The Fifth Annual International Research Conference for Graduate Students held on November 6–7, 2013 at the LBJ Student Center was a resounding success. Students presented ninety research papers and posters this year that included research that was both sole authored and coauthored. Students and judges were from Texas State as well as from other institutions including Texas Tech, University of Texas at Austin, Lamar University and the University of Maine.
New Graduate Dean Dr. Andrea Golato welcomed the gathering on November 6th at the conference opening and reception. Distinguished Professors Dr. Michael Forstner and Dr. Vedaraman Sriraman; and Presidential Award Recipients for Excellence in Scholarly Activities, Dr. Jian Shen and Dr. Oleg Komogortsev talked about various aspects of research on the Distinguished Research Panel.
Dr. Vijay Ganju, consultant with Mental Health Systems and former Secretary General of the World Federation for Mental Health delivered the keynote addressed titled, “Mental Health: Everybody’s Concern, Everybody’s Business.” His talk was connected with Texas State University’s 2013–2014 Common Experience theme: “Minds matter: Exploring mental health and illness.”
New for this year was a Research Contest for graduate students. The following were the winners of the contest:
First Place: Priscilla Pham, doctoral student in Biology
Second place: Phillicia Phillips, doctoral student in Geography
Third Place: Robert Rogers, master’s student in Chemistry and Biochemistry
Third Place: Kanika Verma, doctoral student in Geography
Concurrent panel and poster sessions with student presentations were held all day long on November 7. Graduate students from various disciplines received feedback from faculty judges and ASG Graduate House representatives and other graduate students served as moderators of some of the panels.
The Graduate College thanks our sponsors:
ASG Graduate House; Common Experience; College of Applied Arts; McCoy College of Business Administration; College of Education; College of Fine Arts and Communication; College of Health Professions; College of Liberal Arts; College of Science and Engineering; Office of Research and Federal Relations; University Bookstore