Graduate Research Forum Nov. 1: 140 presentations, posters and art displays

Elizabeth Kiel honored with Distinguished Graduate Teaching and Mentoring Award


Poster session from the 2018 Graduate Research Forum.

Miami University’s Graduate School presents its 11th annual Graduate Research Forum Friday, Nov. 1, in the Armstrong Student Center.

Graduate students from all divisions will present more than 140 oral sessions, poster presentations and art displays.

Oral presentations and poster sessions will be held in two sessions: 
  • Session 1: 1:30-2:45 p.m.
  • Session 2: 3:30-4:45 p.m.
A reception will be held between the two presentation sessions 2:45-3:30 p.m. in Pavilion C.
Art displays will be on view at Hiestand Hall all day, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Patricia Lang (Miami’60, M.Ed. ’64), recipient of an honorary degree from Miami in 2017, will assist with judging the forum presentations. She will be joined by nearly 40 other graduate alumni for the judging.

Lang and her husband committed a minimum of $1 million to establish the Patricia and Stephen Lang Support Fund at Miami to support graduate-level research, particularly for female students.

Winners of the Graduate Research Forum will be announced at a later date.  

The top three oral presentations and top three poster presentations each receive $300 in professional development funds.

Distinguished Teaching Award for Excellence in Graduate Instruction and Mentoring


Elizabeth Kiel

Elizabeth Kiel, associate professor pf psychology, will be recognized during the forum reception with the  2019 Distinguished Teaching Award for Excellence in Graduate Instruction and Mentoring.

The award, which includes $1,000 for professional expenses, is presented to a faculty member who has an impact on graduate students and demonstrates excellence in supervision of student research or professional practice and excellence in graduate classroom instruction.

Kiel impacts virtually every student in the psychology graduate program through her graduate statistics and research methods course. She routinely provides statistical consultation and mentoring to graduate students on their research projects.

She is a highly-sought-after faculty member on graduate student master’s and doctoral committees, having served on a total of 23 such committees, her nominators said.

One nominator said that since Kiel joined the department in 2010, “I have witnessed the evolution of student statistical expertise and application, with increasing complexity and sophistication of master’s level projects across all students. This has resulted in a significant increase in the average number of student publications, presentations and fellowships.”

Kiel is an incredibly successful graduate mentor, another nominator said. “Her students obtain competitive pre-doctoral internships and post-doctoral positions at institutions that are consistently ranked among the top of all pediatric training sites in clinical psychology nationwide.”

Kiel’s research focuses on understanding how young children and their parents influence each other over time, especially in the area of children’s anxiety development.

One of her primary research projects is a longitudinal study of children and their families, beginning when children were one year of age and currently following them through the early school years.

The dedication of graduate students in her research program allows for the extensive data collection required in this longitudinal study. They are the driving force behind much of the dissemination of its scholarship, according to Kiel and her nominators.

Five graduate students currently work with Kiel. She has mentored three doctoral students who have earned their Ph.Ds and two who have defended their dissertations and are working on their pre-doctoral internships.