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.

2022 WTAMU Graduate Award Winners for the 28th Annual Student Research Conference

Oral Presentations
  • 1st: First: Thinh Nguyen, graduate student in interdisciplinary studies–chemistry emphasis from Vietnam: “Fermi surface studies of type-II Dirac semimetal candidate NiTe2 using de Haas-van Alphen oscillations”
  • 2nd: Jessica Heckman, graduate student in biology from Canyon: “A Genetic Analysis of Sirens in Texas”
  • 3rd: Katelyn Denney, graduate student in history from Amarillo: “Texas Sundown Towns: A Panhandle Phenomenon?” 

Poster Presentations

  • 1st: Katylyn Richardson, graduate student in animal science from Adrian: “Comparison of Reproductive and Early Growth Performance of an F1 USDA Prime Yield Grade One Carcass Clone Sire and an Industry-Leading Purebred Sire I”
  • 2nd: Keshon Cervantes, graduate student in biology from Amarillo: “Copper Clean Effectiveness Against Representative Organisms from the Human Microbiome”
  • 3rd: Taylor Husz, graduate student in agriculture from Maryville, Missouri: “The Effect of Days on Feed for Feedyard Performance, Health, Carcass, and Organ Characteristics of Angus x Holstein Heifers”

Research Papers

  • 1st: Sania Shaheen, graduate student in agriculture from Dawn, Pakistan: “Exploring the Wheat Demand Determinants and Food Security Challenges in Pakistan”
  • 2nd: Tania Islam, graduate student in agriculture from Bangladesh: “Determinants of Labor Demand of Bangladesh: A Time Series Analysis”

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.

2021 Graduate Student Recipients of WTAMU Killgore Research Grants

  • Gabriele Bognich, Mechanical Engineering. SARS-CoV-2 in Amarillo wastewater.
  • Garrett Cowey, Animal Science. Utilization of accelerometer tags to predict reproductive behaviors in beef cattle.
  • Shaily Goyal, Biology. Reduction in particulate matters and bioaerosol concentration to improve the indoor air quality.
  • Sydney Hickerson, Animal Science. Embryo viability based upon morphokinetics and energy.
  • Taylor Husz, Doctoral of Philosophy in Agriculture. The effect of four different harvest dates on feedyard performance, health, and carcass characteristics of Holstein X Beef heifers.
  • Anna Kobza, Animal Science. Starch dilution with different fiber sources in feedlot cattle.
  • Thinh Nguyen, Professional Chemistry. Fermi surface studies of ZrSiS using torque magnetometry.
  • James Rhodes, Biology. Investigating seasonal fire impacts on pollinators in a sand-sage ecosystem.
  • Katylyn Jo Richardson, Animal Science. Sire comparison of reproductive performance traits and impacts on BeefxDairy production.
  • Carolynn “Lynsie” Salazar, History/Art History. Taos Art Research for Thesis titled: Lots of Love, Gisella.
  • Miranda Stotz, Plant and Soil Science. Evaluation of pasture cropped wheat in grazed and ungrazed grassland.
  • Colin Voiles, Environmental Engineering. Feasibility of tracking COVID-19 spread through rural wastewater using GIS.