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Roads to Research Workshops

Spring 2022 Roads to Research Grad Chats

Next Grad Chat: Tuesday, April 12, 5PM Comal 116


The Roads to Research series showcases graduate students from varying fields and allows them to offer their personal reflections on graduate student life, discuss their research experiences, and answer questions about their approaches to research. 

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Grad chat panelists, Chisom Ogoke, Rachel Frith, Monica Argueta and Andrea Pinon

Andy Pinon is a Ph.D. student earning her doctorate in Geography with a research focus in Zoogeomorphology using Remote Sensing and Structure from Motion technologies to study landcover change. Her research helped her earn a 2019 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS), a program managed by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Cultural and Educational Affairs, to study Swahili in Tanzania last summer. She plans to use her newly acquired language skills during her dissertation field work next Spring in Equatorial Africa where she will study gorillas in the wild. Andy graduated from Honors College in 2016 and conducted her honors thesis research on riparian landscape restoration following a catastrophic flood. She is also a 2014 Terry Transfer Scholar and has served several years as a Terry Interview Panelist. As an undergraduate, Andy studied abroad in South Africa at the Center for African Conservation Ecology at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. As a graduate student, she served as a Study Abroad Program Assistant in Norway and Iceland. She currently manages several research projects including one for Westcave Preserve and a remote sensing project exploring hippo zoogeomorphic influence in Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania. Andy teaches undergraduate Geomorphology and Physical Geography lab courses in the Geography Department at Texas State. When she’s not researching, writing, or teaching, Andy enjoys camping and hiking with her husband and dogs.  

Chisom Ogoke is a fiction candidate within the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program at Texas State. She is a professor of first-year English and a Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship recipient. In 2019, she graduated from Texas State with honors, double majoring in English and anthropology. Her undergraduate honors thesis was a creative project titled, "Sekoia and the Books of the Galápagos," in which she utilized fiction to discuss theories in anthropology. She is currently pursuing her master's thesis, a novel which explores the power of storytelling and oral tradition.  

Monica Argueta was raised in Mexico and graduated from Texas State University with a B.S in biology in 2020. Her honors thesis title was Using Gene Sequencing to Investigate the Phylogenetic Relationships Between Intradermal Mites in Anurans in Central Texas. She is a first-generation student currently pursuing a M.S in Biology. Monica is studying amphibian parasite genetics under the mentorship of Dr. David Rodriguez. Her passions are hiking, birding, and walking her schnauzer, Shakira. 

Rachel Frith is currently in the Professional Counseling program at Texas State and plans to become a licensed professional counselor after graduation. Her areas of interest include mindfulness and play therapy. She graduated from Texas State in 2019 with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Spanish. She graduated in the Honors College after completing her undergraduate thesis, Proposing a Sociolinguistic Dimension to Language Endangerment: The Case of Texas German and receiving an URF. 

Undergraduate Research Fellowship (URF) Workshop

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

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

Friday, January 21, 2022
on Zoom

Friday, January 28, 2022
on Zoom

If you cannot attend during these times, contact Ron Haas,, to set up an online appointment.