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Project competition helps UTSA grad students excel

By Cindy Brockwell
Special Projects Writer

(Jan. 30, 2009)--UTSA graduate students from all disciplines can show off their research work and compete for cash prizes in the first Graduate Student Project Presentation Competition. The deadline to enter the competition is Feb. 13.

Sponsored by the Teaching and Learning Center (TLC) and the Graduate Student Association, projects will be featured in UTSA's Lone Star Diversity Colloquium. Competitors will receive feedback on their entries, allowing projects to be refined for submission to professional conferences.

Hosted for the first time at UTSA, the competition will allow graduate students to share their work with the UTSA community, visiting students and recruiters from across Texas during the Lone Star Diversity Colloquium, March 27-28, in the University Center on the 1604 Campus. The event will be hosted by the UTSA Graduate School.

The colloquium was established to assist more Texans from under-represented populations to attend graduate school and to encourage these students to complete graduate studies in the state. Projects receive critiques to help make the students more competitive as graduate school applicants. Additionally, participating graduate schools can recruit excellent and diverse graduate students at one site.

>> For more information or to express intent to enter, e-mail Carla Pezzia or Deb Moore of the UTSA Graduate Student Association.

To be eligible for the competition:

  • Students must be UTSA graduate students.
  • Projects must be the students' original work with assistance from professors only in an advisory capacity.
  • Students must attend the Lone Star Diversity Colloquium reception Friday, March 27.

The four competitive categories are science and engineering, social sciences, humanities, and creative works. In each category, $400 will be awarded to the outstanding entry. Awards of $175 each will go to two entries in each category. Awards can be applied to academic events that help further academic and professional careers such as conference fees, workshops and seminars.

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