Highlander Research Blitz Competition Finalists

The Spring 2024 Highlander Research Blitz Competition features outstanding graduate student finalists from programs across Radford University and Radford University Carilion! Finalists were selected based on their completion of a rigorous application process.

In a Research Blitz Competition, graduate and undergraduate students share their research, creative work, or practical/clinical experiences with a wider audience. The catch? Finalists must speak for only three minutes with the aid of only one slide.

Meet the Radford and RUC 2024 Finalists

(to be posted in April 2024)

Last Year's Finalists

 Courtney Busick (Psychology, MA/MS)Gina Kihnley (Physical Therapy, DPT)Alana Rosa (Psychology, MA/MS)  
 Emily DiSalvo (Physical Therapy, DPT)Leslie King (Studio Art, MFA)Chad Runyon (Counseling and Human Development, MS)  
 Kara Doughtie (Psychology, MA/MS)Kallie Nielsen (Design Thinking, MFA)Malcolm Smith (Appalachian Studies Certificate)  
 Hayley Grossman (Psychology, MA/MS)Madison Noel (Physical Therapy, DPT)Natasha Tenreiro (Psychology, MA/MS)  
 Noemi James (Nursing, DNP)Amanda Pentiah (Counseling Psychology, PsyD)Caitlyn Thelen (Counseling Psychology, PsyD)  
 Christina Keller (Nursing, DNP)Quentin Pitts (Physical Therapy, DPT)Joanna Williamson (Social Work, MSW)  

View the Finalists' Presentations

In the past, as part of the competition, all finalists prepared a three-minute, recording of their presentation. All presentations have been posted online .

Vote for the People's Choice Award Winner 

If you are a Radford University student, faculty, or staff member, you can vote for your favorite presentation to help determine who will win the People's Choice Award ($300). The presentations will be recorded during the in-person event and uploaded here. You can cast your ballot here anytime between April 10 and 17, 2024. (Please note that balloting will close on April 17, 2024 at 12:00 p.m. EDT.)

Watch the Awards Ceremony

The in-person awards ceremony will take place on the same date as the compitition, April 3, 2024. The winners will also be recognized at the College of Graduate Studies' graduation ceremony on May 4, 2024 (time and place TBD).