Graduate Students Participate in Graduate Research Events and Awards Ceremony

From left to right: Joelle Powers, associate dean for COHS presented awards to Tiffany A. Robb, Andrew Nutting, and Nathaniel Stanford.
From left to right: Joelle Powers, associate dean for COHS presented awards to Tiffany A. Robb, Andrew Nutting, and Nathaniel Stanford.

The College of Health Sciences is celebrating the success of all graduate students who participated in the Graduate Student Showcase and the Three Minute Thesis Competition. We are very proud of and humbled by those who made the effort to participate in these two great events. We also want to congratulate students who received awards at the Graduate Awards Ceremony on April 18.

The Graduate Student Showcase presents an opportunity to celebrate and highlight transdisciplinary graduate research and scholarship. Graduate students from all programs at Boise State University are able to present their work and talents, connect with other students and faculty, and gain conference experience presenting their scholarship to others. The College of Health Sciences had an outstanding presence at the Graduate Student Showcase with 11 Master of Health Science, 12 Master of Kinesiology, two Master of Nursing, and two Master of Social Work student presentations.

Tammi Vacha-Haase, dean of the Graduate College speaking at the Graduate Awards Ceremony.
Tammi Vacha-Haase, dean of the Graduate College speaking at the Graduate Awards Ceremony.

Similarly, the Three Minute Thesis competition challenges graduate students to present their thesis or dissertation topic in just three minutes and on one slide. This competition cultivates student’s academic, presentation and research communication skills, and celebrates exciting graduate research taking place at Boise State.

Students who participated in either event had the opportunity to win awards at the Graduate Awards Ceremony presented by the Graduate College at Boise State. A total of six students from the College of Health Sciences received awards of $250 each at the ceremony.

College of Health Sciences students, majors, and research titles include:

College of Health Science College Award:

  • Andrew Nutting, Master of Health Science, “Healthy Habits, Healthy U: Physical activity and fruit and vegetable consumption ties to geographic location.”
  • Alexis Pickering, Master of Health Science, “Idaho WICSmart: Process and Implementation Evaluation.”
  • Tiffany A. Robb, Master of Health Science, “Digging into the socioeconomic factor of food insecurity when CF patients are non compliant with their diet.”
  • Nathanael Stanford, Master of Sciences in Kinesiology, “Apnea Training and Physical Characteristics: Enhancement of the Dive Response, Apneic Time, and Recovery.”

Vice President for Student Affairs Award in Student Success, Access, Retention, and Wellness:

  • Alex N. Prado, Master of Health Science, “Ride Your Way To Wellness: A Health Promotion Program for College Students living on Campus.”

Vice President of University Advancement Award:

  • Tyrin Stevenson, Master of Health Science, “Gender Differences in the Prevalence of Mental Health Among Detained Juveniles in Idaho.”
Student Andrew Nutting, professor Caile Spear, and student Tiffany A. Robb posing with awards

Jessie Dexter, a graduate research assistant for the Department of Community and Environmental Health and Master of Public Administration student in the School of Public Service, also received the Vice President for Student Affairs Award in Student Success, Access, Retention, and Wellness of $250. Her study, “A Formative Assessment of Boise State University’s Efforts to Combat Student Food Insecurity,” has involved mentorship from Lillian Smith, department head and Caile Spear, professor, both for the department of Community and Environmental Health in the College of Health Sciences.

“The college is so proud of the contributions to research from our students evidenced at the recent Graduate College events,” said Joelle Powers, associate dean for the College of Health Sciences. “It was exciting to see them presenting their work with such knowledge and expertise. The dedication of the faculty mentors who collaborated with our students is also evident in these successes.”

Learn more about awards and view the entire list of graduate student award winners.