Texas Tech University

Winners of the 2021 Arts & Humanities Graduate Student Research Conference Announced

Amanda Bowman

November 23, 2021

3 minute thesis

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

Texas Tech University's Graduate School hosted its 11th annual Arts & Humanities Graduate Student Research Conference on Nov. 11. The conference featured paper presentations between 10-15 minutes each 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. First place winners received $300 while second place winners received $200.

The winners in each category are:

  • Design considerations – Eman Nasrallah, doctoral student, design
  • Film studies – Caleb Ward, master's student, English
  • Financial concerns – First place: Tanaka Chimbane, doctoral student, personal financial planning; Second place: N H Manzur E Maula, doctoral student, economics
  • Hospitality and retail management – First place: Xiangyu Weng, master's student, hospitality and retail management; Second place: Atefeh Emadlou, doctoral student, hospitality and retail management
  • Human behavior, social systems and issues – First place: Akshata Balghare, doctoral student, English; Second place: Reda Rafei, doctoral student, history
  • Literary analysis – First place: William Kariampuzha, master's student, English; Second place: Zachary Brandner, doctoral student, classical and modern languages and literatures
  • Media and communication – First place: Sydney Brammer, doctoral student, mass communication; Second place: Ryan Martinez master's student, communication studies
  • One-act plays – First place: Charles Hughes (playwright), master's student, theater, and Kerstin Vaughn (director), master's student, theater; Second place: Garret Milton (director and playwright), doctoral student, theater
  • Political issues – First place: Pablo Hernandez Borges, doctoral student, political science; Second place: Kerry Chavez, doctoral student, political science
  • Visual and performing arts – First place: Bradley Cawyer, doctoral student, music; Second place: Taylor Carmona, doctoral student, music