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Jaime Trevino

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Criminal Justice, College of Applied Arts

Awards: Placed 3rd in the student research competition celebrating the 50th anniversary of the School of Criminal Justice 

Research Interests: Artificial Intelligence in Law Enforcement agencies  

Hobbies: You can't beat floating down the river with my good friends, binging Netflix, and playing video games

#1 Tip for surviving grad school: Remember to make some time just for you to do the things you like and enjoy. Grad school is very stressful and you will burn yourself out if you are not able to balance out this stress, so go out and enjoy yourself

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Prokash Deb Palash

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Agricultural Sciences, College of Applied Arts

Research Interests:  Aquaculture and Fisheries Economics

Hobbies:  Hiking, Badminton, Cricket, Table Tennis, Soccer, Biking.

#1 Tip for Surviving Graduate School: Once a wise man advised a grad student, "Do what you love or love what you do". That's the only mantra of survival.

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Liliana Renteria

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Exercise Science, College of Education

Graduate Research Assistant for the Metabolic and Applied Physiology Lab

Research Interests: Implementing dietary and exercise interventions to improve cardiometabolic health and performance.

Other Organizations: President of the Exercise Science Graduate Student Organization

Hobbies: Hiking, random road trips, baking, stargazing, and spending time at the beach.

#1 Tip for Surviving Graduate School: Don't be afraid to talk to your Advisor. They will help you in any way they can. Also, don't forget to prioritize your health-mental and physical health is important!

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James Dyer

Graduate House Parliamentarian 

Doctoral Program in Developmental Education, College of Education

Research Interests: Postsecondary Literacy

Hobbies: Biking, running, climbing, falling.

#1 Tip for Surviving Grad School: Don’t brag about staying up till 4 am to write that paper that you pushed off until the last minute. Brag about that time where you convinced your professor to give you an extension so that you could get some sleep. Also, teach your cat to cook your meals and write your dissertation for you. 

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Andi Ivins

Communication Studies, College of Fine Arts and Communication

Honors & awards: Reed Holmes Memorial Award for Composition (2019)

Research Interests: Leitmotif Manipulation in Programmatic Music, Electro-Acoustic/Multimedia Compositions, Immersive Experimental Theatre

Other Organizations you are a part of: Mysterium New Music Ensemble, ASCAPHobbies: Video Games & Video Game Design, Anime, Dad rock, Graphic Art, and Weaving.

#1 Tip for Surviving Graduate School: Never take sleep, instant ramen, or a good old-fashioned Netflix binge day for granted. Take care of yourself.

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Morgan Cessac

Communication Studies, Master's Program, College of Fine Arts and Communication

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Leah Frye

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Chair Campus Life Committee 

Healthcare Administration, College of Health Professions

Graduate Instructional Assistant 

Research Interests: Strategic Management, Healthcare Quality, & Public Health

Other Organization: American College of Health care Executives, Healthcare Leadership Coalition, National Intramural-Recreational Association 

#1 Tip for Surviving Graduate School: Study hard, make the most of your resources, and remember to take a step back and experience life. 

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Elizabeth Flores

Healthcare Administration, College of Health Professions

Research Interests: 

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Rex Wyatt

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Sociology, College of Liberal Arts


Texas State University Liberal Arts Award for Academic Excellence 

Eight-time Dean’s List Recipient 

Research Interests: U.S. foreign policy, International diplomacy 

Other Organization: Political Science Honor Society—Former Vice President 

Alpha Chi National College Honor Society 

Sigma Nu Eta Tau—Former Vice President 

Hobbies: Reading, writing, mountain biking, playing guitar, traveling, listening to music, being in the river, sports  

#1 Tip for Surviving Grad School:  Never be afraid to ask for help when you need it. Texas State has tons of great resources all around; make sure to take advantage of them—particularly your professors. 

And remember: “The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled.”    -Plutarch

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Jokwon Babgby

Graduate Instructional assistant
Master's in Spanish Lit., Poetry, & Linguistics, College of Modern Languages 

Research Interests: Al-Andalus

Hobbies: Sports, Music & trokiando 


#1 Tip for Surviving Grad School: Work along with your colleagues and communicate with each other every week 


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Jessica L Chung

Human Resource Management, McCoy College of Business

Research Interests:

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Nishant Gurung

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Graduate House Leader

Co-Chair Budget + Finance Committee

Masters in Computer Science, College of Science and Engineering

Graduate Assistant

Research Interests: Data Structures & Algorithms

Hobbies: Cooking, Reading Books and Watching Sci-Fi Movies. 

#1 Tip for Surviving Graduate School: 

 "If you love it, you'll teach yourself. If you don't love it, others will teach you" --wise words from a business entrepreneur, I heard a long time ago

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Ashley Brown

McCoy College of Business M.B.A. program

Media Director & Head Coach at Tri-County Volleyball Association

Other Organizations: Local Business Owner of Brownie Photography & Production

Hobbies:  Volleyball, hiking, swimming, running, dancing, painting, film, and photography

#1 Tip for Surviving Graduate School:  Focus on Time management & take some time for yourself to keep your mental health in check.

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Chandan Howlader

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Material Science, Engineering and Commercialization, College of Science and Engineering

Research Interests: Laser, Photovoltaic, Printed Electronics and Fabrication technology.

Hobbies: Gardening, fishing, badminton, cricket, biking, travelling, hiking. 

#1 Tip for Surviving Graduate School: Know the expectations of your supervisor and discuss all your concerns with them. 

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