(June 7, 2010)--To recognize scientific research conducted in the UTSA College of Sciences, its second annual research conference was conducted May 28 in the University Center Ballroom on the Main Campus.
George Perry, UTSA College of Sciences dean and one of the world's top 10 Alzheimer's disease researchers, opened the daylong conference. Following his welcome, UTSA undergraduate and graduate students gave presentations in moderated sessions on their research in cellular and molecular biology, microbiology and immunology, neurobiology, chemistry, computer science, and physics and astronomy. In the afternoon, students from all scientific disciplines presented their research in 90-minute poster sessions.
UTSA Professor John McCarrey, director of the San Antonio Institute for Cellular and Molecular Primatology, delivered the conference keynote address, "The Promise of Stem Cell Research and Regenerative Medicine: Opportunities for UTSA and the San Antonio Research Community." McCarrey discussed stem cells and regenerative medicine, what UTSA is doing in the field and how San Antonio can most effectively contribute to the field.
The conference concluded with an awards ceremony and closing remarks by Robert Gracy, UTSA vice president for research, and John Frederick, UTSA provost and vice president for academic affairs.
The research conference was sponsored by KCI, Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research, Alpha Diagnostic International, Sigma-Aldrich and Sigma Xi, in addition to the UTSA College of Sciences, College of Engineering, Office of the Vice President for Research, Institute for Cyber Security, Center for Water Research and South Texas Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases.
UTSA prides itself on giving students a well-rounded education. Combining a top-tier academic program with opportunities for personal growth prepares students to compete in a global economy. And that's not all. They learn to be informed and engaged citizens as well. At the heart of that academic program is an award-winning core curriculum.
For four consecutive years, UTSA has received an A-rating from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni for the caliber of its core curriculum. According to ACTA, UTSA requires its students to take six of the seven courses deemed "crucial" to a well-rounded education: composition, literature, U.S. government or history, economics, mathematics and science. Only a handful of other institutions in the U.S. are giving students these tools, which are needed to succeed in careers and the community.
Did you know? UTSA is one of only three Texas institutions and 23 in the United States to receive the highest rating for its core curriculum in the 2014-2015 edition of the ACTA's "What Will They Learn?" report.
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