Around Campus: International Graduate Research Conference

International research conference gathers global graduate students

By Catherine Harper

The third annual International Research Conference for Graduate Students will take place on the Texas State campus Wednesday, Nov. 2, and Thursday, Nov. 3. Graduate and undergraduate students are invited to view international graduate student research and gain networking opportunities with colleagues in a variety of fields.

Graduate and doctoral students from universities around the nation and the world — including University of Texas at Austin, Texas Tech, University of Southern Illinois, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico and Kookmin University, South Korea — will be in attendance to present graduate research on a variety of topics including Hispanic/Latino studies, mathematics, conservation, climate change and more. A complementary reception will be provided on Wednesday, in addition to a luncheon on Thursday.

On Wednesday, Nov. 2, the conference will fire off with a welcome to all attendees by Dr. Michael Willoughby, dean of Texas State’s Graduate College, starting at 4:30 p.m. in LBJ Student Center Room 3-4.1.

Texas State faculty will lead the presentations Wednesday following the welcoming remarks with Hispanic/Latino research presented by Dr. Alejandra Sorto, associate professor of mathematics; Dr. R. Ivan Blanco, professor of management; Dr. Sindy Chapa, assistant professor of mass communication and associate director of the Center of the Study of Latino and Media Markets; and Dr. Marie De La Colina, associate professor of curriculum and instruction.

Undergraduate and graduate students will have a chance to network with colleagues and faculty in all fields during a complementary reception following Wednesday’s presentations at 6:30 p.m. in the LBJ Student Center Ballroom.

Dr. Mike Willoughby and Gilbert Martinez, professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, will provide a keynote address to end Wednesday’s conference at 7:30 p.m. in the LBJ Student Center Ballroom, with a final presentation by Howard J. Wasserman, professor at Florida International University College of Law, entitled “Libel Tourism” in consonance with the 2012 Common Experience theme “Freedoms: The First Amendment.”

On Thursday, Nov. 3, the conference will come to life with student and faculty presentations beginning at 9 a.m. with a welcome by Dr. Sandy Rao, assistant Dean of the Graduate College, in LBJ Student Center Room 3-14.1.

Texas State University System Regents’ Professors Dr. John T. Baccus and Dr. David R. Butler will lead the presentations in a Distinguished Research Panel on conservation and climate change.

Complementary coffee and snacks will be provided from 10-10:30 a.m. before panels begin, with presentations by graduate students on a spectrum of topics from literature to world democracies. Texas State student and faculty moderators will judge the presentations based on objectives, methodology, findings and significance as well asconducting final questions. Check out the full schedule of presentations here.

Booths will be set up providing information on doctoral programs at the complementary Thursday luncheon starting at 12:15 p.m. in the LBJ Student Center Ballroom.

Sponsors for the International Research Conference for Graduate Students include Texas State’s Office of Research and Federal Relations, the 2012 Common Experience, ASG Graduate House, McCoy College of Business, University Book Store and University Lectures Committee, as well as Texas State’s colleges, schools and departments.

For more information about the International Research Conference for Graduate Students, visit the Graduate College website.

Edited on 11/2/11 with more information about attending universities and judging criteria.

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