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Grad Student’s Research Aims to Improve Collegiate Experiences

College of Education Student Markeshia Babers-Henry Photo

College of Education student, Markeshia Babers-Henry was a recipient Graduate Research Fellowships (GRF) for the 2014-2015 academic year. Markeshia is a third year graduate student in the Master of Science Program in Counseling, Option in Student Development in Higher Education (SDHE) program, who is working with her faculty mentor, Dr. Angela Locks, Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership on her research project. Markeshia came to realize the influence of research on higher education as a graduate student in the SDHE program, and this realization inspired her to contribute to the research on African American college students. Her research interests center on the influence of health and wellness behaviors of African American college students on their academic performance. After completing her degree in Spring 2015, she will pursue a Ph.D. in postsecondary education with a dual emphasis on research and policy. Markeshia’s goal is to use her research to improve the collegiate experiences and outcomes of women and students of color.

Markeshia’s thesis research expands the literature on African American college students who persist in higher education. She will explore the physical, psychological, social and academic conditions that contribute to their success and persistence in college. The GRF will allow Markeshia to conduct a quantitative study using secondary data from the American College Health Association (ACHA). Her study will explore physical and psychological habits and behaviors that predict academic achievement among African American college students.

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