(Aug. 16, 2013) -- The UTSA College of Sciences recently hosted a poster session featuring more than 50 students presenting summer research projects they conducted in the laboratories of their UTSA faculty mentors.
Participants represented seven UTSA training programs that aim to increase the number of underrepresented minorities pursuing degrees in the STEM fields: science, technology, engineering and math.
Kendra Trujillo was one of 10 students participating in the inaugural PAESMEM/College of Sciences Summer Research Experience. The diverse group included students from Puerto Rico, Massachusetts, Mississippi, California and Texas.
Trujillo worked in the laboratory of Richard LeBaron investigating how proteins interact with different cell lines including cancer cell lines.
"It was wonderful and I am very grateful for the opportunity," said Trujillo. "I went in with very little laboratory experience and came out more knowledgeable and confident in my abilities as an individual."
The junior biochemistry major from the University of Texas at El Paso is now considering transferring to UTSA to finish her B.S. degree or attending in the future as a graduate student. One other PAESMEM participant is considering a transfer to UTSA.
The PAESMEM/COS Summer Research Experience was partly funded by a $25,000 National Science Foundation grant to UTSA biochemistry professor Andrew Tsin. Tsin received the funding in December 2011 from the White House for his Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM).
The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus
This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus
Graduate student uses storytelling to highlight important issues facing children
As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.
At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.
Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.
With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.
Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.
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