NAU Graduate College
Grad school, elevated
A better world is waiting. If you’re ready to pursue your next opportunity—whether intellectual, professional, or personal—then Northern Arizona University’s flexible, challenging graduate programs will help you get to your next level. Study in Flagstaff, online or statewide.
Graduate Student of the Month
As a doctoral student, Jodi Carlson has demonstrated excellence in her teaching, supervision of practicum students, coursework, and research. Jodi is passionate about working with prospective and practicing teachers in elementary education. In her coursework, she goes above the norm in questioning, in seeking, and in theorizing. Her questions result in more questions for herself, and her queries help others in seminar classes ponder new ways of thinking. Jodi Carlson is the epitome of what a doctoral student should be. She excels in all areas of her program and her work as a graduate assistant is unparalleled. Jodi is an excellent student, with a knack for preparedness. She is well read in her discipline, a deep and critical thinker, and she accepts and encourages the same from her classmates. Jodi’s collegiality reaches far beyond what would be expected of most graduate students. As a Graduate Teaching Assistant she has provided undergraduate preservice teachers with support and mentorship both as a classroom instructor and as a fieldwork supervisor. Ms. Carlson is a leader among students in the Early Childhood Curriculum and Instruction program. She can be counted on to follow through on her tasks and readily is the first to volunteer to go the extra mile.
Graduate student spotlight
Ethan Bucholz is a PhD candidate in Forestry at NAU. Specifically, he studies climate adaptation in the native conifer southwestern white pine under the tutelage of Dr. Kristen Waring. Recently, Ethan received the GSG international travel award, given to students who want to travel abroad to conferences and professional meetings. Ethan went to Curitiba, Brazil to present at the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) World Congress. This multinational congress featured over 1,500 presentations concerning forest research under the face of climate change. He presented findings from his work with Flagstaff High School students as well as other volunteers organized through the Grand Canyon Trust, which works to impart the significance of climate change. This project is funded through the National Science Foundation and features collaborations with the Grand Canyon Trust, US Forest Service, and the Southwest Experimental Garden Array (SEGA). Citizen science is being recognized for its potential in helping researchers gather data sets that alone would be nearly impossible. His continuing work with the Flagstaff High School and Grand Canyon Trust help to provide field research as well as promoting scientific literacy within the northern Arizona region. Ethan hopes to finish his PhD this May, wherein he intends to continue working with members of his favorite ecosystem: high-elevation coniferous forests.
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