Texas Tech University

Arts & Humanities

Winners of the
13th Annual Arts & Humanities
Graduate Student Research Conference


Design Considerations:

  • 1st Place: Ladan Khalvati
    Designing for Inclusion: Improving Learning Experiences for Children with Learning Disabilities

  • 2nd Place: Emily Krueger
    Co-Presenters: Anna Batalova & Alexandra Marine 

    Ode to Midland: An Outdoor Learning Environment for the Midland Community Theater

Visual & Performing Arts:

  • 1st Place: Troy Scarborough 
    The Necessity for a Possible Dream:  The Creation of the First Master of Fine Arts Terminal Degree Program in Professional Theatre Practice at a Historically Black College or University.

  • 2nd Place: Kirsten Hoogstraten
    Putting the "Ooo" in Oompah: Teaching Musicality to Low Brass Players

Literary Analysis:

  • 1st Place: Kristina Lewis
    Medieval Human-Making: Human Encountering, Interpreting, and Defining the Nonhuman in Early and Middle English Literature 

  • 2nd Place: Maeve Kirk
    An Ethical Reordering: Boundary Collapse in Natalie Diaz's Postcolonial Love Poem

History, Political, Global Issues:

  • 1st Place: Rachel Chovan
    Ensuring Usefulness and Accessibility in Legacy Collections: Updating the 1932 Saddleback Ruin Collection

  • 2nd Place: Oluwaseun Okajare
    Repression, Regime (In)stability and Foreign Direct Investment in Autocratic Developing Countries

Financial Concerns:

  • 1st Place: Yan Lu
    The Predictors of Credit Card Mismanagement

Human Behavior, Social Systems, and Issues:

  • 1st Place: Meghalee Das
    Breaking Barriers in Synchronous Online Instruction: Insights from International Student User Experiences

  • 2nd Place: Elizabeth Goldberg
    The Philosophical Bermuda Triangle: The Muddled State of Pre-Service Science Teacher Philosophical Stances and Practices

Media & Communication:

  • 1st Place: MD Ashraful Goni
    ChatGPT is Here to Help Me or Replace Me? A Case Study on Bangladeshi Journalists

  • 2nd Place: Aubree Herman
    ‘It's Like Flipping a Switch': Understanding the Challenges, Expectations, and Identity of High School Wrestlers

One-Act Play:

  • 1st Place: Benjamin Stanford | Director: Benjamin Smith
    Play Title: "The View"

  • 2nd Place: Tamar Neumann | Director: Rengim Melis Kose | Assistant Director: David Priebe
    Play Title: "A Sacred Exchange"

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