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An Awarding Experience

While many honors students have showcased their research at conferences across the country, symposiums on Georgia Southern’s campus have given them the chance to stay local and see their efforts rewarded.


Charlotte McDonald with her CURIO award.

Charlotte McDonald (international studies and German ’17) and Elise Rustine (graphic design ’18) both took home prizes at this year’s annual Center for Undergraduate Research and Intellectual Opportunities (CURIO) symposium. McDonald’s thesis, “Policing the Traffic: The Capacity for Legal Change to Arrest Human Trafficking in the European Union,” mentored by Dr. Maureen Stobb and Dr. Jamie Scalera, won Best Presentation in the Social Sciences. Best Presentation in Fine Arts went to Rustine, whose poster project, “Connotation and Denotation: Meaning in Graphic Design” was mentored by Professor Ed Rushton.

Elise Rustine with her award-winning poster.







In addition to CURIO, Georgia Southern also recently hosted the Eagle Showcase: Excellence in Service-Learning event. Freshman Sarah Rogers (biology ‘20) presented a poster called “A Dog’s Love: Animal-Assisted Therapy and Service to the Community,” which won the Best Poster award. Her project stemmed from coursework in her Animal-Assisted Therapy FYE class, taught by Dr. Jerri Kropp and Dr. Trent Maurer.

Sarah Rogers with her award-winning poster.


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