2019 Grad Recognized for Outstanding Research at Walsh Conference

June 12, 2019
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Carley Wilson Captures ‘Outstanding Paper’ Award

Carley G. Wilson garnered the “Outstanding Paper” award earlier this spring at the 16th annual All Politics Is Local Conference at Walsh University. That recognition complements accolades she received by winning Best in Class and President’s Choice awards at Wilmington College’s Student/Faculty Research Forum in May.

PICTURED: Carley Wilson is pictured speaking at this spring’s Baccalaureate service.

Wilson, a May 2019 Wilmington College graduate, joined students and faculty from 17 colleges and universities in Ohio, Michigan, New York and Pennsylvania in presenting original research at the event.

She won for her research titled “Complicated Grief in the Combat Setting: The Leader-Subordinate Bond and Its Influence Towards Overcoming Traumatic Loss.”

The referee noted that Wilson’s paper “uses a combination of qualitative and quantitative analysis” that involved gathering original data to investigate an important, specific and arguable poorly investigated topic of mental health and trauma in the U.S. Armed Forces.

“She takes a complicated topic, gives a detailed but easy to follow qualitative break down, makes a number of specific hypotheses and qualitatively breaks down the data they gathered in a way that is thorough yet not bogged down,” the referee stated.

Dr. Audrey Wagstaff, associate professor of social sciences, who served as Wilson’s faculty sponsor, called her a “gifted researcher” who’s only started her journey in the field.

“Carley was a dream student to mentor, to teach and from whom to learn,” Wagstaff said. “Her project was extremely impressive and demonstrates that she will be extremely successful in her future scholarly endeavors. I am so incredibly proud of her and will miss having her in class — and in my office crunching statistics!”

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