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Research and Graduate Studies

A Message from Senior Associate Dean Ann Paulins


Welcome to the Research and Graduate Studies website for The Gladys W. and David H. Patton College of Education. The Patton College has a strong history of graduate education and research that has built its foundation as a community of scholars. Our graduate students and faculty members are important elements of this continuing legacy. Helpful information is provided here; for the most timely news and resources, please follow me on Twitter @AnnPaulins.

As of January 2017, The Patton College moved into the beautifully functional, recently renovated McCracken Hall. One of the distinguishing features of this state-of-the-art building is a Thesis/Dissertation Room (room 126). This room is for the exlusive use of students who are defending thesis or dissertation proopsals and final documents. The room is spacious and equipped to handle observers, who are encouraged to attend the final defense presentations.  Please be aware of our system for reserving the room, and make use of the forms located on the Student Affairs website.

Whether you are a faculty member, graduate student, undergraduate honors student, or collaborator with someone from the aforementioned group, there are opportunities to engage with others in efforts to enhance your research foundation. Please make an effort to attend as many of our research forums (sponsored by the Research Committee from noon-1 on selected Fridays) … food is always served; the events are open to the public. Watch for the fall 2017 dates to be announced soon. 

Additionally, I am pleased to share with graduate students in The Patton College the opportunity to apply for funds to support your research activities.  There are funds (up to $1,000 per year, and dependent on availablity) that can support thesis and dissertation research. Additionally, you can also apply for funds to support research before you have begun the thesis or dissertation. Instructions for applying are found by clicking on the heading Graduate Student & Faculty Research Fund, to the right. Mark your calendar for the two review cycle deadlines: October 1 and April 1.

All students who travel to present research are eligible for $200 to $500 to support their conference and travel expenses (reimbursed upon return), depending on the scope of the research and the extent to which other funds are sought, and limited to availability. Complete details are provided in the Student Travel Application form, available in the Graduate Student Information page (to the right). 

Finally, please watch for the date of Ohio University’s 2018 Research and Creative Activities Expo, held in the Convocation Center. All students who complete research – and especially those who have received funding and/or traveled to present their work – should participate. The registration link is available at the Office for Research and Sponsored Programs website.

Ann Paulins, Ph.D.