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UTSA LSAMP students at UT El Paso conference

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(Oct. 27, 2010)--Six undergraduate students in the UTSA Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program recently presented and defended their scientific research at the UT System statewide LSAMP conference hosted at the University of Texas at El Paso.

Each of the UTSA students were members of the Summer Research Academy (SRA) at UTSA. During the 10-week program, students participated in research with UTSA faculty in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.

"Giving underrepresented students the ability to explore undergraduate research is an invaluable opportunity," said Darrell Balderrama, director of outreach programs and LSAMP director in the UTSA Office of P-20 Initiatives. "I've seen how each student grows in depth of understanding and is able to apply their research findings to their overall educational and career goals. I'm truly proud of each LSAMP scholar."

The summer academy participants were offered the opportunity to apply competitively for a trip to the Science in Society Conference hosted in Madrid, Spain. This year's delegates will be Bethaney Watson, College of Sciences, and Andrew Baines, College of Engineering. The students and their faculty mentors will represent UTSA at the Madrid conference.

The 2010 LSAMP SRA cohort at UTSA pursued research on an array of topics, working alongside faculty mentors in the UTSA College of Sciences and College of Engineering. The participating students and their research topics were:

  • Michelle Salvador, electrical engineering major, faculty mentor: David Akopian, "Introducing Complex Communication Topics in Electrical Engineering to Young Students"
  • Bethaney Watson, cytogenetics major, faculty mentors: Richard LeBaron and Clyde Phelix, "Integrated Systems Biology Reveals Dynamics of TGF Signaling in Bone Cancer Treatment"
  • Dustin Edwards, electrical engineering major, faculty supervisor: Yufei Huang, faculty mentor: Dong Yue, "A Bayesian Decision Fusion Approach For MicroRNA Target Prediction"
  • Joaquin Labrado, electrical engineering major, faculty mentor: Mo Jamshidi, "Swarm Robotics"
  • Sandra G. Migliori, biomedical engineering major, graduate student mentor: Anand Srinivasan, faculty mentor: Anand Ramasubramanian, "Effect of Anti-fungals on Biofilms of Candida Albicans"
  • Andrew Baines, mechanical engineering major, faculty mentor: Harry Millwater, "Advanced Visualization Lab"

The UTSA LSAMP program enrolls new participants each semester and will accept applications beginning Nov. 1 for Summer Research Academy 2011. To learn more, contact Darrell Balderrama at 210-458-2697.

 

 

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Tuesday, May 3, 5 p.m.

Henry B. Gonzalez Centennial Tribute

The College of Public Policy and the Office for Community Services present a 100th anniversary salute to the late Congressman Henry B. Gonzalez. A distinguished panel will discuss Gonzalez's historical impact. Free and open to the public.
Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BV 1.328) , Downtown Campus

Wednesday, May 4, 5 p.m.

School Psychology Symposium and Reception

Student posters will present case studies based on practicum experiences, literature reviews on topics relevant to educational psychology, and other research experiences this year. The event is free and open to the public.
Durango Building (1.124), Downtown Campus

Thursday, May 5, 5 p.m.

String Project Spring Concert

This end-of-semester concert will feature the 3rd through 8th grade students who have participated in the UTSA String Project this year. The event is free and open to the public.
Buena Vista Theater, Downtown Campus

Monday, May 9, 8 a.m.

The Honeynet Project Workshop

This three-day event will focus on the tools, tactics and motives involved in computer and network attacks. Attendees from around the world will take part in world-class hands-on trainings and technical discussions.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom, Main Campus

Thursday, May 12, 4 p.m.

Master of Public Administration Open House

Visit with faculty, alumni and students to discuss the benefits of and requirements for a Master Degree in Public Administration and/or the Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Administration & Leadership
Buena Vista Building (1.338), Downtown Campus

Saturday, May 14, 10 a.m.

UTSA Spring Commencement: Ceremony One

UTSA Spring Commencement ceremony for the College of Architecture, Construction and Planning, the College of Education and Human Development and the College of Sciences.
Alamodome

Saturday, May 14, 4 p.m.

UTSA Spring Commencement: Ceremony Two

UTSA Spring Commencement ceremony for the College of Business, the College of Public Policy and University College.
Alamodome

Sunday, May 15, 2 p.m.

UTSA Spring Commencement: Ceremony Three

UTSA Spring Commencement ceremony for the College of Engineering and the College of Liberal and Fine Arts.
Alamodome

Wednesday, May 18, 3 p.m.

The Great Staff Appreciation Event

The UTSA community is invited to honor the roughly 2,600 UTSA staff members who contribute to the success of the university and its students.
University Center Ballroom, Main Campus

Thursday, May 19, 6 p.m.

Superintendent Certification Program Information Session

Join UTSA faculty and staff, current students, and area central office administrators/program alumni to learn about this exciting accelerated and web-enhanced program leading to Texas Superintendent Certification. The event is free and open to the public.
Buena Vista Building (1.322), Downtown Campus


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