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Roads to Research Workshops

Roads to Research Grad Chats

The Honors College and the Graduate College offer two Grad Chats each semester. A panel of two to three graduate students from varying fields offer their personal reflections on graduate student life, discuss their research experiences, and answer questions about their approaches to research. Open to all students who would like to learn more about the research process.

Spring 2021: Friday, Feb. 5 at 1pm on Zoom

Katherine Brewer (MA, Student Affairs in Higher Ed), Chisom Ogoke (MFA, English), and Josephine Reynes (MS, Mathematics).

Fall 2020:

Friday, October 16, 2020:
Grad Chat featured Honors graduates Wesley Moore, MA Public History, Sam Smothermon, MS Applied Sociology, and Tucker Thompson, MA International Studies, 1:00pm-2:00pm, on Zoom.
Link to sign up below.

Wesley Moore head shot

Wesley Moore is a graduate student at Texas State University in the M.A. Public History Program. His research interests are various, including European history in the 19th-20th centuries, public history, and social history. After graduating with a B.A. in History, a minor in English, a minor in German, and with honors at Texas State in Spring 2020, he decided to keep going at the school he loved. His undergraduate work culminated with his honors thesis The Funnies of August: American Editorial Cartoons in the Opening Months of the Spanish Civil War, a case exhibit he hopes to construct this year. He is also a big nerd (if that wasn’t already obvious), who was a part of the German National Honor Society (Delta Phi Alpha), the Vice President of the History Club at Texas State, and the Secretary of Nerdfighters at Texas State. He also loves creative writing and published in Texas State’s Persona Literary Magazine in 2019. When he isn’t doing things for Texas State, you can often find him running games of Dungeons and Dragons.

Tucker Thompson is a Masters student at Texas State University, receiving his degree in International Studies. His focus is on humanitarian aid and international development, as he is writing his thesis on the impacts of conditionalities on the Alliance for Prosperity. Tucker graduated with his undergraduate degree in political science and minor in honors in May 2019. His honors thesis focused on using social identity theory to understand how Vietnam War movies were used to alter the public perception of the Vietnam War, years after it ended. 

Sam Smothermon Head shot

Samantha Smothermon is currently an Applied Sociology graduate student at Texas State. Her research interests include criminology, public opinion of criminal justice issues, criminal justice reform, offender reentry, and program evaluation/implementation. Sam's experience in the Honors College (Honors thesis: Student Attitudes Towards Offender Reintegration) helped prepare her for the rigorous nature of grad school and has helped her become a better sociologist.

Undergraduate Research Fellowship (URF) Workshop

Example of an URF workshop, a seminar-style program.

The Honors College offers two preparatory URF workshops per semester to help students prepare their applications. If you would like to attend an online workshop please sign-up: URF Pre-Application Workshops.  

Friday, January 22, 2021

Monday, January 25, 2021