Tag Archives: Research

Students: 5 Tips to Prepare for the Future


“While I take inspiration from the past, like most Americans, I live for the future.”  — Ronald Reagan

Take a coffee break and start thinking about what your next step is, Bobcats.

Take a coffee break and start thinking about what your next step is, Bobcats.

So many times we are reminded to live in the present, but we still need to prepare for the future. And if you are reading this, you have a future. Whether you are a freshman or a senior, listen well: it’s never too early or late to have a game plan. In “Advice for Students: Start Planning Now for Life After College,” Dustin Max tells students not to view college as a break from real life but to start seeing it as a stage of real life. Here’s how:

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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 wise.cose.txstate.edu

Texas State Updates: Nanotechnology

New electronics material
comes closer to reality

A scanning electron microscope picture shows the structure of graphene. (Photo courtesy the University of Houston, via Purdue University)

A team of researchers, including Texas State University’s Qingkai Yu, have developed a method for creating a single-atom-thick material that someday could replace silicon in high-performance electronic devices.

The nanotechnology study was the result of work done at Texas State, Purdue University, the University of Houston, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Argonne National Laboratories and Carl Zeiss SMT Inc. Continue reading

National Science Foundation Workshop

National Science Foundation holds workshop at Texas State

By Billi London-Gray

Texas State University-San Marcos was selected by the National Science Foundation to host a day-long workshop Feb. 18 covering its mission, programs and funding opportunities. Faculty and researchers from Texas State and neighboring organizations attended the workshop.

“I am very excited that this event will give faculty from Texas State and surrounding institutions the opportunity to form relationships for future collaborations and partnership opportunities,” said Dr. Perry Moore, provost at Texas State, in his welcoming remarks. “I believe collaboration will be the key to maintaining external funding and growing the research enterprise at all of our institutions.”

More than 300 attendees, professionals in scientific fields ranging from economics to computer engineering to biology, gathered at the LBJ Student Center on campus to learn about NSF programs and the proposal review process.

According to a statement from the NSF, “It is our hope that events such as this will stimulate new interest in NSF programs at institutions that have not been among our traditional customers, as well as at premier research institutions.”

To learn more about research initiatives at Texas State, visit the website of the university’s Associate Vice President for Research.

To learn more about National Science Foundation workshops and lectures, visit the NSF Events page.

Rising Stars: Megan Trad

For radiation therapy leader, compassion is the key in all her roles

By Billi London-Gray

Few people would think of hospice work as being synonymous with classroom studies. But for Professor Megan Trad and her radiation therapy students at Texas State University, caring for dying patients provides the best lessons.

Trad came to Texas State to further her own education as an undergraduate. She then worked as a radiation therapist at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, where she researched the benefits of mentoring on radiation therapy students for her graduate thesis.

Now a professor of radiation therapy and a doctoral student in the College of Education, Trad is changing the way radiation therapy students are trained. She’s started a new service learning program that connects her research on educational methods and her students to the heart of healing through hospice volunteering.

Read more of Megan Trad’s story at txstate.edu/rising-stars.