Troy University Honors Five Graduate Students

Posted: Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Norfolk, VA—On Friday, May 29, 2009 Troy University honored five student recipients of the Dr. Charles Watson Research Award. The award recognizes students with excellence in community based research.

The Dr. Charles Watson Research Award which was created in honor of Dr. Charles Watson to continue the importance of community based research emphasized by Watson. A professor for TROY’s Masters in Public Administration program for over 20 years, Watson recently passed in November 2008. The Atlantic Region Chapter of the Troy University Alumni Association established an annual Research Award to commemorate Watson’s passion for community based research.

The winners were Masters in Science Management student Jason Monk for his paper “The Use of Public-Access Defibrillation in Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest,” and Masters in Public Administration students Sean Adams, Ken Dimitry, Ben Gonse and Dennis Santos for their paper “Virginia Beach Police Department Recruitment Strategy.” Winners received a certificate and a plaque to be displayed in TROY’s Norfolk site.

“Dr. Watson was an inspiration to so many of his students,” said Jim Donovan, President of the Atlantic Region’s Alumni Association. “It was an honor to be part of the creation of this annual awards program in his honor, and an inspiration of all involved to see the pieces submitted by the students for consideration.”

Student papers are nominated by faculty with selection made by an appointed committee. The award board committee consisted of Jim Donovan, Alumni Association President; Bill Hall, Secretary; Shirley McDaniel, and TROY professor Dr. Esteves. The committee evaluated submissions on a 100 point scale with 30% to research content, 30% to quality of effort, 30% to potential community impact and a discretionary 10%.

Those interested in contributing to the Dr. Charles Watson Annual Research Award can send a check to Troy University, Hampton Roads Alumni Chapter, 5425 Robin Hood Road, Suite B1, Norfolk, VA 23511. Checks should be made out to the Hampton Roads Alumni Chapter and marked “Dr. Watson Research Award.”

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