Students participate in A&M System's Pathways Research Symposium

A&M Pathways Symposium

Tarleton State University

Thursday, November 15, 2012

STEPHENVILLE, Texas—Student researchers from Tarleton State University earned awards at the 10th annual Texas A&M University System Pathways Student Research Symposium, hosted by Texas A&M University at Galveston, Nov. 9-10.

Twelve A&M System universities participated, with 291 total student poster entries and 48 oral presentations. Tarleton students represented 34 of the entries and returned to campus with several “Distinguished Scholar” awards after receiving scores in the top one and top five percent of all presenters. Six members of the Tarleton faculty also attended the symposium.

Undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students competed against each other in 10 different fields of study: agriculture, business and computer information systems, computer science, education, engineering, environmental science, life science, physical science, social sciences and humanities, and mathematics.

Tarleton students earning “Distinguished Research” honors in the Graduate Level include: Jacqueline Glass (Top 1 Percent)  – Agricultural and Environmental Management, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences; Spatial and Temporal Distribution of Spinose Ear Ticks (Otobius megnini), and Other Tick Species at Fossil Rim Wildlife Center – Advisor, Dr. T. Wayne Schwertner; and Courtney Vroman, Donny Hill and Loyed Jeremy Marshall (Top 5 Percent) – Kinesiology, College of Education; Staying Afloat in Fitness: Analysis of the Swim Proficiency Test as a Graduation Requirement for Undergraduate Students in Kinesiology – Advisor, Dr. Kayla Peak.

“Attending Texas A&M Pathways Student Research Symposium was an excellent opportunity to display my current research, evaluate other students’ research and network with professionals from a wide range of academic fields,” said Heather Ortiz, doctoral student in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.

“I am blessed to have had the opportunity to present my research at Texas A&M University-Galveston. Receiving the top five percent award was an accomplishment, but the overall experience was an incredible life-changing event. In fact, I am now considering the thesis-option as I continue the pursuit of my master’s degree,” said Donny Hill.

“I appreciate reading various professional and research articles as well as the research process much more after attending the symposium,” said Courtney Vroman. “The fact that Dr. Peak was able to teach us and be patient with us throughout the process speaks volumes about her and our university. I now believe I would be able to properly conduct future research studies on my own. I am more confident in my research and presentation skills, which would not have happened without all of the help I received.”

Many of these Tarleton students prepared for the Pathways Student Research Symposium by participating in the Tarleton Student Research Symposium, held Oct. 27.

“Congratulations to all of the researchers who represented Tarleton State University so well and the Office of Student Research and Creative Activities for assistance with expenses for the student travel and poster printing,” said Dr. Linda Jones, dean of Tarleton’s College of Graduate Studies.


Tarleton State University
A member of The Texas A&M University System

Contact: Kurt Mogonye

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