Learning Communities

Professor with students at research conference


For the 2021-2022 academic year, the College of Applied Arts funded six undergraduate learning communities at $5,000 each from the Department of Agricultural Sciences, the School of Criminal Justice and Criminology, the School of Social Work, and the School of Family and Consumer Sciences. In total, 38 undergraduates were directly involved in a research project with 8 graduate student mentors. Overall, 37 out of the 38 (97%) completed the project.


Graduate School Acceptance

Seven of the participating undergraduates applied and were accepted into a graduate program for Fall 2022

  • 1 Human Development and Family Studies (Texas State)
  • 2 Human Nutrition (Texas State)
  • 1 Integrated Agricultural Sciences (Texas State)
  • 1 Psychology (Texas State)
  • 1 Counseling (Texas State)
  • 1 Human Nutrition (Baylor)

Publications & Presentations

  • 8 peer-reviewed journal manuscripts are in progress
  • 19 research posters at the Texas State University Undergraduate Research Conference
  • 1 oral presentation at the Texas State University Undergraduate Research Conference
  • 10 research posters at national conferences
  • 1 national conference paper presentation
  • 1 national conference roundtable presentation
  • 1 national conference research abstract
  • 1 workshop abstract

Conferences Attended

Professor with students at conference
Family and Consumer Sciences learning community students at the American Association for Cancer Research Conference in Boston, MA.


  • Southwestern Psychological Association Convention - Baton Rouge, LA
  • Texas Council of Family Relations Conference - Plano, TX
  • American Association of Agricultural Education Western Regions Conference - Las Cruces, NM
  • Association of Career and Technical Education Research Conference - Las Vegas, NV
  • Agricultural Consortium of Texas Conference - Abilene, TX



External Grant Funding in Progress

  • NSF grant resubmission in progress
  • USDA AFRI grant to be submitted September 2022
  • NIH R16 grant in progress
  • American Cancer Society grant to be submitted October 2022