Following these sessions was lunch and the poster session. UGR and BTD students had to make presentations of their research they had been working on to peers and Texas A&M University System (TAMUS) faculty and staff. TAMUS faculty and staff served as judges in the oral presentations.
After lunch, there were two sessions running concurrently, “Graduate School Funding Opportunities”, which was conveyed by Dr. Cajetan Akujuobi . During the session, Dr. Akujuobi spoke on various fellowships available to fund graduate school. He talked about applying to the NSF GRF during your last year of your undergraduate degree. At the end, he opened the session up for the attendees to ask questions. The other session “Resume and CV Writing” was done by Dr. Katie Stober. She talked about some of the things to include on a CV such as teaching and research experience, publications and presentations, grants, scholarships, and professional memberships. For a resume, she talked about having an objective, activities, references and making sure the overall appearance of the resume looks good.
The Symposium concluded with awards and honors given out to the students that placed in their presentation. After this, all four institutions departed and boxed dinners were provided so as not to delay the traveling institutions from getting to their respective locations.
Activity Outcome & Success Story Nuggets:
The UGR students in the graduate panel had many questions for the graduate panel. Additionally, many of the students took notes of the advice and information that the graduate students gave. The Graduate school funding and application process session ran out of time, indicating the success and high interest level the students had in graduate school. The BTD students who placed in the poster competition are as follows: 1st place Taneidra Walker (TAMU), 2nd place Jessica Aviles (TAMU) and 3rd place Mariela Vazquez (TAMU). For the UGR students it was 1st place Kelly Nieto (TAMU), 2nd place Nicandro Pedroza (TAMU-CC), and 3rd place Arianna Bartlett (TAMU-Galveston)