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UTSA McNair Scholar Wins First Place at North Texas Life Science Research Symposium


At center: UTSA student Miranda Morgan

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(Nov. 21, 2012) -- UTSA McNair scholar Miranda Morgan placed first of 46 undergraduate research posters submitted at the North Texas Life Science Research Symposium on Nov. 3 at the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth. The undergraduate senior's research, "The Role of the Neuro-Immune System in Stress-Induced Cognitive Deficits," was completed under the guidance of David Morilak, professor of pharmacology at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio, and supported by her participation in the McNair Scholars program.

The science symposium included three parallel programs for high school, bachelor's and master's students. Participants represented 16 colleges and universities including University of Texas at Arlington, University of Texas at Dallas, Baylor and Texas A&M. Leading scientists judged the participants' posters and gave awards to the top three posters in the undergraduate competition with $150, $75 and $50 prizes. In the master's competition, the prizes were $200, $100 and $75).

The event provided Texans access to cutting-edge research and educational opportunities in the biomedical sciences. To a broader extent, it addressed the state and national needs for increased opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

"This was the first year that UTSA was represented at this research symposium," said Jessica Brewer, graduate student recruitment specialist. "The judges were impressed with Miranda's research and level of understanding. We hope to see more UTSA students participate next year."

The Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program is one of the TRIO programs housed in the UTSA Office of P-20 Initiatives. The program prepares selected sophomores, juniors and seniors for doctoral studies by experiencing graduate work and faculty-led research.

For more information, visit the McNair Scholars Web page or email



Oct. 2, 7:15 p.m.

First Friday Stargazing

Visit the Curtis Vaughan Observatory and see the wonders of the sky over San Antonio with experienced astronomers.
4th floor, Flawn Science Building, Main Campus

Oct. 3, 6:30 p.m.

Where Ink Does Not Show: A Celebration of the New State Poet Laureate

A fun and festive evening featuring Corridos from Texas and Northern Mexico sung by AZUL and a reading of new and classic works by Carmen Tafolla, the new State Poet Laureate.
Buena Vista Theater (1.326), Downtown Campus

Oct. 5, 1:30 p.m.

Campus Carry Listening Session

Listening session will seek input on the places, events and special circumstances that should be considered in determining whether concealed handguns may be prohibited.
John Peace Library, Faculty Center Assembly Room (JPL 4.04.22), Main Campus

Oct. 5, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Civic Engagement Summit

This summit is an opportunity to showcase and share the variety of community engagement activities of UTSA students, faculty, and staff. The summit is currently accepting proposals for poster presentations. The Call for Posters deadline is Friday, Sept. 11.
University Center Denman Room (2.01.28), Main Campus

Oct. 5, 6 p.m.

Film Screening: The Head of Joaquin Murrieta by John Valadez

The Mexican American Studies Program will host a screening of this irreverent, entertaining and often disturbing tale that uses both fiction and documentary story telling devices to tear open a painful and long ignored history: the lynching of Mexican Americans in the southwest.
Buena Vista Building Aula Canaria (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus

Oct. 6, 3 p.m.

State of the University

Join President Ricardo Romo as he gives his address to the UTSA community.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom (UC 1.104), Main Campus

Oct. 8, 10 a.m.

Graduate Fair

Graduate School representatives from across the country will provide information on options after earning a bachelor's degree. Students, alumni and community members are welcome.
University Center Retama Galleria, Main Campus

Oct. 9, 8 a.m.

College of Sciences Research Conference

The day-long research conference will include a keynote address, faculty and student oral presentations, poster sessions, and an awards ceremony. Lunch will be provided for those who register. Abstract submission deadline is September 20, 2015. Event registration deadline is October 4, 2015.
H-E-B University Center, Main Campus

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