Xavier Smith, a Clayton State senior Psychology major, dreams of becoming a Human Resources practitioner and scholar in the near future.
Smith, a resident of Conley, Ga., is well on track to accomplishing his goal because of Clayton State’s Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (URCA) mini-grant, which is designed to provide undergraduate students the opportunity to engage in research projects under the supervision of Clayton State University’s nationally-recognized scholars.
Smith has worked with Dr. Leon Prieto, assistant professor of Management in the College of Business, on a paper entitled “Frances Perkins, Rose Schneiderman, and the Early Labor Movement: A Feminist Ethic of Care Approach to Labor & Safety Reform,” which was recently accepted by the Labor and Employment Relations Association’s (LERA) 67th Annual Conference which will be held in Pittsburgh at the end of May. The LERA Conference is one of the world’s leading conference in labor relations and human resources and is attended by leading scholars from institutions such as Rutgers University and Cornell University: http://www.ilr.cornell.edu/lera
The mini-grant will cover conference registration, flight and hotel accommodations for Smith, giving him the opportunity to gain experience presenting research to top scholars in the field of Human Resources and Labor Relations. Prieto thanks Associate Vice President for Faculty & Program Development Dr. Robert Vaughan for encouraging faculty to conduct research with students, because, “it will no doubt allow our students to access competitive graduate programs and career opportunities, and help their dreams become real.”