Tarleton Student Researchers Shine at Annual Pathways Symposium


STEPHENVILLE — A pair of Tarleton State University doctoral students took first and second place in the Texas A&M University System Pathways Student Research Symposium, March 4 and 5. 

Marissa Hayes and John Galloway were among 15 winners from Tarleton at the annual system research showcase, hosted this year by Texas A&M-Galveston. Forty-four students qualified to participate.

“My hearty congratulations to all of our TAMUS Pathways winners for their remarkable achievements,” said Dr. Rupa Iyer, Vice President for Research, Innovation and Economic Development. “We are so proud of their hard work.”

Hayes, in her second year of doctoral study, took first place with her presentation, “Invisible Damage: An Analysis of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Crime Victimization of Women, Race, and Ethnicity.” Galloway, a first-year student, earned second place in the Social Science competition with “Crisis Intervention Teams: Exploring Their Relationship to Call Reduction and Time on Call.”

The symposium is open to undergraduate and graduate students from all 11 TAMUS institutions. The students present their research to, and network with, faculty members, judges and other students across the system. Separate categories feature undergraduate, master’s and doctorate posters, or oral presentations. 

“Our students did a fantastic job presenting their research,” said Adelaide Caudle, Communications Manager in the College of Graduate Studies. “They worked hard with their faculty members, and it certainly paid off. I am extremely proud of each and every one of them.”

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Tarleton State University sent 44 student researchers to last weekend’s Pathways Student Research Symposium at Texas A&M Galveston. Fifteen of the Tarleton students were named winners at the annual competition.

Master’s winners in the Agriculture and Natural Resources competition were Katherine Hays, who was first with “Soil Nutrient Correlations to Biochar, Manure, and Tillage Practices.” Samantha McGovern’s “Effect of Dietary Hempseed Meal on Growth Performance and Dry Matter Intake in Yearling Rough-stock Bulls” took second, and Ashley Mason presented the third-place “Effects of Oral Supplementation of Cannabidiol on Young Stallion Behavior.”

“Tarleton State University was very well represented at the Pathways symposium,” said Dr. Barry Lambert, Interim Dean for the College of Graduate Studies. “The quality and diversity of research presented by our students is a direct result of President Hurley’s vision of providing broad access to faculty-led research experiences for our students.”

Other winners at the master’s level were Torie Henderson, first place in Business and Information Technology with “Catch 22-Study 2”; Ethan Welborn, second place in Engineering and Computer Science with “Deep Neural Networks with Mask R-CNN for Detection, Tracking, and Speed Estimation of Vehicles”; and Keelyn Breenan, second place in Social Science with “Operator Preview Effects in Multiplication: Evidence of Absence or Absence of Evidence?”

Tarleton’s undergraduate winners in Biomedical and Health Sciences were Bonnie Large, first with “Perception and Likelihood of Phage Therapy Adoption Among Primary Care Providers: A Cross-sectional Study,” and second-place Lindsay Rankin with “A Bilateral Comparison of Overuse Shoulder Rotation in Overhead Throwing Athletes.”

Tarleton undergrads also took the top two spots in Business and Information. Madison Reich was first with “A Student Run Business Applying Experiential Learning Operates in College of Business,” and Julia Fincher’s “Marketing of Cannabis Over the Years” took second.

Other Tarleton undergraduates placing at the symposium were Isabella Zapata, whose presentation “A Diffusion-Model Decomposition of the Unit Decade Compatibility Effect in Two-digit Number Comparison” was first in Mathematics andPhysical Science; Jayce Thedford, second in Engineering and Computer Science with “Payload Design of an Automated Radio Frequency Enabled Camera System for a Launch Vehicle”; and Atley Billen, whose “Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention” took third in Social Science.

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