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TAMIU Welcomes 400+ to Pathways Student Research Symposium Nov. 7 - 8 Posted: 10/27/19

TAMIU Welcomes 400+ to Pathways Student Research Symposium Nov. 7 - 8


Dr. Jennifer Coronado
Dr. Jennifer Coronado  

Over 400 student and faculty representatives from throughout the sprawling Texas A&M University System will gather at Laredo’s Texas A&M International University for the 16th Annual Pathways Student Research Symposium Nov. 7 – 8. 

TAMIU president Dr. Pablo Arenaz said he is excited to be hosting Pathways participants, especially in TAMIU’s 50thAnniversary year. 

“This is a special honor for us to showcase TAMIU and its compelling story for our System counterparts…and to let them be a part of our 50th Anniversary Story.  Just as TAMIU was founded to foster academic inquiry, research and service, the Pathways Symposium offers a System-wide forum to explore and share meaningful research and collaboration,” Dr. Arenaz said.

Dean of the Graduate School and Symposium local organizer, Dr. Jennifer Coronado, said planning for the Symposium has been going on for the past 12 months with a Planning Committee. 

“We’ve been able to build on previous Pathways’ successes while providing some experiences which uniquely attest to our campus and culture,” Dr. Coronado explained, “For example, in addition to our legendary hospitality, we’ll have special Planetarium showings, campus tours, an opportunity to view our Saint John’s Bible in the Killam Library, a chance to hear our Sharkey Corrigan Organ, a dedicated Graduate School Fair, professional headshot opportunities and more… all part of a dynamic “Passport” model that provides a guided experience.”

Professional development opportunities are also scheduled with diverse topics including funding opportunities for graduate school,  a panel featuring current graduate students sharing their experiences,  potential career options and paths available to those with a terminal degree, and more. 

A special Keynote Presentation will be provided by Natividad Roberto Fuentes, a postdoctoral fellow supported by the Texas A&M University Regulatory Science in Environmental Health and Toxicology Training Grant. He conducts research in A&M’s Department of Nutrition and Food Science and is originally from nearby Alice, TX. 

The overarching focus of the Symposium is on competitive academic presentations which will be judged in dedicated sessions.  Award recipients will be announced in a special Closing Ceremony. 

Throughout the Symposium TAMIU will utilize a dedicated smartphone App which will guide all aspects of the Pathways experience and includes agendas, maps, presenter information, sessions, FAQs and more.  It is available on Apple’s App Store or Google Play.  The campus-wide Wi-Fi system will support all visitors from participating institutions. 

The 2020 Pathways Student Research Symposium will be held at Texas A&M University in College Station. 

The Texas A&M University System is one of the largest systems of higher education in the nation, with a budget of $6.3 billion. Through a statewide network of 11 universities, a comprehensive health science center, eight state agencies, and the RELLIS Campus, it more than 153,000 students and makes more than 22 million additional educational contacts through service and outreach programs each year. System-wide, research and development expenditures exceeded $996 million in FY 2017 and helped drive the State’s economy. 

Throughout 2019-2020, TAMIU is celebrating its 50thanniversary and its 25th anniversary at its north Laredo campus.  A dedicated website shares the University’s transformation from a hybrid upper-level university to a full doctoral degree-granting University. It traces the University’s history, shares its impact in personal stories and includes a calendar of Anniversary events and more at

For additional information, contact the TAMIU Office of Public Relations, Marketing and Information Services at 956.326.2180, email, click on or visit offices in the Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library, room 268.

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