Ash chosen for ESP’s Peer Review Board
In a first for an MSU Texas student, senior accounting and finance major Richard Ash has been invited to be part of the Peer Review Board for the Economics Scholars Program (ESP), a joint project between the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and Austin College that promotes the research of undergraduate economics students.
Members of the Peer Review Board are invited to the board, and must have been presenters at previous conferences, the ESP’s cornerstone event. Each year, students and faculty from institutions across the United States and Canada meet to share undergraduate student-initiated or student-faculty coauthored works, ideas about the role of undergraduate research in the curriculum, and the challenges and concerns of undergraduates who conduct research.
Ash’s first presentation at an ESP conference was in 2016, when he presented research that he had developed as part of the EURECA (Enhancing Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities) program. In 2017, he was one of 39 students selected nationwide to make an oral presentation at the ESP conference. His presentation was titled “On the Effect of Remittances on Poverty through Human Capital in Developing Countries: Are Developing Regions Different?”
As a Peer Review Board member, Ash will confer with other board members to review undergraduate submissions and choose the presentations for this year’s conference, which will be held April 6 in Dallas. He is mentored by Assistant Professor Pablo Garcia-Fuentes. Ash is also a member of MSU Texas’ nationally ranked cycling team.
Brock to attend ASRT leadership development program
Haley Brock, a radiologic technology student at Midwestern State University, has been selected to participate in the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) 2018 Student Leadership Development Program.
Brock was one of approximately 100 radiologic science students chosen from around the country to participate in the program. As part of the application process, students were required to write a 500-700 word essay on how they expect to grow professionally by participating in the program.
Brock said she was honored to be chosen for the prestigious program. “Words cannot express the opportunity that I have been given to represent Midwestern State University Radiology as well as the State of Texas. This achievement is a dream come true for me and an experience that I will forever carry with me throughout my radiology career,” she said.
She will receive an expense-paid trip to the 2018 ASRT Educational Symposium and Annual Governance and House of Delegates Meeting June 21-24 in Las Vegas. In addition, Brock will attend educational courses specifically designed for students, attend the House of Delegates meetings and be assigned a mentor from the profession.
The ASRT is the world’s largest radiologic science association and represents more than 153,000 medical imaging and radiation therapy professionals in the United States. The society also provides radiologic technology students with the tools, services, and support they need to prepare for careers in medical imaging and radiation therapy.
For more information about the ASRT and opportunities for radiologic science students, visit www.asrt.org/students.
MSU Texas student to present geoscience research in D.C.
Midwestern State University student Alexandria Weiskircher Stevenson was chosen as one of 60 students nationwide to present her research at Posters on the Hill in Washington, D.C. April 17-18.
Alexandria is a three-semester EURECA (Enhancing Undergraduate Research Creative Activities) scholar and current graduate student in the Kimbell School of Geosciences. She is the first MSU Texas student to present at Posters on the Hill. Her research mentor is Dr. Jonathan Price, Chair and Prothro Distinguished Associate Professor of Geological Science.
Alexandria’s childhood love of rocks and minerals became more focused during Price’s spring 2016 petrology class and a field trip to the Wichita Mountains. She became interested in Quanah granite, with its stunning outcrops near Elk Mountain, and decided to map and characterize the different textures seen on its margin to constrain its emplacement history. Her resulting research presentation, “Magmatic Timing in an Ancient Rift,” received the award for Best Poster Presentation in the fall 2017 Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Forum held at MSU Texas.
The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) sponsors Posters on the Hill each spring, giving students the opportunity to present their projects to members of Congress on Capitol Hill in an effort to illustrate the importance of undergraduate research. CUR, founded in 1978, is a national organization of individual and institutional members representing more than 900 colleges and universities. Hundreds of students nationwide apply to present at Posters on the Hill.
Dr. Marcy Brown Marsden, Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics at MSU Texas, and Dr. James Johnston, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, will sponsor the travel to Posters on the Hill. MSU is an enhanced institutional member and all faculty, staff, and students may join CUR at no cost under the MSU membership.