What WT Graduate Students Do and Achieve


Dustin Hume, who is pursuing a Master of Business Administration degree, is serving as one of four software engineer interns for the Executive Office of the President in Washington, D.C.


Graduate students at WTAMU are actively involved in research. Whether working with chemicals in a lab or explicating primary documents, our students are living their learning.

2019 Graduate Student Recipients of WTAMU Killgore Research Grants

  • Megan Miller, biology. Prevalence of Coxiella burnetii in bovine of the Texas Panhandle.
  • Morgan Hamilton, microbiology. Tick-borne pathogens in the Texas Panhandle.
  • Hemanth Vepuri, environmental science. Biological analysis of ice-nucleating particles in precipitation samples from Canyon.
  • Michaela Wegman, art history. Community, the WWII Homefront, and Art: POW Campos in Texas
  • Hunter Todd, wildlife biology. Relationship between microbiome and pathogen occurrence in amphibians of New Mexico.
  • Jessica Heckman, biology. Species Variation in Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis Infection Rates in Anurans.
  • Anna Ceniceros, biology. A Survey and Characterization of the Species of Phytoplankton of the Texas Panhandle.
  • Juliet Ellison, biology. Circadian Regulation of Peripheral Serotonin in Mice under Constant Darkness.
  • David Walden, mechanical engineering. Collection of Heat losses in Industrial Processes using Peltier Modules.
  • Scott Seethoff Jr., computer information systems and business analytics. Designing Problem-based Learning Triggers in an Online Environment: A Gaming Approach.
  • Aubrey Howard, biology. Assessment of PM 2.5 (Particulate Matter 2.5) of the Texas Panhandle and Proposed Remediation.
  • Mara Kinoff, computer information systems and business analytics. Analytical Comparison of Problem-based versus Traditional Learning in Programming.

Presentations and Publications

WTAMU encourages our graduate students to submit their research for presentation and publication. WT hosts an annual Student Research Conference and financially supports our students’ participation at the annual Texas A&M University Pathways Symposium.

2019 WTAMU Graduate Award Winners for the 25th Annual Student Research Conference

Oral Presentations
  • 1st - Hannah Seiver, a graduate student in Animal Science from Canyon
    • "Antibody response, lesions, and performance do not differ between injection site (ischiorectal fossa or neck) after multivalent modified-live virus vaccination in Jersey steers"
  • 2nd - Dexter Tomczak, a doctoral student in Agriculture from Hygiene, CO
    • "Performance, rumination and rumen pH responses to different dietary energy density and feed management strategies in auction derived feedlot cattle"
  • 3rd - Christine Dorsett, graduate student in Psychology from Amarillo
    • "Locus of Control Among Undergraduate Students at Hispanic-Serving Institutions"
  • 1st - Jordan Trees, graduate student in Agriculture from San Antonio
    • "Impact of Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum haplotypes on seed potato sprouting"
  • 2nd - Zachary Salcido, a graduate student in Environmental Science from Odessa
    • "Laboratory Studies of Ice-Nucleating Particles in the Atlantic Sector of the Southern Ocean: Tackling Polar Amplification"
  • 3rd Tie - Marissa Brady, a graduate student in Communication Disorders, from Dumas
    • "Compared Long-Term Effects of Two Voice Therapy Approaches in Individuals with Parkinson's Disease"
  • 3rd Tie - Madison Ward, a graduate student in Communication Disorders, from Weatherford, OK
    • "Speak Out! And Intelligibility in Down Syndrome"
Research Papers
  • 1st - Cuong Nguyen, a graduate student in Business from Danang, Vietnam
    • "The Credit Risk Evaluation Models: An Application of Data Mining Techniques"
  • 2nd - Shayna Chewning, a doctoral student in Agriculture from Old Town, FL
    • "The effect of omega-3 fatty acid supplementation and a controlled-release intramuscular thyroxine injection on serum insulin concentrations in horses"
  • 3rd - Kelsey Knight, a graduate student in Communications from Clovis, NM
    • "Atypical Library: An Analysis of Harry Potter - A History of Magic Using Metaphoric Criticism"