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2019 WISE Conference

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2019 Women in Science and Engineering Conference
March 8, 2019
Texas State University, San Marcos TX


The College of Science and Engineering hosted its seventh Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) Conference on Friday, March 8, 2019.

Thank you to all who participated in the WiSE 2019 (Women in Science & Engineering) Conference on Friday, March 8 at the LBJ Student Center on our beautiful Texas State campus! Our annual WiSE Conference welcomes all who support women in STEM - undergraduate and graduate students of all gender identities, as well as faculty, staff, alumni, and community members. 

WiSE 2019 brought together an exciting array of speakers and attendees to discuss timely issues that are important to women at all stages who are pursuing careers in STEM. Our sessions offered all attendees many opportunities for meaningful discussions, experience sharing, professional development, and STEM fun.


2019 Conference Chair
Dr. Susan Holtz
Texas State University
College of Science and Engineering, Dept. of Physics


2019 Guest Speakers

Proclamation from the City of San Marcos
The Honorable Jane Hughson, Mayor

Plenary Speaker
Ali Guarneros Luna, NASA

Keynote Speaker
Sarah Evans, CEO, Well Aware

Networking Circles Sessions Leaders
Helen Biller, Boeing, Inc.
Robert Bardwell, Boeing, Inc.
Tania Betancourt, TXST Dept. of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Ali Guarneros Luna, NASA
Beth Turman, Dell, Inc.
Dr. Shannon Weigum, TXST Dept. of Biology

Dress for Success Speaker
Elisa DeFord, TXST Office of Career Services


2019 Student Poster Session, People's Choice, and EXPO Winners

Congratulations to all of our student winners for their fine academic and research performance!

Congratulations to our 2019 WiSE Research Poster winners:

First Place: Rosa Ramirez (Advisor: Dr. Ivan Castro-Arellano) Possible Hosts for Ornithodoros turicata, a Relapsing Fever vector in Central Texas.

Second Place: Logan Maxwell (Advisor: Dr. Susan Schwinning) Barriers to Native Shrub Establishment on Abandoned Oil and Gas Pads on the Colorado Plateau.

Third Place: Riley Horner (Advisor: Dr. Bahram Asiabanpour) Lean Techniques Applied to Hydroponics.

Third Place: Lizeth Magana (Advisor: Dr. Kurt Retherford) Exposed Ice in Lunar South Pole Permanently Shadowed Regions: A Spectral Analysis by the Lyman Alpha Mapping Project.

Congratulations to our 2019 WiSE "People's Choice" winners:

EXPO: American Chemical Society, Texas State University
EXPO: Astronomy Club, Texas State University
EXPO: Robotics Team, San Marcos High School
POSTER: ‚ÄúCommunicating Scientific Concepts to Non-Scientists‚ÄĚ, Damilola Runsewe

Congratulations to our 2019 WiSE Scholarship winners:
Layla Guyot
Krystie Miner
Stephanie Hotchkiss