STEPHENVILLE, Texas –Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi sponsored 12 Islander students in attending the 14th annual Pathways Student Research Symposium, and half the group took home top awards – either 1st, 2nd or 3rd place. Faculty attending who also served as judges for the event included Dr. Susan Dyess, Associate Dean of Graduate Programs in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences; Dr. Ruby Mehrubeoglu, Professor of Engineering in the College of Science and Engineering; and Dr. Miguel Moreno, Associate Professor of Psychology in the College of Liberal Arts. Each of the colleges represented at Pathways had two award recipients.
Tarleton State University, a member of The Texas A&M System, hosted Pathways Nov. 2-3. The symposium was open to all Texas A&M University System students with separate categories for undergraduate, master’s and doctoral level research. The symposium provides students the opportunity to showcase their research efforts, network with faculty, gain exposure to graduate and post-graduate opportunities, and form lasting collaborative relationships for future research.
Amanda Murray, an Islander student working to earn a master’s degree in clinical psychology, was the only one in the group to take home a first prize award. Her research was titled “Social Status Influence on Implicit Gender Bias” and her mentor is Dr. Miguel Moreno.
“I’ve never attended a conference before and Pathways seemed like the perfect opportunity to get my feet wet and add that experience to my curriculum vitae,” said Murray. “The cost of attending conferences can really add up, so it was an incentive that our University was sponsoring students and covering the costs of transportation, hotel and meals.”
Murray’s study – which is still in the data-collection process – attempts to uncover any possible gender bias in the Hispanic culture in an academic setting. To prepare for her 12-minute Pathways oral presentation, Murray worked with Moreno, who gave her great advice about “performing” to her audience and working through the nerves.
“During my presentation, I was nervous, but the audience was receptive and engaging, which helped me feel better about my delivery,” said Murray. “Dr. Moreno helped me a great deal to prepare for my presentation. He was able to build up my confidence while still pointing out areas of improvement that I was overlooking.”
Other Islander student winners included:
The College of Graduate Studies organizes this event annually and is proud to support the growing research culture and advance the University’s mission to become an Emerging Research University. Not only do students have an opportunity to articulate their research in front of peers and faculty in the Texas A&M System, it is also an opportunity for faculty to scout for and recruit students for their graduate programs.
“It is a privilege to work with the faculty and students and promote their amazing work and talent,” said Dr. JoAnn Canales, Dean of the College of Graduate Studies at A&M-Corpus Christi. “Being in a position to facilitate showcasing our faculty and students is by far the best part of being Graduate Dean.”