The event gave CCIE faculty and graduate students the opportunity to share their projects while learning about the research interests of peers and colleagues.
From issues surrounding social equity and healthcare to emergency management and the education system, the College of Community Innovation and Education’s Research and Impact Showcase highlighted the impactful research being conducted by faculty and students.
Held March 9 at UCF Downtown, the showcase involved more than 70 presenters sharing their work. CCIE researchers adhere to scientific methods to investigate individuals' experiences to improve humankind, using both quantitative and qualitative methods to examine common social issues.
For the showcase, each researcher was challenged to condense their project into a poster-presentation format summarizing objectives, methods and findings. Throughout the event, attendees were invited to enjoy a light reception while networking and learning about faculty and graduate students’ research.
The top three student poster presentations received awards and cash prizes of $600, $400 and $200, respectively. First place went to Kate Babb, a doctoral student in counselor education, for her presentation "Influences of Professional School Counseling Recruitment and Retention: A Grounded Theory."
Devin Cowan, a doctoral student in criminal justice, earned second place for his project "Applying Crime Pattern Theory and Risk Terrain Modeling to Examine Environmental Crime in Cambodia." Third place went to public affairs doctoral student Itunu Ilesanmi for her project “An Exploratory Study on the Barriers to Rebuilding Among Returnees."
“As always, I am pleased to learn more about the research being conducted by our faculty and students and how it impacts the lives we serve,” says Grant Hayes, dean of CCIE. “We are fortunate to have some of the best and brightest minds in our college, and it is an incredible honor to see them representing our college and UCF by helping to build stronger communities through their innovative work.”