CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – As part of a mission to provide more academic and professional development activities to the graduate students of the Island University, several campus departments held the eighth annual Graduate Student Scholarly Symposium on Friday, April 11, in the University Center, Lone Star Ballrooms.
The event was hosted by the Office of Research, Commercialization and Outreach, the College of Graduate Studies, and the ELITE Graduate Program. Participants were able to gain experience presenting in a professional setting while enhancing their resumes. Presenters also had the opportunity to discuss research with faculty and peers, and check out other cutting-edge University research, while interacting with students, faculty, and staff.
“The symposium’s goal is to help the campus be aware of the scholarly work graduate students have performed throughout the year and unite graduate students and faculty across disciplines,” said Elizabeth Shope, Assistant Director of the ELITE Graduate Program.
A total of 23 presenters, who gave poster and oral presentations, represented the University’s five colleges. All presentations were scored by faculty judges who awarded prizes and certificates of excellence to the top-scoring presenters.
“A lot of work goes into preparing a presentation like this,” said Lauren Hutchison, graduate student in the Coastal and Marine System Science program. “I have been conducting research for the past two and a half years on my presentation ‘Linking Coastal Wetland Functions to Ecosystem Services for Enhanced Decision-making and Resilience.’”
Overall Winner: Danielle Kleinhenz, graduate biology student, received $250 for her presentation titled “Assessing Respiratory Health of Cetaceans.”
First Place Oral Winner: Kelly Pennover, graduate marine biology student, received $100 for her presentation titled “Hawaiian Limpet Populations are Partitioned by Island.”
First Place Poster Winner: Erman Gurses, graduate computer science student, received $100 for his presentation titled “Determination of Skin State in Psoriasis using Digital Image Processing.”
Second Place Oral Winner: Jessica Lunt, graduate marine biology student, received $25 for her presentation titled “Turbidity As a Refuge.”
Second Place Poster Winner: Cheryl Croxton, graduate public administration student, received $25 for her presentation titled “Emergency Preparedness in Rural Countries.”