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Three Longwood graduate students present research at statewide forum

February 23, 2011

Three Longwood University graduate students who presented research at the Sixth Annual Graduate Student Research Forum on Feb 3 in Richmond
From left: Longwood graduate students Acey Holmes, Edward Howarth and Bret Lewis

Three Longwood University graduate students presented research at the Sixth Annual Graduate Student Research Forum, sponsored by the Virginia Council of Graduate Schools (VCGS) and held Feb. 3 in Richmond.

Longwood participants were Acey Holmes of Midlothian, who is pursuing an M.S. in communication sciences & disorders; Edward Howarth of Cornwall, England, who is working toward an M.A. in English with a Creative Writing Concentration; and Bret Lewis of South Boston, who is pursuing an M.B.A. in general business.

Holmes' presentation, "Cued Speech: A Review of the Evidence," the second consecutive year she has presented at the forum, was independent research that started as class project, which she continued. Her adviser on the project was Dr. Lissa Power-deFur, professor and graduate coordinator of the communication sciences & disorders program. Holmes, who has a B.S. in auditory oral deaf education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, is completing her final externship as a graduate clinician in the adult acute care department at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. She has worked as an auditory-oral therapist in private and public schools for five years and also worked as an outreach specialist for a cochlear implant manufacturer before returning to graduate school. After graduating in May, she wants to serve the adult population in an acute care setting in North Carolina, her native state.

Howarth's presentation was "Judging a Book by its Cover: The Psychology of Book Design." He presented some of the techniques he has learned in designing book covers for Briery Creek Press, a small literary press affiliated with Longwood's Creative Writing program, and he also discussed the publishing opportunities afforded graduate students in that program. Howarth has a B.S. from the University of Plymouth in England, with which Longwood has an exchange agreement. He plans to teach in the United States after graduating in May.

Lewis' presentation, "How Close is Too Close? An Examination of School Quality and Proximity," evolved from a research-based class that he took last fall semester under Dr. Bennie Waller, chair of the Department of Accounting, Economics, Finance, and Real Estate and associate professor of finance and real estate. "We looked at whether better schools matter in terms of house prices," said Lewis, who received a B.S. in business administration from Longwood in December 2009. The paper has been accepted for presentation at the 2011 New Orleans International Education Conference, to be held March 14 -16 in New Orleans. Lewis is president of the Student Advisory Board of the College of Business & Economics. He will take the CPA exam this summer, and after graduating in December he plans to work for a CPA firm.

Longwood is one of 13 public colleges and universities that are members of VCGS. More than 60 graduate students presented research at this year's forum, which showcases graduate student research and scholarship from across Virginia.