A&M-Commerce Represents at Graduate Student Research Symposium
By: Kim Williams
Commerce, Texas (July 2, 2012)—The Federation of North Texas Area Universities had its third annual Graduate Student Research Symposium on in April at Texas Woman's University. A keynote presentation was delivered by Dr. Debra Stewart, president of the Council of Graduate Schools.
“The Federation of North Texas Area Universities is a consortium of three universities, consisting of Texas A&M University-Commerce, Texas Woman's University, and the University of North Texas,” said Dr. Allan Headley, dean of Graduate Studies & Research. “Through these universities, various graduate programs and activities are coordinated for the benefit of students of the area.”
The Federation has operated since 1968 when it was approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Degree programs offered through the Federation are art, computer science, early childhood education, and reading.
“Students from the three universities get the opportunity to present their research results to not only their peers from across these institutions, but to professors and other experts of the field, who attend,” Headley said. “Having our students attend and present their research as this event is particularly important since it gives them the experience of preparing their research results in a very concise manner, which is presented in the form of a poster presentation, and to discuss these results with their peers and experts of the discipline.”
A graduate student entering a Federated program has access to the combined academic resources of all three universities, including their libraries and laboratories. Benefits to the student include the flexibility of cross-registration at member universities and the option to select major professors, advisors, and thesis or dissertation supervisors and/or directors from any of the schools involved in a particular program area. The student also has opportunities to interact with other advanced students in a broad range of classes, seminars, conferences, and special programs.
"Posters were judged using various criteria, such as the knowledge and confidence of the student in describing their research results;” Headley said. “Gaining an award at such an event gives the students a tremendous motivation as they continue their research projects and complete their graduate degrees.”
2012 Research Symposium Winners are:
Math, Science, and Technology
1. Pramukh Reddy Karla, Texas A&M Commerce, Masters , Computer Science, Location Proofing Using Identity Based Encryption and the Google Cloud on the Mobile Applications
2. Abhishek Kala, UNT, Ph.D. Environmental Science, Modeling Spatial Distribution of Populations Vulnerable to West Nile Virus.
3. Sonali Pandhe, TWU, Ph.D. Molecular Biology, Identification of Regulatory Regions in the Promoter of the Essential Mouse Cytomegalovirus Gene m142.
Education, Humanities, and Social Sciences
1. Natalie Saladino, Texas A&M Commerce, Masters, Applied Clinical Psychology, Effect of a Perpetrator’s Distinct Facial Feature on the Weapon Focus Effect.
2. Drew Curtis, TWU, Ph.D. Counseling Psychology, Does Pinocchio’s Nose Grow in Therapy? An Investigation of Deception in Therapy.
3. Loretta Larey, Texas A&M Commerce, Ph.D. Educational Psychology, Meaning in Life and the Motivation to Become a Global Citizen.