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International Research Conference

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The Graduate College at Texas State University hosted the Ninth Annual International Research Conference for Graduate Students on November 7–8, 2017. The conference took place on the beautiful Texas State campus, located between Austin and San Antonio. 

About the conference

This annual conference is an opportunity for graduate students from various fields to present their original research findings. Students receive feedback on their presentations from experienced faculty members. Master’s and doctoral students from all disciplines are encouraged to participate. The conference is free and open to all graduate students currently enrolled in colleges and universities. Although presentations are limited to graduate students, interested undergraduate students are also invited to attend. 

2017 Report

The Ninth Annual International Research Conference for Graduate Students showcased graduate student research carried out by about 150 authors and coauthors in a variety of disciplines from universities in Texas and beyond.

Graduate Dean Dr. Andrea Golato welcomed the gathering on November 7 at the conference opening and reception. Dr. Dennis Dunn, Regents' and University Distinguished Professor of History and Director for the Center for International Studies at Texas State University, Dr. Paige Haber-Curran, Associate Professor and graduate advisor for the student affairs in higher education program at Texas State University, Dr. Todd W. Hudnall, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Texas State University, and Dr. Nico Schüler, University Distinguished Professor of Music Theory and Musicology at Texas State University served on the Distinguished Research Panel. Graduate House Representative and master’s student in sociology, Kelly Gourluck, served as the moderator of this panel. This was followed by a reception and poster session.

In the Research Contest held in conjunction with the conference, Ramin Sabbagh, master’s student in technology management, received the Top Paper Award in the master’s category. Joslyn Johnson, doctoral student in adult, professional, and community education, won the Top Paper Award in the doctoral category. 

Adam Key, Speech Instructor and Director of the Prison Debate Program at the Huntsville Center, Lee College delivered the keynote, “In the First Degree: The Challenges and Benefits of Postsecondary Prison Education.” The talk also reflected Texas State’s 2017-2018 Common Experience theme, “The Search for Justice: Our Response to Crime in the 21st Century.”

Concurrent panel sessions with student presentations were held throughout the day on November 8. Faculty provided feedback to students making both poster and paper presentations by serving as chairs and respondents of the various sessions. Graduate House representatives served as moderators of some of the panels.

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