacy

$4,040

Veterinary Medicine

$3,329

There are no additional charges for credit hours above nine for graduate students. For more information, visit grad.auburn.edu/tuition.

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THIS IS AUBURN. For southern charm with collegiate vigor, consider Auburn. This diamond on the eastern Alabama plains has a population of just under 58,000 and is home to Auburn University. On football Saturdays, when die-hard fans arrive in droves to cheer their beloved Tigers, Auburn swells to the state’s fifth-mostpopulous city. And as Auburn’s largest employer, the university also plays a starring role in the local economy. With mild winters and hot summers, the city offers no shortage of outdoor recreation opportunities. Find a nice hiking trail in the 696-acre Chewacla State Park before cooling off with an afternoon swim. Take a stroll through the Donald E. Davis Arboretum, located on the Auburn University campus. Golfers can head to nearby Grand National golf course and wend their way through the state along the beautiful Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. “Once you have been there, you just want to come back,” says John Cannon, president of SunBelt Golf Corp., which manages the trail.* *Source: Best Places to Live 2009 by Luke Mullins, U.S. News & World Report, June 8, 2009

BEST PLACES TO LIVE (U.S. News & World Report)

Enjoy a lemonade at Toomer’s Drugstore in downtown Auburn.

ONE OF THE

SOUTH'S

BEST

COLLEGE TOWNS (Southern Living)

Grand National, Auburn/Opelika Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail in Alabama, Host of the PGA Tour’s Barbasol Championship rtjgolf.com/grandnational/

rd BEST 3 TOWN TO RAISE A FAMILY

IN THE U.S. (Niche)

Jordan-Hare Stadium, home of the Auburn Tigers, currently seats 87,451.

AUBURN

LOCATED IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA 1½ hours to Atlanta, GA 2 hours to Birmingham, AL 5 hours to New Orleans, LA 5 hours to Charlotte, NC 5 hours to Nashville, TN 7½ hours to Orlando, FL

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Chewacla State Park’s 696 scenic acres offer plenty of rest, relaxation, and recreation such as biking and hiking. alapark.com/chewacla

NASHVILLE CHARLOTTE BIRMINGHAM

ATLANTA CHARLESTON

JACKSON

NEW ORLEANS

MOBILE

ORLANDO


GRADUATE EDUCATION IS A WISE INVESTMENT

Having an Advanced Degree Means Higher Pay and Prosperity Average Annual Earnings of Adults 25 or Older in the United States during 2013 All

$50,300 $140,400

Professional degree Doctoral degree

$113,400

Master’s degree

$76,600 $62,000

Bachelor’s degree Associate’s degree

$43,100

Some college, no degree

$40,400

High school diploma or GED

$35,300

Some high school, no diploma

$27,500

Less than 9th grade

$24,300 SREB Factbook 2015, p. 69

Holders of Advanced Degrees will be in High Demand in the Next 5 Years Projected Increase of Job Openings by Education or Training in the United States from 2012 until 2020 Total

11%

(5.1 million annual openings)

Master's degree

18% (95,000 annual openings)

Associate's degree

18% (227,000 annual openings)

Doctoral or professional degree

16% (143,000 annual openings)

Postsecondary vocational certificate

16% (307,000 annual openings)

Bachelor’s degree Some college, no degree Less than high school High School diploma or equivalent

12% (862,000 annual openings) 11% (64,000 annual openings) 11% (1.6 million annual openings) 8% (1.8 million annual openings)

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Experience Auburn! The Auburn InterConnect program fosters cross-cultural relationships between members of the community and international students and scholars. The goal is to encourage local residents, faculty, and staff to invite

graduate.auburn.edu/interconnect

international guests to join them in all kinds of local events, ranging from outdoor activities to visits to historical sites, volunteer projects, museums, movies, bowling, and more.

THIS IS SUCCESS AFTER GRADUATION. This is Nidhi Sehgal. She served as the president of the Graduate Student Council while at Auburn and earned her doctorate in mathematics in 2012. Since graduating, she has worked as a senior data scientist at Gap Inc., and now works as a staff data scientist at LinkedIn.

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During my time at Auburn, not only did I gain rigorous

mathematical training, but I also got various opportunities to hone my leadership skills. Auburn taught me to dream big and work hard to achieve those dreams. And at the same time it taught me to stay grounded and give back as much as I get from society. Every time

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I visit Auburn, I feel I have come home. It's that feeling of warmth, love, and support that the Auburn family represents for me.

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This Year in the GSC The Graduate Student Council (GSC) is the only student-led organization representing the entirety of Auburn's graduate student population. The GSC serves as a liaison for graduate students to communicate with university administration and the Student Government Association, as well as provides both social and research showcase opportunities for a diverse graduate student body. The GSC is an advocate for graduate students on multiple issues, including health insurance, housing, and funding for academic-related travel. Last year, the GSC partnered with the Graduate School in bringing the Three-

Tenchi Smith, President Tianqi "Tenchi" Gao Smith is a PhD student in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. Her studies in musculoskeletal disorder prevention are funded by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health. She has served as a Graduate Student Ambassador and a GSC senator since 2013 and served on the executive board of Auburn’s Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. In 2016, Tenchi received the Distinguished Engineering Graduate Student Award and 100 Women Strong Leadership Award. She is an inductee of the national industrial engineering honor society, Alpha Pi Mu, and academic excellence honor society, Phi Kappa Phi. She received a bachelor’s degree in ISE from the University of Southern California in 2010 and MISE from Auburn University in 2015.

Elizabeth Devore, Vice President Elizabeth Devore is a doctoral student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Her research is focused in power systems. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 2013 and will obtain her master’s degree in electrical engineering this December, both from Auburn. She has represented her department as a GSC senator for the past two years and has served as the graduate student representative on the University Writing Committee. As the

Minute Thesis competition to Auburn. In addition, GSC streamlined its constitution and meetings and hosted its first graduate student football tailgate. This year, the GSC hopes to strengthen its bonds among various graduate student organizations to create new opportunities to improve Auburn's graduate student experience and improve communication between the GSC Executive Board and the GSC senators who represent Auburn's various graduate programs. The GSC organizes or assists with a variety of events to engage and entertain graduate students. One of these events is the GSC colloquium series, where students gather to learn about a variety of topics involving campus life or academia over a pizza lunch.

The GSC also helps organize the annual Student Symposium, where all graduate students are invited to present their research by poster or oral exhibition, and are critiqued and scored competitively by faculty judges. At the end of the spring semester, graduate students are honored with a special luncheon and awards ceremony that accompany Graduate Student Appreciation Week events. If you would like more information about joining the GSC, either as a senator or a participant, please contact Brandon Fincher, GSC administrative vice president, at finchrb@auburn.edu. More information can be found at auburn.edu/gsc. Like us on Facebook at facebook.com/AuburnUniversityGSC.

GSC vice president, Elizabeth is committed to supporting university initiatives and being a voice for graduate students at Auburn.

has been actively participating in numerous cultural events in order to promote diversity and tolerance, such as musical performances with the Auburn Cultural Music Society group.

Peter Traverso, Vice President of Student Affairs Peter Traverso is a doctoral student in the Department of Physics investigating magnetically-confined high temperature plasmas on the Compact Toroidal Hybrid (CTH) experiment. His interest in plasma physics started at Columbia University, where he received both his bachelor’s (2010) and master’s (2011) degrees in applied physics. In addition to research, Peter has been an active member of the Graduate Student Council. Since 2013, he has served as a senator for the Department of Physics and co-organized a monthly interdisciplinary colloquium for the College of Sciences and Mathematics.

Vahid Mirkhani, Secretary Vahid Mirkhani is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Physics. His research is focused on characterization of zinc-oxide based thin-film transistors. He attended Sharif University of Technology in Iran, where he received a bachelor’s degree in physics. He continued his studies at Auburn where he completed his master’s degree in physics. As a current physics instructor in Auburn’s EASL classroom, he strives to promote the Active Learning Techniques via interactive methods. A former president of Auburn’s Iranian Student Association, he

Clayton Webb, Treasurer Clayton Webb is a second-year graduate student earning an MBA and Master of Science in Finance from the Harbert College of Business. Hailing from Nashville, he also received a bachelor’s degree in finance from Auburn University in 2015. Clayton has experience working with investments from previous internships in both the United States and China, and he looks to provide strong financial guidance, transparency, and support to the Graduate Student Council over the coming year.

Melisa Martinez, Administrative Vice President Melisa Martinez is a doctoral student in counseling psychology in the Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation, and Counseling. She is a native of Santa Ana, California. Her research interests include spirituality and meaningmaking and how they affect mental and physical health. She is also extremely passionate about advocacy, particularly in getting mental health services to populations who may not have the adequate resources to obtain them. She received a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master’s degree in experimental psychology from St. John’s University in New York. 31


A Guide to Giving

Your loyal and steadfast support makes the most impact. Here's how you can make planned and annual gifts to the Auburn University Foundation, leaving a legacy for the future.

Name the Foundation in Your Will Endow a Fund in Honor of a Loved One Make a Gift of Stock

By Check Payable to "Auburn University Foundation" (ATTN: Melanie Roehm) 106A Hargis Hall Auburn, AL 36849

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Set up an Automatic Recurring Gift to the Graduate School Gift Fund

Give $1,000 in One Fiscal Year to create an Annual Graduate Award

Ask Your Employer About a Matching Gift Program to Double Your Impact

Make Auburn University Foundation Your Life Insurance Beneficiary

Here's How to Give: Securely Online Credit/Debit Charges Visit grad.auburn.edu/give

Call and give with a credit card over the phone. 334-844-8719

Contact Us Email: melanieroehm@auburn.edu Phone: 334-844-8719


THIS IS THE IMPACT OF GIVING.

This is Christopher Wilburn, a doctoral student in kinesiology. He enrolled at Auburn after getting a taste of graduate school life at the Future Scholars Summer Research Bridge Program, an intensive summer academic and research experience for prospective students from underrepresented groups. The program is supported in part by a gift from the Charles Barkley Foundation.

The Summer Bridge Program made an impact with my transition into graduate school by replicating the graduate experience. During the six-week program, the Auburn University School of Kinesiology provided a simulation of a graduate student’s life. I had the ability to obtain the knowledge and experience provided in higher education by sitting in on classes and conducting mock research studies. This simulated experience convinced me that graduate education was the most appropriate decision for me to be successful and set me on the right career track.

THIS IS AUBURN.

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Graduate School Staff

George Flowers

George Crandell

Dean

Associate Dean

Minnie Bryant Receptionist/Admissions Processing gradadm@auburn.edu

Teresa Carden Development Coordinator teresacarden@auburn.edu

Penny Christopher Residency Advisor/ Admissions Processing pzc0003@auburn.edu

Justin Gilbert Residency Advisor/ Admissions Officer gilbeju@auburn.edu

Clint Lovelace Recruiting, Academic Evaluator of Theses and Dissertations jcl0014@auburn.edu

Jennifer Lovelace Domestic Admissions Processing jml0006@auburn.edu

Theresa Morgan Director of Graduate Admissions morgatk@auburn.edu

Sarah Nobles Insurance Coordinator insurance@auburn.edu

Sherry Ray Director of Matriculation (Last names M-Z) raysher@auburn.edu

Julie Reece Executive Assistant/ Business Manager reeceju@auburn.edu

Melanie Roehm Development Officer melanieroehm@auburn.edu

Donna Ryan Matriculation and Program Specialist; Academic Evaluator of Theses dct0002@auburn.edu

Julia Thompson Information Technology Specialist jjt0013@auburn.edu

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Leonard Vining Special Projects Coordinator vininlj@auburn.edu

Dale Watson Director of Professional Development watsofd@auburn.edu


THE AUBURN CREED I believe that this is a practical world and that I can count only on what I earn. Therefore, I believe in work, hard work. I believe in education, which gives me the knowledge to work wisely and trains my mind and my hands to work skillfully. I believe in honesty and truthfulness, without which I cannot win the respect and confidence of my fellow men. I believe in a sound mind, in a sound body, and a spirit that is not afraid, and in clean sports that develop these qualities. I believe in obedience to law because it protects the rights of all. I believe in the human touch, which cultivates sympathy with my fellow men and mutual helpfulness and brings happiness for all. I believe in my country, because it is a land of freedom and because it is my own home, and that I can best serve that country by “doing justly, loving mercy, and walking humbly with my God.” And because Auburn men and women believe in these things, I believe in Auburn and love it.

– George Petrie

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