Graduate Student, Jingjing Tong, Receives 1st Place in Poster Competition

Pictured left to right: Dr. Todd Shields, Dr. Jim Rankin, Dr. Heather Nachtmann, Jingjing Tong and Dr. Sharon Gaber


More than 120 graduate students from all academic areas on campus competed in the sixth-annual contest, “From Abstract to Contract: Graduate Student Research and Creative Expression Competition.” The public viewing and judging portion of the competition was held Feb. 8 in Mullins Library. First place winners received $200; those placing second were awarded $100.

Doctoral student, Jingjing Tong received a first place award for her poster on the research project “Supporting Secure and Resilient Inland Waterways” directed by Dr. Heather Nachtmann. Their research developed a cargo prioritization model that can provide timely knowledge regarding what barges should be prioritized for offloading when the inland waterway is closed or reduced due to a disruption.

“Jingjing is an exceptional student, and she is making important contributions with her work. I am confident that she will make an excellent faculty member one day. We appreciate this opportunity to showcase our research and recognize her contributions to our institution,” said Nachtmann.

Dr. Sharon Gaber, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, presented the 1st place award in the Supply Chain Management and Logistics Track to Tong at the University of Arkansas’ graduate research competition during ceremonies Monday, Feb. 25, held in the Janelle Y. Hembree Alumni House.“The quality of the research presentations this year speaks volumes about the quality of our graduate students and the faculty that mentor these exceptional students,” Gaber said. “As the University of Arkansas continues to grow, our graduate students will continue to play an important role in our success and in our effort to become a top 50 public research university.”

Release date: 3/19/2013