TAMUG Pathways

Jonathan Harton, from West Texas A&M University, goes over his research data with Monica Wong-Ratcliff, an assistant professor at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, during the Pathways Student Research Symposium at the Texas A&M University at Galveston.

By Jennifer Reynolds


More than 500 students from throughout the Texas A&M University System participated in the 10th year of the Pathways Student Research Symposium at the Texas A&M University at Galveston campus.

First convened at TAMUG, the symposium grew from 103 students in 2002, to more than 500 participants this year.

This year, a diverse group of undergraduate and graduate students majoring in education, business and arts and sciences had opportunities to compete to win top honors for the research posters and oral presentations, network with their peers and gain valuable experience.

Participants included students, administrators, faculty and staff from the following:

  • Texas A&M University at Galveston;
  • Texas A&M University-Commerce;
  • Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi;
  • Texas A&M University-Kingsville;
  • Prairie View A&M University;
  • West Texas A&M University;
  • Tarleton State University;
  • Texas A&M International University;
  • Texas A&M University;
  • Texas A&M University-Central Texas;
  • Texas A&M University-San Antonio; and
  • Texas A&M University-Texarkana.

Winners of student research awards can be viewed by accessing http://conferences.tdl.org/tamuspathways2012.

Rear Admiral Robert Smith III, who is president and chief executive officer of TAMUG along with TAMUG leaders Donna Lang, vice president of academic affairs; Tammy Holliday, associate vice president for research and graduate studies; and Antonietta Quigg, associate vice president for research development; participated in the symposium.

All applauded the students for their accomplishments and the Office of Research and Graduate Studies for their efforts.

“Thanks to all for the super success of Pathways,” Smith said. “Through your leadership, dedication, loyalty and perseverance, you have truly executed yeoman service and held fast to standards of excellence that sustain the ethos of this university.”

Holliday commended Nicole Kinslow, director of research and graduate studies and chair for the Pathways symposium committee, for her leadership in organizing the symposium. She also recognized those in TAMUG’s Office of Research and Graduate Studies Office who were part of the symposium core organizing team.

They include Holly Richards, senior academic adviser; Peggy Rutkowski, business coordinator; Carolyn Herman, senior office associate; and Carla Ibanez, student worker. She also acknowledged all of the TAMUG employees who staffed the event.

Lang said Kinslow orchestrated an incredible effort impacting hundreds of student researchers and scores of Texas A&M administrators.

“We would like to extend our thanks to the campus community for their assistance in making this a successful event, especially the support from the information services department, waterfront operations, dining services and the numerous staff and students who volunteered their time to take the numerous visitors on tours and make sure that participants all had a wonderful experience,” Quigg said.

Kinslow thanked all who “put out the welcome mat” for symposium participants who visited TAMUG and participated and supported student research.

“We’re very proud of our campus, and we’re pleased to showcase our diversity of research from seafood safety to oceanography,” she said.

“We’re honored to host a forum of such magnitude, where administrators, faculty and staff from across the Texas A&M System can meet, share knowledge and help launch the next generation of student researchers.”


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