Geography & Environmental Studies Student Research Symposium
GESSRS History and Purpose
Since 2004, the Geography & Environmental Studies Student Research Symposium (GESSRS) (formerly GSRS), has been organized annually by a student-led committee to enable Texas State University students, undergraduate and graduate college students from across the southwest, and geography educators to meet, interact, and collaborate in a research conference setting.
GESSRS is an opportunity for students to share their research as well as practice and receive feedback on their research presentations (paper and poster). The conference is free, includes meals, and offers an optional field trip (for a small fee) to the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment. The event concludes with a paper/poster award ceremony and a keynote address on research in geography by a guest luminary.
This year's keynote address, titled "Five Gallons in a Ten Gallon Hat: The (un)Sustainable Development of Groundwater in Texas" will be presented by Dr. Robert Mace. Dr. Mace currently acts as the Executive Director and Chief Water Policy Officer at The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment and as a Professor of Practice in the Department of Geography at Texas State University. Robert has over 30 years of experience in hydrology, hydrogeology, stakeholder processes, and water policy, mostly in Texas. More information about his keynote address at this year's event can be found on the keynote details page.
Congratulations to our student winners for poster and paper categories. The student symposium was a great success with lots of participation. View our competition winners on our department news section.