The Graduate College International Research Conference for Graduate Students

The annual International Research Conference for Graduate Students is hosted by The Graduate College on Texas State University's San Marcos Campus. This event provides graduate students with an opportunity to present their original research findings, to receive feedback from distinguished faculty members and to network with faculty and students across a variety of disciplines. Participation at this conference helps graduate students build their self-confidence, enhance their presentation and academic skills, and enrich their curriculum vitae, graduate study experience and academic and professional careers. The conference is free and open to graduate students at Texas State and beyond. Undergraduate students may attend but will not be able to present. Doctoral and master’s students may also participate in a research paper contest connected with the conference.


The Seventh Annual International Research Conference for Graduate Students held on November 17-18, 2015 at the LBJ Student Center was a great success. This year there were more than 180 student authors/coauthors participating in the event. The presentations covered a wide range of topics from a variety of disciplines. Student presenters, moderators, poster session respondents, and panel chairs were from Texas State University as well as from domestic institutions such as Abilene Christian University, Florida State University, Texas Tech University and the University of Texas at Austin. International participants also attended, representing Istanbul Technical University of Turkey and Unversidade do Porto of Portugal.

Graduate Dean Dr. Andrea Golato welcomed the gathering on November 17 at the conference opening and reception. Dr. Ian B. Davidson, Professor of Music, Dr. Jesus F. de la Teja, Professor of History, Dr. Caitlin Gabor, Professor of Biology and Dr. Carmen E. Westerberg, Assistant Professor, Psychology, talked about various aspects of research on the Distinguished Research Panel. Graduate House Representative, Rebecca Silvas, served as the student moderator of the panel. This was followed by a reception and poster session.

Heather M. Haley of the History department at Texas State University won this year’s Research Contest for Top Master’s Paper with her work on American strategies and tactics during the Vietnam War.

Concurrent panel sessions with student presentations were held throughout the day on November 18. Graduate students from various disciplines received feedback from faculty panel chairs, and Graduate House representatives and faculty members served as moderators of some of the panels. Keynote speaker Dr. Victor B. Sáenz, Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Administration and the Center for Mexican American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, spoke about ensuring the academic success of Latina/o students.

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