(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).
Emerging and fluent writers can practice and refine their writing skills, share with others and grow as artisans and thinkers. Each day, students will investigate the art of writing, apply the craft to their own writing, and celebrate what they have done with fellow campers.
Buena Vista Street Building (BVB 3.324), Downtown Campus
UTSA Men's Basketball coaching staff and players host shoot, skills, day, elite and parent/child camps and clinics.
Convocation Center, Main Campus
This two-week day camp will teach students instruction in acting, voice, dance, theatre history, music theory, costuming, stage properties and more, followed with a performance on the evening of the final day.
Buena Vista Street Building Theater (BVB 1.326), Downtown Campus
Campers ages 9-13 will discover the field of bioarchaeology while being introduced to cultural traditions all over the world. They will learn how archaeologists use skeletal remains to uncover the past. Campers can expect archaeology themed activities, games, crafts and a hands-on look at artifacts in a lab.
Monterey Building, Downtown Campus
The tutoring sessions are designed to help children in 2nd-8th grades who are reading below grade level. Tutors identify the child's strengths and needs and create highly engaging literacy experiences designed to support literacy growth and development.
Durango Building (DB 2.210), Downtown Campus
This comprehensive music experience for middle and high school students focuses on developing the musician and the campers playing techniques. Campers will perform with one of UTSA’s concert bands and attend classes that include rehearsals, sectional and master classes and performing soundtrack music.
Arts Building, Main Campus
Experience a fun, interactive week at UTSA as new students and their families take the first steps to becoming a Roadrunner.
Various locations, Main Campus and Downtown Campuses
Kids from kindergarten through high school will immerse in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math through hands-on activities.
Applied Engineering and Technology (AET 0.102), Main Campus and Buena Vista Street Building (BVB 3.328), Downtown Campus
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