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About CoSearch


CoSearch Weekend is a two-day intensive retreat where multi-disciplinary teams of researchers and artists will collaborate to develop research plans that will be supported by C3 and carried out over the upcoming academic year. The goal is to break down academic silos and bridge research and creative activity to produce cutting-edge and possible grant-funded projects that unite researchers and artists from the University. Collaboration expert and social entrepreneur Greg Tehven, from Fargo, ND, is back to serve as the facilitator. It is a project supported by the C3 Research Center and the five units of the College of Fine Arts and Communication (School of Art & Design, Department of Communication Studies, School of Mass Communication & Journalism, School of Music, and Department of Theatre & Dance) and outlines a program that would produce research and grant proposals developed by interdisciplinary research teams to create COMMUNITY.

What is CoSearch?

An intense creative conference that produces interdisciplinary research teams tasked with creating unique and innovative research proposals.

Is not an academic conference as research is developed (rather than discussed) through a unique form of community building.

Group facilitators will use creative, interactive, and thought-provoking methods to guide participating teams to successful research proposals.

Who will be involved?

Any faculty member at Texas State is allowed to participate. However, primary entry will be given to the College of Fine Arts and Communication.

Greg Tehven (Startup Fargo) serves as coach and facilitator to guide C3 and the College kickoff the inaugural event. Greg is a pivotal component to ensure the sustainability of Startup Research Weekends. This effort will increase the visibility of College and University, recruit diverse faculty, and strengthen retention. This is a novel idea that is unique for universities but it is often atypical ideas that bring the greatest results.    


When and where is CoSearch?

CoSearch takes place in the month of September opened to faculty in the College of Fine Arts and Communication and other Texas State colleges.

The event is located at Texas State University STAR Park. The address is:

Texas State University STAR Park
3055 Hunter Rd.
San Marcos, TX 78666

CoSearch 2016

Mission Statement

Our goal is to move our college to the next level by developing Community.

We want to enhance the scholarly perceptions of our college by pulling together the 5 Units of Fine Arts and Communication to develop relevant and applicable research outcomes.

This weekend will methodically move participants through the processes of brainstorming, creating and decision-making with an end product of research that focuses on community.

Day 1

  1. Creative Exercises
    Facilitator Greg Tehven started the day off with icebreakers and creativity exercises to help get participants creativity flowing and help them get out of their perspective silos.
  2. Pitches of Possible Research Ideas & Voting
    Once participants' creativity was awakened, proposal pitches began! Participants were given the chance to pitch their research idea. Participants then voted for their favorite idea. Groups were formed based on the top six ideas.
  3. Teams Form, Collaboration Begins
    Teams are given two hours to collaborate and work together on their research project pitch.

Day 2

  1. Teams Continue Working
    Teams are given five hours to work Saturday before their pitches are judged.
  2. Method, Creative, Technology and Presentation Coaching Sessions
    Coaches from various departments will visit the teams to provide research advice.
  3. Keynote Speaker
    A speaker will make an appearance to relay his past experiences.
  4. Research Presentation Competition
    Each team was given four minutes to present their research project proposal. Judges evaluated teams based on a rubric provided by C3 Research Startup's Leadership Team