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Student wins competition with post-disaster research

Student wins competition with post-disaster research

February 18
22:56 2013

Olivia Sylvain / Intern

Second-year doctoral student Kyujin Jung won first place at the Graduate Student Global Research Competition earlier this month in a field that consisted of more than 30 universities across the nation.

Jung is a doctoral student in the department of public administration.  His research focused on the ability of global communities to recover from natural disasters.

He said he was encouraged in his work after attending a workshop for graduate students last April and spent the following eight months conducting his research.

“After the workshop I went back to South Korea and started collecting data from regional organizations relating to emergency management,” Jung said.

With help from public administration professor  Simon Andrew, Jung was able to apply for the Quick Response Grant Program.

Andrew believes Jung’s win was impressive due to the quality of the other projects.

“The work Kyujin does is very close to my research interests,” Andrew said. “What I did was offer a lot of advice and encouragement.”

Jung’s winning poster is part of his long-term work for his dissertation. He will continue his research with help from his professors and the various programs offered by UNT to support graduate students in their projects.

The competition was a collaboration between UNT International and the Toulouse Graduate School. It was a part of a larger event called the Global Research Funding Forum, a two-day forum held for research-intensive universities from around the U.S.

Students were given the chance to send in their research proposals to be reviewed by a panel, said Dana Mordecai, Coordinator for Marketing, Communication, and Special Events for the Toulouse Graduate School.

The research was required to cover one of four topics: engineering and technology; sciences, mathematics and business; social sciences or humanities.

“The competition was a great opportunity for our graduate students to present their research to a global audience,” Mordecai said.

Amanda White, Global Engagement Coordinator for UNT International, said that each year they receive various proposals from both domestic and international students.

Although many international students send in proposals, the competition is open to all UNT graduate students.

“A lot of international graduate students are already involved in global research,” White said. “The competition allowed them to showcase their research to the UNT community.”

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