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Two CLASS Graduate Students Receive Highest Graduate Honor

Averritt Award 2016

CreativeMind_blueHeidi Moye and Desiree Riley received two of the three Averitt Award for Excellence in Graduate Research and Instruction at the 2016 Research Symposium.

Heidi Moye, graduate student in the Department of History, received the award for excellence in research.

Desiree Riley, graduate student in the Department of Literature and Philosophy, received the award for excellence in instruction.

The Averitt Award is the highest honor bestowed upon graduate students within the Jack N. Averitt College of Graduate Studies. The award is presented in two categories, excellence in research and excellence in instruction, and carries with it a $1,000 prize.

The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS) is the largest of the eight colleges that make up Georgia Southern University, and it plays a central role in every student’s core of knowledge. CLASS, also described as the University’s College of the Creative Mind, prepares students to achieve academic excellence, develop their analytical skills, enhance their creativity and embrace their responsibilities as citizens of their communities, their nations and the world. CLASS offers more than 20 undergraduate degrees and several interdisciplinary minors from its 11 departments and five academic centers. CLASS offers eight master’s degrees, two graduate certificates and one doctoral degree. For more information, visit

Georgia Southern University, a public Carnegie Doctoral/Research University founded in 1906, offers more than 125 degree programs serving more than 20,500 students. Through eight colleges, the University offers bachelors, masters and doctoral degree programs built on more than a century of academic achievement. Georgia Southern is recognized for its student-centered and hands-on approach to education.


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