Texas Tech University

Winners of the 2019 Arts & Humanities Graduate Student Research Conference Announced

Amanda Bowman

December 11, 2019

Arts & Humanities Conference Poster

Master’s and doctoral students presented their thesis topics to a judging panel.

Texas Tech University's Graduate School hosted its ninth annual Arts & Humanities Graduate Student Research Conference on Nov. 19. The conference featured paper presentations, between 10 and 15 minutes, by graduate students, highlighting research and work in the arts and humanities.

"Not only do these competitions allow our students to showcase their scholarly work to the broader community, but they also provide students an opportunity to develop and hone their communication skills – skills that are essential in the workforce, whether in academia or in another sector of the economy," said Mark Sheridan, dean of the Graduate School and vice provost for graduate and postdoctoral affairs.

The winners were determined by a panel of judges who rated each presentation. The winners in each category are:

  • Contemporary media analysis – Daisy Milman, doctoral student, mass communications
  • Design consideration – Iman Pirzadeh, doctoral student, design
  • Digital communication – Austin Shurtliff, doctoral student, mass communications
  • Financial concerns – Kaplan Sanders, doctoral student, personal financial planning
  • Health and well-being – Emily Glaeser, master's student, geosciences
  • History – Morgan Hargrave, master's student, history
  • Instruction and learning – Xiaofang Zeng, doctoral student, curriculum and instruction
  • Issues in education (tie) – Hamid Noghanibehambari, doctoral student, economics; Elizabeth Klammer, doctoral student, curriculum and instruction
  • Literary analysis – Lawrence Chamunora, master's student, classical and modern language and literatures
  • One-act plays (tie) – Lindsay Rigney, director, master's student, theatre and dance; co-presenters Zach Dailey, director, doctoral student, theatre and dance and Hillary Boyd, writer, master's student, theatre and dance
  • Political issues – Julie Grandjean, doctoral student, mass communications
  • Sociocultural issues – Liz McNaughtan, doctoral student, communication studies
  • Visual and performing arts – Jose Santos Ardivilla, doctoral student, art