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Inspiration, Innovation, Impact: A Celebration of Graduate Student Research

The Inspiration, Innovation, Impact event showcases the best in UNLV graduate student research. We invite you to join us to see a select group of outstanding graduate students from a variety of colleges giving short, 5-minute, TED-style talks or performances.

Inspiration, Innovation, Impact kicks off the Graduate & Professional Student Association's annual Research Forum.

This event fulfills the major campus research event requirement for the Grad Rebel Advantage Program. Please see the program website for additional details.

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6th Annual Inspiration, Innovation, Impact: A Celebration of Graduate Student Research

For the last six years, we have produced and hosted an annual Inspiration, Innovation, Impact event featuring an elite group of graduate students presenting lightning talks on their research, scholarship, or creative activities to kick off the Graduate and Professional Student Research Forum hosted by the Graduate & Professional Student Association. This year, as we continue to grapple with the pandemic, we are bringing this iconic event to you in a virtual and deconstructed format.

For this year’s Inspiration, Innovation, Impact event, we asked our graduate student presenters to share the work they’ve been doing to address challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The work of our presenters ranges from the impact of COVID-19 on the global supply chain; to how media construct the larger narrative of what COVID-19 is; to racism impacting UNLV students, particularly Asian American students, during the COVID-19 era.

To participate, we invite you to watch one, two, or all of the short videos below in any order that interests you! It’s a “design your own” virtual Inspiration, Innovation, Impact event.

Event and speaker introductions

Dean Kate Korgan, Graduate College
Event and speaker introductions

Preventing a Foul Epidemic: Prophylaxis Against Clostridioides Difficile Infection CDI

Jacqueline Phan, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Advisor: Dr. Ernesto Abel-Santos
Title: Preventing a Foul Epidemic: Prophylaxis Against Clostridioides Difficile Infection CDI

Offshoring & Onshoring Tradeoffs: The Impact of Coronavirus on Global Supply Chain

George W. Kajjumba, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering and Construction
Advisor: Dr. Erica Marti
Title: Offshoring & Onshoring Tradeoffs: The Impact of Coronavirus on Global Supply Chain

Media Framing of the Covid-19 Pandemic: Why Constructing "Reality" Matters

Deena DeVore, Department of Criminal Justice
Graduate Coordinator: Dr. Tamara Herold
Title: Media Framing of the Covid-19 Pandemic: Why Constructing "Reality" Matters

Microaggressions Impacting Asian Americans During the Covid-19 Pandemic

Aldo Barrita, Department of Psychology
Advisor: Gloria Wong-Padoongpatt
Title: Microaggressions Impacting Asian Americans During the Covid-19 Pandemic

"Im so proud of you" Parent Engagement in Higher Education during the Covid-19 Pandemic & Beyond

Heather Rappaport, Department of Educational Psychology & Higher Education
Graduate Coordinator: Dr. Doris Watson
Title: "Im so proud of you" Parent Engagement in Higher Education during the Covid-19 Pandemic & Beyond

We hope that these students’ innovative and impactful work shown in these videos have inspired you and whet your appetite for more! If so, please join us for the 23rd Annual Graduate and Professional Student Research Forum. This year's Research Forum will be held virtually on Friday, April 2, and Saturday, April 3. Please attend to see more exciting research, scholarship, and creative activities by our UNLV graduate and professional students.

Please be advised that your participation in the Inspiration, Innovation, Impact event may amount to a public disclosure which could jeopardize your ability to obtain patent protection in certain jurisdictions. As a student, prior to participating and openly sharing the details of your project, you may want to seek legal counsel. Regarding faculty, staff member or employee of the University of Nevada Las Vegas, please contact the Office of Economic Development regarding any disclosure you plan to share or otherwise present to ensure compliance with NSHE policy and to best advise you on how to protect any intellectual property that may arise from your project.