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UTSA College of Sciences hosts research poster presentations

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Student Milytza Carraquillo Medina (left) from the University of Puerto Rico, Humancao, did her research with UTSA professors Rishein Gupta and Bernard Arulanandam.

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(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.

The programs included PAESMEM, MARC, MBRS-RISE, WSRTP, PREP, LSAMP and McNair Scholars.

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).

 

 

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For Ashaad Mabry and Triston Wade, football is not just a passing fancy. Both players were part of the UTSA football program almost from the beginning. When UTSA opens the 2015 season Thursday at Arizona, it will be the first time the Roadrunners take the field without them. But Mabry and Wade will still be playing football; their uniforms will just be a different color.

Mabry, a defensive tackle from San Antonio's MacArthur High School, was an honorable mention All-Conference USA selection his final two seasons as a Roadrunner and second among the team's defensive linemen with 49 tackles last year. Wade, a defensive back from Tyler, was the most decorated player in school history. He was a semifinalist for the 2014 Jim Thorpe Award – for the nation's top defensive back – a three-time all-conference honoree and two-year team captain who set a school record of 293 tackles in his career. Both men had outstanding college careers that allowed them to make UTSA history.

Did you know? Mabry and Wade both agreed to terms as undrafted free agents with the New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks, respectively, becoming the first UTSA players to move to the professional ranks.

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