1st Place Winner:
FACES: Foster Care Alumni Creating Educational Success (The Bridge Project)
The winning team comprised of Christine Norton, Social Work, Eleanor Close, Physics, Lindsay Timmerman, Communication Studies, Luz Murillo, Curriculum & Instruction, Megan Newhouse Baily, Health & Human Perf., and Shawna White, Journalism and Mass Communication
2nd Place Winner:
The team comprised of Nico Schuler, Music, Shuying Sun, Mathematics, Ruth Taylor, Marketing and Kaipeng Wang, Social Work
3rd Place Winner:
The team comprised of Viola Benevente, Nursing, Erik Timmerman, Communication Studies, Stephanie Dailey, Communication Studies, Jessica Raley, Health Professions, De Gardner, Health Professions, Grace Kim, Social Work and Ranjini Mohan, Communication Disorders
The team comprised of MiHyun Kim, Art and Design, Louie Team Valencia, History, Rachel Romero, Sociology, Daniel Carter, Journalism and Mass Communication, Richard Warms, Anthropology and Zika Handayani, Engineering Technology
The team comprised of Steve Rayburn, Marketing, Linda Nasr, Marketing, Sid Anderson, Marketing, David Angelow, Computer Information Systems, Zo Ramamonjiarivelo, Health Administration, Tahir Elkin, CIS
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The team comprised of Rebecca David, Geography, Moria DiMauro Jackson, Modern Languages and Andrea Dennison, CLAS-Education
The Living Room Wins at CoSearch 2016 Research Competition
Second Annual Cross-disciplinary Prize Provides Kickstart to Novel Research Proposal
Thirty faculty members representing every college at Texas State University spent 24 hours forming into four teams to conceive, develop and pitch unique research proposals aimed at solving critical social problems. Teams then presented their research proposals to a panel of ten judges on topics including student hunger on college campuses, empathy training and the effects classroom design can have on student productivity. The winning pitch called “The Living Room,” proposed the development of a mobile app to match under-utilized spaces in homes, churches, company conference rooms, community centers and public places with performance artists and groups in need of rehearsal venues.
Neil Patrick Stewart, a professor in the department of theatre and dance who led the winning team’s presentation said, “Our aim is to turn dead space into living rooms. Like Airbnb has done for travelers, our app will support artists, performers and groups who need rehearsal space. Space providers get the benefit of having art come to life right in their own homes or workplaces.” “The Living Room” project members include: Denise Gobert (Physical Therapy), Joey Martin (Music), Ron Ulen (Music), Jason Kwak (Music), Prisca Ngondo (Public Relations), Cheri DeVol (Theatre), Omar Lopez (Occupational Workforce & Leadership), Tom Dugdale (Theatre), and Dan Tamir (Computer Science).
The team plans to leverage its CoSearch prize to draw on additional funding sources and estimates an app development timeline of 18 months. The group plans to activate the app by engaging the more than 1,100 Texas State University Fine Arts students as word of mouth marketers.
College of Fine Arts dean, John Fleming reflected on The Living Room’s win by saying, “This is what the CoSearch process does. In just 24 hours, an incredible new idea has been conceived and now has seed funding. This is research with relevance that can scale to every college campus and community in the country.”
The 2nd place team focused on “Student food insecurity on campus.” An estimated 7,500 students at Texas State that deal with food insecurity every school year. The goal is to partner with student affairs, retention office, to assess hunger on campus and, partnering with local food distributors, develop a student-led, on-campus, food pantry that evolves into a non-profit grocery store.
CoSearch 2016 was facilitated by Greg Tehven, a curator with TEDx, and nationally sought-after workshop leader. San Marcos Mayor and Texas State graduate, Daniel Guerrero, served as the event’s keynote speaker. 126 supporters attended the final presentations and celebration in the Performing Arts Center.
Texas State University’s CoSearch 2016 Research Competition Winners
The winning team, pictured below comprised of Dan Tamir from the Department of Communication Science, Rebekah Fox, Kristen Farris, from the Department of Communication Studies and Aimee Roundtree from the Department of English.