For each conference, a small number of Graduate Scholar Awards are given to outstanding graduate students who have an active academic interest in the conference area. Graduate Scholars perform a critical role in the conference by chairing the parallel sessions, providing technical assistance in the sessions, participating in Talking Circles, and presenting their own research papers. The Award with its accompanying responsibilities provides a strong professional development opportunity for graduate students at this stage in their academic careers. Meeting experts in the field, interacting with colleagues from other parts of the world, and creating networks and friendships are all additional benefits of this Award.
Graduate Scholars are entitled to free registration and are given special recognition during the conference proceedings. Applicants must be currently enrolled in a graduate studies program. Awardees must be available on-site the day prior to the conference (for orientation and training) and throughout the conference.
The application deadline for the 2015 Graduate Scholar Award has passed.
Tamela Evans is a doctoral student in the Educational Leadership program at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia, USA. She currently serves as an administrative graduate assistant for the Department of Leadership, Technology and Human Development, at Georgia Southern University. In addition to having worked with the Multicultural Student Center on campus in program development. Tamela has varied research interest surrounding student development in higher education in support of academic success. She holds a MSEd in Counseling and BS in Human Services from Old Dominion University, in Norfolk, Virginia, USA. Her work in counseling includes areas such as community mental health, substance abuse and school counseling. Prior to her current doctoral studies, Tamela took on additonal duties as a Career Advisor while serving in the Air Force Reserves.
Kerry Greenstein is originally from Philadelphia, PA and graduated from Rider University with a Bachelors of Arts in Communications and American Studies. After graduation he went to the University of Delaware where he earned his Masters in Education with an emphasis on Student Affairs in Higher Education. After Delaware he has slowly been moving south to the warmer weather, having spent three years in Admissions at Radford University in Virginia before coming to Georgia Southern in 2008 as Assistant Dean of Students. Dr. Greenstein recently completed his Ed.D. in Educational Administration from Georgia Southern University. At work he spends most of his time serving students by assisting them with appeals, withdrawals and any general problems or concerns students might have. He also teaches both Collaborative Leadership and First Year Experience classes. Dr. Greenstein enjoys working with student leaders and helping all students overcome obstacles that may interfere with their progress towards graduation.
Amy Zieziula serves as the Assistant Dean of Student Integrity at Armstrong State University. Prior to working at Armstrong Ms. Zieziula worked as the Coordinator for Student Conduct at Georgia Southern University, and also temporarily served as the Interim Associate Dean for Student Conduct. She earned a M.Ed. from University at Buffalo, The State University of New York and a B.S. from State University of New York at Brockport. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in Higher Education Leadership from Georgia Southern University.