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International Research Conference

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Congrats to the 2021 International Research Conference awardees!

Master's Degree Category

Top Presentation:
Lindsay Loftin
Property Rights or Human Rights: Content Analysis of Media Depictions of the Unhoused

Honorable Mention:
Lawrence Bassett, Ferris Zughaiyir, Dr. Michael Forstner
Distribution of the Mediterranean Gecko (Hemidactylus turcicus) in Texas

Doctoral Degree Category

Top Presentation:
Zaid Almusaied and Dr. Bahram Asiabanpour
A Novel Design of Hybrid Hydrophilic-Superhydrophobic Surfaces for Fog Harvesting

Honorable Mention:
Kimberly Wong, Leslie Garza, and Meagan Robbins
“Everything is Theory Versus Practice”: Department Policy Changes in the Time of Black Lives Matter


The Graduate College invites graduate students from all disciplines to present at the International Research Conference (IRC) and showcase their original research! Students at Texas State University, as well as from external institutions, are eligible to participate. This is not limited to graduate students presenting their thesis or dissertation. While you can and are encouraged to present your thesis or dissertation research, we also encourage you to present a classroom project, collaborations with other students or faculty, or other applicable projects.

Why Present?

  • promote your research
  • gain conference presentation experience
  • enhance communication skills
  • network with colleagues and faculty in various disciplines
  • build the professional development section of your resume/CV
  • demonstrate your understanding of the need to disseminate your research—even during your graduate program
  • interact with a broad audience about your research
  • opportunity to opt in to have your work published in the Texas State University Digital Collections Repository*
  • top presentation awards!

*If you have co-authored and choose to opt in to publish your research in the repository, you must inform and receive permission from your co-author(s).

Event Details

The 2021 International Research Conference was held on Tuesday, April 6 through Thursday, April 8 during Graduate Student Appreciation Week.

To open this year’s conference, we hosted a Kickoff event, where Dr. M. Alejandra Sorto, recipient of the 2020–2021 Graduate College Outstanding Mentor Award and professor in the Department of Mathematics, presented the keynote address, "The Dynamic Role of Graduate Students in Advancing New Knowledge and Innovation," which focused on this year's Common Experience theme, Dynamics.


Registration for the 2021 International Research Conference has closed. Stay tuned for the 2022 conference details!

Submission Guidelines

Submissions for the 2021 International Research Conference have closed.


Master’s Degree:

  • Top Presentation
  • Honorable Mention

Doctoral Degree:

  • Top Presentation
  • Honorable Mention

Faculty Respondents

Faculty respondents are appointed to provide feedback on presentations and engage with presenters to help enhance their projects and future research. All graduate faculty are eligible to sign up to be faculty respondents.

Judging Criteria

A panel of judges evaluated the e-poster presentations and made final determinations for each award.

2021 Judges

  • Dr. Lynn Brinckmeyer, College of Fine Arts and Communication 
  • Dr. Patti Giuffre, The Graduate College
  • Dr. Andrea Golato, The Graduate College
  • Dr. Peter Golato, Department of World Languages & Literatures
  • Dr. Eric Paulson, The Graduate College 
  • Dr. Sandy Rao, School of Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Dr. Aimee Roundtree, College of Liberal Arts
  • Dr. Alexis Stokes, College of Business Administration 
  • Dr. Bob E. Vasquez, College of Applied Arts

Past Conferences

Check out the archives to see graduate student research presented at the International Research Conference over the years!

The 2021 International Research Conference was organized by The Graduate College and co-sponsored by the Common Experience.


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