UIW Research Week | April 11 - 14, 2023


The University of the Incarnate Word is excited to host the 16th Annual Research Week on April 11 to 14, 2023. View the UIW campus map for the location of events throughout the week.

Calendar of Events

Tuesday, April 11

  • 9 a.m. - Noon | Service Learning Showcase, Student Engagement Center (SEC) 2040
  • Noon - 4:30 p.m. | Research Week Poster Presentations, SEC Ballroom
  • 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. | Fulbright Student Poster Awards, SEC Ballroom

Research Week Poster Presentations | Noon - 4:30 p.m.

SEC Ballroom

Fulbright and ORGS Student Poster Awards | 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

SEC Ballroom

Service Learning Showcase Posters on Display | 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

SEC Ballroom, Mezzanine

Presentations | 9 - 11:55 a.m.

SEC 2040 and Virtual

Welcome by Dr. Kevin B. Vichcales, Associate Provost for Undergraduate and Graduate Education
Keynote | 9 a.m.

SEC 2040 and Virtual

Social Justice and Earth Justice in Incarnate Word Sisters History and Today

Dr. Laura Cannon, associate professor of History and chair of the Social Justice and Peace Concentration, led student researchers Jude Drouillard, Oliver Soliz and Andrew Perkins in research at the Incarnate Word Sisters Archives. This was a grant program in Humanities Research for the Public Good, a part of the Council of Independent Colleges. The program is “Connecting Independent Colleges with their Communities through Undergraduate Research.” Archivist Donna Guerra, Dr. Arturo Chavez and Sr. Martha Ann Kirk were also part of the grant team. See the booklet here.

Dr. Ben Miele, Sustainability Concentration Chair, and Sr. Mary Lou Rodriguez, CCVI, will invite conversations on Earth Justice. Engineering students Jorge Arreola, Julian Garcia, Desiray Rodriguez, and their faculty mentors Daniel Potter and Dr. Okan Çağlayan will share their capstone “Project Helios: Development of an Off-Grid Solar Powered Outdoor Workspace,” soon to be shared with students to use.

Food Deserts and Grocery Accessibility: Time for Community Empowerment through Urban Farming | 10 a.m.

SEC 2040 and Virtual

Dr. Leslie Martinez, Psychology, and UIW Students

Symposium: Prospects for Rights in the COVID-19 Times
Christopher Melley, Philosophy (Speaking from Japan) | 10:15 a.m.

SEC 2040 and Virtual

Session 2 Moderator: Dr. Emma Santa Maria, Service Learning Committee Co-Chair

The Power of Unity: Building Bridges through a Community Service Learning Project” on the LGBTQ Health Fair | 10:30 a.m.

SEC 2040 and Virtual

Christina L. Deltoro, Jared Morgan, Rehabilitative Sciences, Alan Valenzuela, Rehabilitative Sciences, and Dr. Lucero Martinez Delgado, Healthcare Sciences

Communicating with Love and Compassion: Benefits of Integrating Service-Learning | 10:45 a.m.

SEC 2040 and Virtual

Dr. Darlene Carbajal, Communication Arts

Effectiveness of Educational Posters for Ocular Disorders in Patient Awareness in a Spanish-Speaking Population | 11 a.m.

SEC 2040 and Virtual

Dr. Samantha Lin, Dr. Lourdes Alarcón Fortepiani, and Dr. Jeannette Wong-Powell, Rosenberg School of Optometry

Refugee Resettlement in San Antonio: Experiences of Students Working with Refugees | 11:30 a.m.

SEC 2040 and Virtual

Ryan Blevins, Oliver Soliz, Matthew Garza, History majors.
Advisor: Dr. Lopita Nath

Questions and Discussion

Wednesday, April 12

  • 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. | Research Week Podium Presentations, Mabee Library Auditorium
  • 9 a.m. - Noon | Service Learning Showcase, SEC 240
  • 5 - 8 p.m. | Moody Professorship Lectures, Mabee Library Auditorium

Research Week Podium Presentation | 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Mabee Library Auditorium and Special Collections

Each time slot is 20 minutes with 10 minutes for a presentation and 5 minutes for Q&A.

Moody Professorship Lecture | 5 - 8 p.m.

Mabee Library Auditorium

A Provost-sponsored celebration hosted by Dr. Vichcales, Dr. Glenn James, and Mission and Ministry.

  • OLLU: Dr. Wallis Sanborn, The Paradox of Greatness: Language, The Natural World, Genocide, and the Limited Role of Women in the Fiction of Cormac McCarthey
  • UIW: Dr. Lee Ann Waltz, Understanding Millennials and Generation Z: What do They Need and Want?

Service Learning Showcase | 9 a.m. - Noon

SEC 2040

Posters on display | 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Student Engagement Center Ballroom, Mezzanine

Presentations | 9 a.m.

SEC 2040 and Virtual

Moderator: Dr. Scott Roberts, HEB School of Business

Service Learning as a component of Active Learning: Building Understanding and Compassion with Refugees in San Antonio

History Majors Lia E. Butanda, Journie Gaeta and Alexis Macias, moderated by Dr. Lopita Nath

Inspired Leadership at CommuniCare | 9:15 a.m.

SEC 2040 and Virtual

Regan Pape, MHA Graduate Student

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Alan A. Jones

Health Fair in Spanish and English for housekeepers working at UIW | 9:30 a.m.

SEC 2040 and Virtual

Dr. Amalia Mondríguez, Modern Languages/Spanish and FSOP (Spanish for Pharmacy 5225)

Health Fair in Spanish and English for housekeepers working at UIW | 9:30 a.m.

SEC 2040 and Virtual

Dr. Amalia Mondríguez, Modern Languages/Spanish and FSOP (Spanish for Pharmacy 5225)

Equalizing Community Voice in International Service-Learning Projects: Research in Peru | 9:45 a.m.

SEC 2040 and Virtual

Monica D. Hernandez, Ph.D. Candidate

Discussion and Questions

Keynote | 10:30 a.m.

SEC 2040 and Virtual

A Mexican American Woman Activist in South Texas Calling for Change a Century Ago—Giving Us Insight and Courage for Social Justice, Solidarity and Service Today.

Dr. Cynthia Orozco presents on Agent of Change: Adela Sloss-Vento, Mexican American Civil Rights Activist and Texas Feminist. Dr. Orozco just received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies, 2023. She is an award-winning, best-selling author who received the Liz Carpenter Award from the Texas State Historical Society for the book on Adela Sloss-Vento.

A Round Table discussion considering how this inspiring woman calls us to courage for social justice, solidarity and service today. Participants include Bianca Arguellez-Garcia, Emily Xochitl Campos, Dr. Laura Cannon, Dr. Darlene Carbajal, Dr. Arturo Chavez, Prof. Miguel Cortinas, Nichole Hernandez, Sr. Martha Ann Kirk, Dr. Lisa Lockhart, Dr. Laura Lopez, Dr. Leslie Martinez, Sr. Christi Sanchez, Dr. Beth Senne-Duff, and Dr. Erlinda Lopez-Rodriguez, Service Learning Committee Co-Chair.

Presentation and Round Table Discussion through the generous funding of the THECB Somos Unidos Grant, Director: Dr. Monica Jimenez

Thursday, April 13

DSE and NHP Present: Action Research for Community Health and Wellbeing

  • 10 a.m. - Noon | Sembrano Amor: Centering Community Knowledge, SEC 2030
  • 1:30 - 4 p.m. | Community-Engaged Participatory Action Research, SEC 2030

Sembrando Amor: Centering Community Knowledge | 10 a.m. - Noon

SEC 2030
  • Tour a Photovoice and Zine gallery exhibit of community expert knowledge on breastfeeding and chestfeeding.
  • Learn how community experts and institutional partners can work together and leverage resources to support community-centered processes.
  • Engage with community experts on breastfeeding and chestfeeding, including program staff from the City of San Antonio’s Office of Health Equity and Healthy Neighborhoods Program, Lactation Service Providers, UIW faculty, staff, and students from the Dreeben School of Education and the Ila Faye School of Nursing and Health Professions.

Community-Enagaged Participatory Action Research | 1:30 - 4 p.m.

SEC 2030
  • Do a museum walk of an art gallery, inspired by the experiences of parents of children with autism and LGBTQ+ community members.
  • Discuss healthcare challenges that arise when community knowledge is devalued.
  • Learn how a “Rewriting the Script” process can help future health professionals become health equity allies.
  • Join the conversation with community experts, representatives of the nonprofit Any Baby Can, UIW faculty, staff, and students from the Dreeben School of Education and the Ila Faye School of Nursing and Health Professions in generating actionable ideas to promote health equity

Friday, April 14

CHASS Presents:

  • 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. | Mission Integration Panels Retreat, Mabee Library Special Collections

Mission Integration Panels Retreat | 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Mabee Library Special Collections

9 - 9:10 a.m. | Coffee and Breakfast

9:10 - 9:20 a.m. | Welcome (LuElla D’Amico and Darlene Carbajal)

9:20 - 9:50 a.m. | Sr. Walter Opening: Reflecting on UIW’s Mission and Integrating into the Whole Academic Self

9:50 - 11:10 a.m. | Student Panel Featuring:

  • Isaiah Schmidt: “Zooming Out: A Stoic Approach to the Good Life”
  • Andrea Zulaica: “Imagining the Ideal University Experience”
  • David Hefner: “What It Means to Be Human: The Quest for Knowledge through Theological and Literary Lenses”
  • Patricia Augustine: “Work-Life Balance in the Good Life”
  • Francisco (Frank) Flores and Hessel (Beni) Resendiz: “Cultivating the Development of the Whole Person and Life-Long Learning in Communication Arts Courses”

11:10 - 11:25 a.m. | Walking Break (With Guided Reflection)

11:25 - 11:40 a.m. | Reflecting on Mission Integration with Students

11:40 a.m. - Noon | Lunch

Noon - 12:50 p.m. | Faculty Panels Featuring:

  • Chris Edelman: “Berry, Socrates, and the UIW Mission: Solving for Pattern”
  • Darlene Carbajal: “Integrating Mission into Communication Arts Courses”
  • John Kainer: “Social Science and the Purpose of Life: Be Little With Me”
  • Joseph Grabau: “Integrating UIW Mission in Pastoral Ministry Courses”

12:50 -1 p.m. | Open Break

1 - 1:50 p.m. | Course or Assignment Work Time: Integrating Mission in This Moment

1:50 - 2:50 p.m. | Faculty Panels Featuring:

  • Mourad Takawi: “Mapping Student Perceptions and Engagement with the University Mission: Insights from ‘The Word in the World’”
  • Horacio Vela: “Integrating Mission in Religious Studies”
  • Tara Hembrough: “Integration Care for Creation and the Composition Classroom”
  • LuElla D’Amico: “Reflecting on the Good Life: Mission in the First-Year Experience and Composition Classroom”

2:50 - 3:15 p.m. | Whole Day Reflections

3:15 - 3:30 p.m. | Closing: Your UIW Mission Gift

  • Led by LuElla D’Amico and Darlene Carbajal

Virtual Presentations

Virtual presentations will be available for viewing on the Research Week Symposium website starting April 11, 2023.

Participants will present their work in-person and virtually:

  • Virtual Presentations - Please complete the Symposium Submission Form to submit your electronic poster (podium recordings are also welcome!).
  • Scheduling for In-Person Poster and Podium - We have sent everyone an email invitation for participants to sign up for their preferred time slots.
  • Poster Printing - Please download and complete the Print Shop Form and submit before March 24, 2023. Contact our office at (210) 805-5869 or ResearchWeek@uiwtx.edu for assistance.

General Research Week Information

In 2008, a new tradition of celebrating and showcasing academic accomplishments was established through Research Day. Over the years, it has evolved into a week-long event filled with multidisciplinary presentations, demonstrations and lectures. At the University of the Incarnate Word, we take pride in our research and know that through our search for and communication of truth, we become stronger in educating “concerned and enlightened citizens within the global community.”

All proceedings have been archived in The Athenaeum.

View All Proceedings

The Service Learning and Engaged Scholarship Showcase is held annually in conjunction with Research Week. UIW community members, faculty, students and staff are invited to share podium presentations or poster submissions that demonstrate their service learning and engaged scholarship. We seek best practices, examples, theories, scholarship and grant writing skills related to all aspects of service learning.

Submit SLES Proposal Here

To see examples of Showcase presentations from 2017 to 2022, visit the Faculty Service Learning Showcase site. To learn more, visit the Service and Service Learning Guidelines site.

Contact Information

If you have questions or need assistance with preparation or submission, please contact the Office of Research and Graduate Studies at the following:

Phone: (210) 805-3555

Email: researchweek@uiwtx.edu