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Graduate School Student Success Stories

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Student Explores Misconceptions About Burnout in New Research

Ali Ryan's research into the relationship between self-care, difficult work settings, burnout and mental health for school psychology graduate students revealed surprising findings.

Ryan's dissertation confronts the limits of self-care and puts more responsibility on the systems in which students work. 


Portrait photo of Katie Kim.

Audiology Student Researches Security Vulnerabilities in Hearing Aids

University of Northern Colorado Doctor of Audiology student Katie Kim combined her fascination with technology and research in her scholarly project, "Hearing Aid Data Security: User Perceptions and Bluetooth Low Energy Security Assessment." 

"I've been enamored with technology since my dad and I built my first PC together," Kim said.

Read Katie's story

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Doctoral Student Develops Groundbreaking Theory About Chopin

Jessica Castleberry began playing piano at age seven, and by her 20s, she was on course for a performance and teaching career. But the long hours of solo practice made for a lonely life. She found a new passion in music history at the University of Northern Colorado, where she earned a master's degree. In UNC's Music D.A. – Music History and Literature program, she's made discoveries about classical musician Frédéric Chopin.


Portrait photo of Katie Kim.

Student Research Suggests Achievement Emotions May Hold Key to Academic Success

Alex Graves is researching chemistry students' achievement emotions for his University of Northern Colorado's Chemical Education Ph.D. program dissertation. Achievement emotions are those tied to reaching a goal, and they affect how well a student performs a task. That performance then impacts achievement emotions.


  • More Graduate Student Success Stories

    Biological Sciences Master's Student Research Could Lead to Improvements in Liver Disease Outcomes
    Raznin Joly, Biological Sciences M.S. – Thesis Concentration
    Read Raznin's story

    Student’s Research Aims to Shed Light on Invisible Barriers
    Allie Tate, Rehabilitation Counseling M.A.
    Read Allie's story

    Language Teacher Turns Card Games into Problem-Solving Lesson
    WeiHsuan Lo, Technology, Innovation and Pedagogy Ph.D. (now Educational Technology Ph.D.)
    Read WeiHsuan's story

    Doctoral Student’s Love for Music Inspires Research
    Mike Cleary, Music D.A. — Conducting Concentration
    Read Mike's story

    Doctoral Student Aims to Improve Preschool Inclusion in Rural Kansas
    Lena Kisner, Special Education Ph.D.
    Read Lena's story

    Doctoral Student Studies Pandemic-era Anxiety, Depression and Resiliency
    Kimberly Crystal Monroe, Educational Psychology Ph.D.
    Read Kimberly's story

    Social Emotional Learning Drives Doctoral Student’s Research 
    Angie Keedy, Music D.A. — Music Education Concentration
    Read Angie's story

    Graduate Student Leverages the Power of Play to Support Kids’ Health
    Danielle Belcher, Sport and Exercise Science M.S. – Social Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity Concentration
    Read Danielle's story

    Doctoral Candidate Probes COVID’s Impact on Special Education
    Vanessa Giddings, Educational Leadership Ed.D.
    Read Vanessa's story

    English Master’s Student Explores Clowns and Community in ‘Godspell’
    Karsen Gromm, English M.A.
    Read Karsen's story

    Student's Research Reveals Risk of Noise Exposure at Hockey Games
    Sean Hoverson, Audiology Au.D.
    Read Sean's story

    Student's Award-Winning Research Could Influence Future of Sports Marketing
    Alicia Romano, Sport and Exercise Science Ph.D. – Sport Administration Concentration
    Read Alicia's story

    Dissertation Examines Maya Education in Postcolonial Belize
    Jenny Pettit, Educational Studies Ed.D.
    Read Jenny's story

    Graduate’s Psychological Safety Study Could Change Nursing Education
    Melissa Anozie, Nursing Education Ph.D.
    Read Melissa's story

    Applied Statistics and Research Methods Graduate Uses Data Science to Improve Victim Outcomes
    Idilio Moncivais, Applied Statistics and Research Methods M.S. and Ph.D.
    Read Idilio's story

    Dissertation Fellowship Supports Student’s Cancer Research
    Lea Haverbeck Simon, Sport and Exercise Science Ph.D. – Exercise Physiology Concentration
    Read Lea's story

    Criminal Justice Master’s Student Honored with Dean’s Citation for Excellence
    Naya Russell-Coprich, Criminology and Criminal Justice M.A.
    Read Naya's story

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