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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill cordially welcomed doctoral students from King’s College London to our campus July 26-30, 2017 for the inaugural event of our new Royster Global initiative.
Royster Global conference events were focused on encouraging interdisciplinary networking and learning, and future research collaboration between doctoral students at King’s College London and UNC-Chapel Hill. Programming included the following topics and more:
  • How to engineer your life
  • Preparing for the U.S. and global markets
  • Design thinking, an emerging paradigm for approaching research
  • “Lightning talks” around specific research themes
  • Graduate education in a global context
All events took place at the UNC FedEx Global Education Center on campus, unless otherwise noted.
Location: 301 Pittsboro St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516

Graduate Education in a Global Context: Barriers and Possibilities

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Welcome gathering at Hampton Inn
10:00pm | Hampton Inn & Suites Chapel Hill-Carrboro
Marsha Collins, Royster Distinguished Professor for Graduate Education, The Graduate School Director of International Programs and Professor, English and Comparative Literature
Sandra Hoeflich, Associate Dean for Interdisciplinary Education, Fellowships & Communication, The Graduate School
Breakfast
Available at 6:00am | Hampton Inn & Suites Chapel Hill-Carrboro
Welcome
9:00am – 9:30am | Global Education Center, 4th Floor
Sandra Hoeflich and Marsha Collins
9:30am – 9:45am | Networking Break
How to Engineer Your Life
9:45am – 11:45am | Global Education Center, 4th Floor
Samantha Sutton, Founder, Life Engineering Labs
Participants will explore their own life goals and priorities, and learn strategies for balancing and achieving them.
11:45am – 12:00pm | Networking Break
Lunch
12:00pm – 1:30pm | Global Education Center, 1st Floor – Atrium
Steve Matson, Dean of The Graduate School, Professor of Biology
Ronald P. Strauss, Executive Vice Provost and Chief International Officer & Distinguished Professor
Comparing Graduate and Professional Experiences
1:30pm – 3:00pm | Global Education Center, 4th Floor
Carlee Forbes, Ph.D. Candidate in Art History
Colin Post, Ph.D. Candidate in Information and Library Science
Participants will share and compare graduate and professional experiences in the US and the UK. How is graduate student life similar and different in these two countries? What are the expectations for students? How do students in the UK and US manage work/life balance?
3:00pm – 3:30pm | Networking Break
Research Lightning Talks
3:30pm – 5:00pm | Global Education Center, 3rd Floor – DeBerry 3009
Participants will present 7 minute presentations on a specific topic or question, followed by the opportunity for interdisciplinary discussion among all participants.
Click Here to View the Lightning Talk Topics
List of Presenters:
  • Christina Chauvenet, “Food Insecurity and Parental Perception of Childhood Obesity Risk”
  • Carlee Forbes, “Foreign tastes, local styles, the ceramics of Voania Muba”
  • Louise Gillies, “Genealogy and Genetic Disease: Discovery, Dissemination and Discussion”
  • Kira Glynn, “Competition Between Cells to Join the Germline: Mechanisms and Consequences”
  • Allison Gose, “Servants not Soldiers: Social Morality and the Via regia”
  • Allison Lacko, “Does SNAP Meet Its Goal of Helping Families Eat Healthier by Eating at Home?”
  • Mavis Machirori, “Knowledge about Familial Breast Cancers in Ethnic Minority Groups”
  • Ifesinachi Okafor-Yarwood, “Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing: A Threat to Human Security in Nigeria”
5:00pm – 6:00pm | Networking Break
Dinner
6:00pm – 7:30pm | Spanky’s, 101 East Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Sandra Hoeflich and Marsha Collins
Following Dinner | Optional Local Social Activities
Breakfast
Available at 6:00am | Hampton Inn & Suites Chapel Hill-Carrboro
Preparing for US and Global Markets
9:00am – 10:30am | Global Education Center, 4th Floor
Sharon Cannon, Clinical Associate Professor of Management and Corporate Communication, Kenan-Flagler Business School
Participants will explore the practical aspects of preparing for the job market in both the US and UK, as well as the broader global context. What sorts of professional experiences are valued in hiring decisions in these different contexts? How do CVs need to be tailored for these different markets? How does communication differ in various cultural contexts?
10:30am – 10:45am | Networking Break
Communicating Research in a Global Context
10:45am – 12:00pm | Global Education Center, 4th Floor
Elizabeth Ault, Associate Editor at Duke University Press
Participants will discuss the global differences in communicating research, from publications to new means for disseminating research. This will logistics and details of publication from both US and UK perspectives, and also examine how publication is changing in a global context. How do we communicate what we research in graduate school to local and global audiences relevant to our fields? Are there voids in this communication that need filling? How does this vary between disciplines globally?
Lunch
12:00pm – 1:30pm | Global Education Center, 1st Floor – Atrium
Virtual Crash Course in Design Thinking
1:30pm – 3:00pm | Kenan Science Library – Venable G307, 125 South Rd, Chapel Hill, NC 27599
David Romito, Science Librarian, Kenan Science Library
Participants will learn to draw upon logic, imagination, and systematic reasoning to create innovative solutions to complex problems during this social, fun-filled 90 minute workshop from the Stanford d.school.
3:00pm – 3:30pm | Networking Break
Customized Open Time
3:30pm – 5:00pm
Participants may meet in small groups to discuss related research interests or meet with faculty, visit labs, or libraries, etc. that pertain to specific research interests.
Fridays on the Front Porch
5:00pm – 8:00pm | The Carolina Inn, 211 Pittsboro St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
Participants enjoy socializing, music (Acoustic Manner), and informal food (Chick-N-Que) at a local historic landmark and cultural icon.
Breakfast
Available at 6:00am | Hampton Inn & Suites Chapel Hill-Carrboro
Graduate Education in a Global Context: Barriers and Possibilities
10:00am – 12:00pm | Global Education Center, 4th Floor
Marsha Collins
Participants will reflect on discussions and ideas presented throughout the conference, discussing the challenges and potential for graduate education in a global context.
Lunch
12:00pm – 1:30pm | Global Education Center, 1st Floor – Atrium
Creative Visualization
1:30pm – 3:30pm | Ackland Art Museum, 101 S Columbia St, Chapel Hill, NC 27599
Carolyn M. Allmendinger, Director of Academic Programs, Ackland Art Museum
Participants will explore ways of thinking about problem solving and research, using visual means.
Free Time
3:30pm – 6:00pm
Time to visit labs, libraries, etc., or to explore Chapel Hill, UNC, or the surrounding areas.
Farewell Dinner and Optional Social Activities
6:00pm | Graduate Student Center, 211A W Cameron Ave, Chapel Hill, NC 27599
Hosts: Sandra Hoeflich and Marsha Collins
Brunch and Final Thoughts & Reflections
10:00am | Hampton Inn & Suites Chapel Hill-Carrboro, Smith Room
12:00pm | KCL Participants depart – transportation from hotel to airport
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Conference Speakers and Participants

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Carolyn M. Allmendinger
Director of Academic Programs, Ackland Art Museum
Sharon Cannon
Clinical Associate Professor of Management and Corporate Communication, Kenan-Flagler Business School
Marsha Collins
Royster Distinguished Professor for Graduate Education, The Graduate School Director of International Programs and Professor of English and Comparative Literature
Sandra Hoeflich
Associate Dean for Interdisciplinary Education, Fellowships & Communication, The Graduate School
Steve Matson
Dean of The Graduate School, and Professor of Biology
David Romito
Science Librarian, Kenan Science Library
Ronald P. Strauss
Executive Vice Provost and Chief International Officer & Distinguished Professor
Samantha Sutton
Founder, Life Engineering Labs
Kristin Bedell
Education
Emily Brennan Moran
Communication
Anand Bhatia
Business Administration
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Christina Chauvenet
Maternal and Child Health
Elena Casey
Romance Studies
Alyssa Cozzo
Nutrition
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Scott Davis
Pharmaceutical Sciences
Carlee Forbes
Art History
Sarah George-Waterfield
English
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Jenny Gilbert
Nutrition
Kira Glynn
Genetics and Molecular Biology
Patrick Golden
Information and Library Science
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Allison Gose
History
Amber Haley
Health Policy and Management
Mejs Hasan
Geological Sciences
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Sehrish Javaid
Oral and Craniofacial Biomedicine
Sydney Jones
Epidemiology
Elizabeth Kamai
Epidemiology
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Cory Keeler
Geography
Allison Lacko
Nutrition
Charlotte Lane
Nutrition
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Joanna Lawson
Philosophy
Nick Levis
Biology
Michael Little
Education
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Christina Na
Chemistry
Khoa Le Nguyen
Psychology and Neuroscience
Madelyn Percy
Geological Sciences
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Colin Post
Information and Library Science
Vaia Sigounas
Anthropology
Maximilian Spiegel
Communication
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Nithya Srinivas
Pharmaceutical Sciences
Kathie Sun
Bioinformatics & Computational Biology
Min Tang
Philosophy
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Leslie Thomson
Information and Library Science
Caitlin Williams
Maternal and Child Health
Adam Waterbury
Statistics and Operations Research
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Michael Webster-Clark
Epidemiology
Jeff Yang
Epidemiology
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Louise Gillies
Nursing & Midwifery Research
Yuandi Li
Informatics
Mavis Machirori
Nursing & Midwifery Research
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Patrick Bergstrom Mann
Physics
Hilary Manning
European & International Studies
David Kohan Marzagao
Informatics
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Ifesinachi Okafor
International Development
Adina Stroia
French
Claudia Zanardi
European & International Studies