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Welcome to the Office of Research and Graduate Studies

We invite you to explore the details of graduate studies and admissions, undergraduate research and creative discovery, and research grants and sponsored programs for faculty.


Graduate and Research Jack Facts

  • $17 MILLION
    IN RESEARCH
    FUNDING

  • 1,200+
    GRADUATE
    STUDENTS

  • 50+
    MASTER'S AND
    DOCTORAL PROGRAMS

LUMBERJACK SPOTLIGHT

  • Garrett Oehlert, a May 2024 graduate of the Department of Kinesiology and Health Science, is the 2024 recipient of the Marilyn Odom Outstanding Graduate Student Award. Having received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from SFA, Garrett has achieved several academic successes, published a paper, given several formal research presentations, volunteered at departmental, college and university levels, and served as a graduate teaching assistant. Garrett has accepted a position to continue his academic career by pursuing a doctoral degree with the ultimate goal of remaining in education.

    Garrett Oehlert, 2024 graduate of the Department of Kinesiology and Health Science

    Garrett Oehlert, 2024 graduate of the Department of Kinesiology and Health Science

  • Shundrika Morris was awarded the Pauline Sampson Scholarship while pursuing a Doctor of Education in educational leadership at Stephen F. Austin State University.

    Morris, from Mansfield, has earned a Master of Education in educational leadership and policy studies, while also pursuing a Master of Business Administration at The University of Texas at Arlington. Morris currently is employed at Tarrant County College as a Title V career advisor, and has been employed in higher education since 2015 at Tarrant County College and UTA.

    Morris has two sons, 20 and 17, and a daughter, 17, that she loves dearly. When away from the office and studies, Morris enjoys eating, traveling, watching crime shows and documentaries and exploring all the great things life has to offer. 

    Shundrika Morris, recipient of the Pauline Sampson Scholarship

    Shundrika Morris, recipient of the Pauline Sampson Scholarship

  • Brady Deese received the Paul L. Boynton Scholarship to support his graduate studies. According to Deese, the scholarship is a great achievement and an honor, and adds to his drive to represent Stephen F. Austin State University in the best way possible each and every day.

    Currently, Deese is an inside sales representative with the Jacksonville Jaguars where he utilizes his skills gained from his time in Nacogdoches to drive sales and enhance customer experiences within the organization.

    Deese graduated with a bachelor's degree in sports business and a minor in entrepreneurship from SFA. During his time at SFA, he was actively involved in the Interfraternity Council Executive Board as chief justice/vice president and Order of Omega.

    Deese said the scholarship not only recognizes his commitment to excellence, but also inspires him to continue striving for innovation and leadership in his academic and professional pursuits.

    Brady Deese, 2023 graduate of the Rusche College of Business

    Brady Deese, 2023 graduate of the Rusche College of Business