TAMIU Graduate Students Receive Top Honors

TAMIU Graduate Students
Receive Top Honors at Symposium

Two Texas A&M International University doctoral students returned to Laredo with top honors for their research presented at the Texas A&M University System Sixth Annual Student Research Symposium held at Texas A&M University-Commerce.

Humberto Gonzalez, Keri Shannon, Kaveh Moghaddam and Ken Hung
Honor Winners
Two TAMIU graduate students, Kerri Shannon, second from left, and Kaveh Moghaddam, third from left, received top honors for their research at the Texas A&M University System Sixth Annual Student Research Symposium held at Texas A&M University-Commerce. They are accompanied by Dr. Humberto González, dean, Texas A&M International University College of Education, first from left, and Dr. Ken Hung, chair and professor, TAMIU A. R. Sanchez, Jr. School of Business Division of International Banking and Finance Studies, right.

Keri Shannon, Ed.D. first year student, won third place overall among doctoral students’ research and second place in the Education Discipline, doctoral category. Kaveh Moghaddam, first year Ph.D. student, International Business, won second place in the Business and Computer Information Systems Discipline, doctoral category for his “The Role of HR Competency Model Development in Enhancing HR Professionalism.”

In his presentation, Moghaddam introduced a theoretical model of human resource managers’ competency that included four clusters of competencies: personal credibility, functional proficiency, strategic leadership and business knowledge.

“Publishing research results in top journals and participation and presentation of Ph.D. students and faculties in related conferences and winning awards will hopefully contribute significantly to building the image and reputation of the A. R. Sanchez, Jr. School of Business,” said Moghaddam about winning second place at the Symposium.

Shannon’s research focused on developing instructional leadership through district initiatives.

“It was an extreme honor to win among a crowd of such distinguished students among the entire Texas A&M System universities. I owe a huge debt of gratitude to TAMIU for the support and guidance given to me by the professors and my cohort colleagues in the College of Education,” said Shannon.

Other students who presented their work include: Peerayuth Charoensukmongkol, Shaun Sexton, Amirhossein Najafi, Lee (Howard) Kuo-Hao, Cynthia Gallardo, Abel Medellin, Andrés A. Rubio, Elizabeth Greninger, Susana P. Garza, Delma Martínez, Liliana R. Portilla, Mayra L. Peña, Guadalupe Cortinas, José R. Pérez and Elias Alonzo.

The Pathways to the Doctorate program is an A&M System-wide initiative to encourage students – from undergraduate to Ph.D. levels – to pursue their doctoral studies. Each year, the initiative hosts its Research Symposium at a different System site so that students can share their innovative research outcomes.

For more information on graduate programs at TAMIU, contact the TAMIU Office Graduate Studies and Research at 326.3020, visit offices in Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library 326 or click online at tamiu.edu/gradschool

University office hours are 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday, Tuesday and Friday and 8 a.m. – 7 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday.


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