Monthly Archives: October 2013

Women in Science and Engineering Conference

“Sustainability: Preparing for the Long Haul” is the theme of Texas State’s fourth annual Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Conference November 21 and 22.


This event provides opportunities for students studying for careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields to gain insights into successful career practices from experienced female professionals and educators. Faculty and students interested in STEM education will benefit from workshops and posters highlighting both best practices in encouraging students to excel in the STEM disciplines and STEM research ongoing at Texas State.

The conference will feature a career panel of industry professionals and a workshop for current and future educators. Undergraduate and graduate students can participate in the research poster competition, meet and network, and apply for scholarships awarded by event sponsors.

A special program will give high school students the opportunity to meet Texas State women in STEM and to explore opportunities to further their education.

“We will have students from four high schools participating in the conference: San Marcos High, Canyon Lake High, John Paul II Catholic High School and Palacios High School,” says Dr. Dana M. Garcia, a professor in Texas State’s Department of Biology and chair of the conference planning committee.

For alumnae, the conference provides opportunities to return to campus and learn how scientists and engineers at their alma mater are advancing science and engineering practice.

For faculty and research scientists, the WISE Conference is an outstanding opportunity to learn what STEM faculty around campus are doing, identify potential collaborators, and learn about the rich scientific resources right here at Texas State.  This year’s conference will feature faculty research presentations from Texas State’s own College of Science and Engineering faculty and presentations from female engineers from Halliburton, ExxonMobil and IBM.

WISE is now accepting conference registrations, abstract submissions for the poster session and applications for tuition scholarships valued at $1,000 each. There is a pre-conference event with dinner and workshops designed to provide networking opportunities and prepare students for Friday’s conference. The pre-conference is space-limited, so register early to reserve your spot.

To register and see the conference schedule, go to

Spotlight on Excellence at Texas State: Joe McKenna

Criminal justice doctoral student honored at the White House

Photo of McKenna as he receives his award

Joe McKenna (center) contributes to the safety of students everywhere through his work at TxSSC.

By Mindy Green

It is unfortunate that safety in educational settings requires an extraordinary amount of research and preparation. Luckily for Texas State, one of the country’s most prominent research facilities on the subject is right on campus.

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Study Tips: Mastering Multiple Choice

There are techniques you can learn to help you through multiple-choice exams. (photo by albertogp123 /

There are techniques you can use to help you through multiple-choice exams.
(photo by albertogp123 /

Test-taking skills can improve your
success rate

By Texas State SLAC

Have you ever gotten a multiple-choice exam back and heard yourself say, “Why did I mark that answer?” or “Now that I’ve read the question again, the correct answer is obvious!” If those words sound familiar, you might want to rethink your approach to multiple choice exams. Of course, studying to master the content being tested is your best strategy, but here’s a step-by-step process to insure that your test-taking skills are at their best when multiple choice questions get tricky. Continue reading

Study Tips: Do’s and Don’ts for Test Success

How to prevent
self-sabotaging behavior

By Texas State SLAC

Keep calm and study on!

Last-minute studying can cause panic. Photo by digitalcole /

“I have never let schooling interfere with my education.” Mark Twain

Mark Twain teaches a good lesson: Students can get so caught up in making good grades that they forget to learn. Also, students can sabotage their success by using bad study techniques that further hinder their actual learning. Many of you know what you should and should not do before a test, but these tips will be good reminders. Continue reading

Alumni: Laura Romero

One alumna’s journey inspired her

to make an impact on families

By Mindy Green

Photo of a preemie laying in the palm of a hand

Premature babies may require lengthy hospital stays, which can be stressful for parents and older siblings. [Photo from]

Recent graduate Laura Romero is making a lasting impression on some Austin families. During her graduate practicum in the School of Family and Consumer Sciences’ Family and Child Studies program, Romero developed a groundbreaking program that helps siblings of premature babies cope with familial stress during the baby’s long-term stay in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

“My research revealed that very few programs were in place for siblings of children with special healthcare needs, not only across the United States, but worldwide as well,” Romero says.

Romero developed Sibling Sundaes to fill that void.

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