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The Eighth Annual International Research Conference for Graduate Students held on November 15–16, 2016, hosted by The Graduate College, showcased graduate student research carried out by about 120 authors and coauthors from a variety of disciplines.

The conference is an opportunity for graduate students from various fields to present their original research findings. Students received feedback on their presentations from experienced faculty members.

Graduate Dean Dr. Andrea Golato welcomed the gathering on November 17 at the conference opening and reception. Dr. Coy Callison, Professor and Associate Dean for Graduate Studies College of Media and Communication, Texas Tech University, Dr. Russell B. Lang, Assistant Professor, Special Education and Executive Director, Clinic for Autism Research, Evaluation and Support, Dr. Melissa Martinez, Assistant Professor and Director of the Doctoral Program in School Improvement, and Dr. Sean M. Horan, Associate Professor, Communication Studies from Texas State University served on the Distinguished Research Panel. Graduate House Representative and master’s student in Mass Communication, Andrea Alvarez 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, Milad Mohammadalizadehkorde, master’s student in sustainability, received the Top Paper Award in the master’s category for his paper titled, “Energy Efficiency Assessment at Texas State University.” Zachary Nolen, doctoral student in Aquatic Resources won the Top Paper Award in the doctoral category. His paper was titled, “Do students want to use social media? Assessing students' perceptions of social media in the classroom.”

Dr. Carl Van Aacken, Learning Lab Coordinator at the Student Learning Assistance Center, Texas State University was the keynote speaker. His talk was titled, “Veterans Transitioning to Graduate School: What it is like and what you can do to support them.”

Concurrent panel sessions with student presentations were held throughout the day on November 16. 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.

The Graduate College thanks our sponsors:

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
International Office; The Graduate House; University Bookstore