Tag Archives: Research

Researchers develop curriculum to improve communication skills of science majors

Researchers at Texas A&M University and Prairie View A&M University are developing curriculum designed to strengthen the communication skills of agricultural, natural resource and food science graduates. Holli Leggette and Theresa Murphrey, faculty members in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications, are developing seven modules of instruction to enhance the communication skills of Texas A&M and Prairie View A&M students as they prepare to become career-ready. “Every student who graduates from a college of agriculture across the country needs to have a basic understanding of communication… Read More →

Developing a new generation of international aid workers

A collaborative project through the United States Department of Agriculture’s Higher Education Challenge Grant Program aims to increase the effectiveness of future international agricultural development workers through on-the-ground training and high impact experiences. Researchers from the Texas A&M Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications (ALEC); Sam Houston State University; and Auburn University have partnered with Christianville Foundation, Inc. in Haiti to provide graduate students the opportunity to immerse themselves into the daily struggles of Haitians. During their week overseas, students work alongside Haitians in Christianville to identify… Read More →

Experts say eye-tracking technology will revolutionize how communicators design messages for consumers

As society becomes increasingly visual, researchers at Texas A&M are testing how eye-tracking technology can change the way advertisers and communicators tailor messages to their consumers and audiences. Tobin Redwine and Billy McKim, professors in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications, say that the goal of visual communicators is to direct their audience to the most important point in everyday items, whether that is advertisements, surveys or social media applications. “Understanding how people process images, from emojis to infographics, helps us better understand how to craft… Read More →

Experts provide advice on how to handle no response in social science research

In the world of social science research, it is important for researchers to conduct effective assessments and form competent evaluations in order to address both local and global issues of communities. But if these same researchers fail to attract usable responses from their survey audience, they are unable to provide solid solutions to real-world problems. In an article titled Handling Nonresponse in Social Science Research, faculty in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications recommend three procedures for handling nonresponse: 1) Comparing early to late respondents, 2)… Read More →

Texas A&M System Universities Awarded Nearly $3 Million From The National Science Foundation

Courtesy Rosana Moreira, Office of Graduate and Professional Studies The Texas A&M University System AGEP Alliance—Texas A&M University, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Texas A&M University-Kingsville and Prairie View A&M University—will receive a $2.8 million grant over 60 months from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop, implement and study a new model for advancing underrepresented minority doctoral candidates in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to careers in academia. The Texas A&M University System AGEP Alliance is also funded by NSF’s Research Traineeship (NRT) Program and its Historically Black… Read More →

Students gain valuable research, travel experience during 10-week summer course

By: Mollie Lastovica Traveling 7,890 miles across four states in the Southwest, six undergraduate students, one grad student and two faculty members were part of a unique research experience this summer. Created by Assistant Professor Billy McKim, Ph.D., the students spent five weeks in a College Station classroom, four weeks on the road and one week wrapping up to earn credit for AGCJ 404, technical writing, AGCJ 481, senior seminar and AGCJ 491, undergraduate research. Each student created a research proposal and worked to collect data for major… Read More →

Study Away

Texas Natural Resource Photography For application and information contact Tobin Redwine at tredwine@tamu.edu credits earned: AGCJ 380 (3)   California Advocacy, Outreach and Engagement: For application and information contact Dr. Billy McKim at brmckim@tamu.edu Credits earned: AGCJ 491 (3), AGCJ 481 (3), ALEC 404, (3)  

Undergraduate Research Reception Gives Students Insight on Research Opportunities

By: Mollie Lastovica In order to expose undergraduate students to the myriad research opportunities available in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications, Assistant Professor Theresa Murphrey, Ph.D., coordinated the ALEC Undergraduate Research Reception that took place March 19. “The reception aimed to foster an opportunity for students to learn more about the research process and to expand working relationships with faculty,” Murphrey said. Graduate Research Assistant Orry Pratt worked with Murphrey to promote the event. He believes that the reception was a great opportunity for undergraduate… Read More →