The Laney student experience

Give Anthony Prosser just three minutes, and he can tell you about a compound that he's designed to offer a more robust treatment for HIV. That's the time it took the chemistry doctoral student (pictured above) to win first place in Emory's annual Three-Minute Thesis competition. The competition is one way the Laney Graduate School (LGS) supports students by helping them hone their presentation skills.

"The school has offered lots of good opportunities for preparing people for careers," says Prosser. Among those he personally experienced were working in the research lab of Professor Dennis Liotta, access to experts with decades of experience, professional development awards that allowed him to attend conferences, and an opportunity to interact with Emory's Office of Technology Transfer (OTT). Prosser says that his work with patents in the lab and the OTT helped him land a job at KIPS, a legal consulting firm, where he'll write patent applications and contribute to patent strategy.

After working in Kenya with CARE, doctoral student Bethany Caruso brings a passion about safe water and sanitation back to Emory, where she earned an MPH in 2009. Being a student at LGS has allowed Caruso to build on past relationships forged at Emory and to expand her research to Mongolia, Ghana, India, Bolivia, Sierra Leone, and the Philippines, for starters. Her campus connections extend beyond public health to draw on faculty expertise in anthropology, sociology, and economics, as she has honed in on how girls in developing parts of the world are influenced by water and sanitation. "The mentoring that I've gotten, both formally and informally, has been the most important ingredient in my studies," says Caruso, who will defend her dissertation this fall.

At LGS, Dominick Rolle has been able "to cross-pollinate my research and service interests." That research is African diasporic literature, and that service draws on his career in the U.S. Navy and two years as a social worker for inner-city youth and military veterans. During his doctoral studies, he has worked with Emory's chapter of the Men Stopping Violence initiative, teaching an undergraduate class on the subject. He also has contributed to the University Senate's diversity committee and benefitted from Center for Faculty Development and Excellence workshops to help him "create rich courses for my students and push my research further," he says. That research is culminating in a dissertation on the heroism of slaves, black soldiers, and prisoners in African Diasporic literature and culture.