Fredrica Higgs Receives Zigli Research Award

Doctoral student Fredrica V. Higgs was awarded the Zigli Research Award from the Cratis D. Williams School of Graduate Studies at the 2024 Awards Ceremony on April 2, 2024.

This award was established to support graduate students engaged in research/scholarly activities such as travel related to study, attendance at professional conferences, and/or purchase of supplies or research materials.

Higgs, originally from Miami, Florida, will use this award for her research on the use of immersive technologies in expanding access to global education.

“As a new Ed.D. student, the Zigli Research Award symbolizes the recognition of my potential to contribute meaningfully to the field of global education,” said Higgs.

Higgs graduated from Georgia State University with a B.A. in English literature and a minor in journalism. She is currently enrolled in the doctoral program with a concentration in instructional technology leadership

Higgs chose App State’s doctoral program for many reasons. As a university program manager at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s School of Nursing, the online format allows her to pursue her degree alongside her responsibilities. 

“The prospect of engaging in innovative research and contributing to global education projects excites me,” she noted. “The program's flexible dissertation structure, aligned with the CPED Model, supports student success and the option to include electives with an international focus enriches the curriculum.”

“Additionally, the program directly aligns with my vision of using emerging technologies to internationalize education for underserved scholars through culturally immersive learning experiences,” she added. “The innovative research methodologies and focus on driving positive social change will allow me to break down barriers limiting access to global education.”

However, most importantly, Higgs chose App State for the people. “Meeting with Dr. Miller and Dr. O’Shea revealed a shared passion for international education, student support, and diversity.”

After graduation, Higgs hopes to establish programs, initiatives, and culturally immersive learning experiences that broaden global learning opportunities for historically marginalized student communities.