(Sept. 18, 2013) -- The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) will host an expo to showcase its graduate and undergraduate student research and innovation. The 2013 Student Research Expo will be 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday, Sept.19 in the H-E-B University Center Ballroom (1.104) at the UTSA Main Campus.
Last summer, the UTSA Office of Undergraduate Research and the Honors College partnered with the UTSA Center for Simulation, Visualization and Real-Time Prediction (SiViRT) to host UTSA's inaugural Undergraduate Research Summer Initiative.
This competitive eight-week initiative provided funding to 15 undergraduate students to engage in cross-disciplinary collaboration and research. The initiative was sponsored by the SiViRT Center with funding from the National Science Foundation.
The expo will showcase the work of the students who participated in this summer research program as well as other student research projects supported year-round by the SiViRT Center.
Among several projects, UTSA students will showcase a Football Kicking Simulation and Human Performance Assessment at Thursday's expo. Five students under the mentorship of SiViRT Center director and mechanical and bioengineering professor Yusheng Feng have developed a prototype football kicking simulator designed to be a real-time training tool. It gives a kicker the ability to practice off the field and receive the same kind of attention to detail he would experience at a training camp.
"The SiViRT Center plays a critical role in shaping UTSA's research environment by creating and supporting first-hand collaborative research and design experiences for undergraduate and graduate students year-round," said Feng. "To enrich student's research experience, we have fun projects such as the football kicking simulator that involves wireless sensing, mechanical design and advanced simulation and visualization based on football dynamics. It is exciting to work with students of different backgrounds and see them learn through team work."
The goal of this and other undergraduate research initiatives at UTSA is to help undergraduate students engage in scholarly research to prepare them for graduate school.
"The impact of student experience outside of the classroom environment is unparalleled," said Donovan Fogt, associate professor of health and kinesiology and director of the UTSA Office of Undergraduate Research. "We are working to increase student access to and awareness of the exciting research capacities that exist at UTSA."
In addition to student research project presentations, the event also will feature an open house at the UTSA Advanced Visualization Lab (VizLab), which is a core UTSA facility equipped with a large-scale Visualization Wall, 3-D printer and other state-of-the-art visualization devices.
Established in April 2013, the UTSA Office of Undergraduate Research promotes the visibility and breadth of research opportunities for undergraduate students in all academic disciplines.
Established in August 2009 as a result of a $5 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the UTSA Center for Simulation, Visualization and Real-Time Prediction (SiViRT) is a computation and visualization center that integrates high-performance computing into its activities which include imaging, visualization, modeling and simulation to help faculty and student researchers understand things like structural reliability, particle flow, nanotechnology, biomechanics, computational neuroscience and cancer treatment simulation.
The UTSA Honors College provides a unique educational experience for academically talented students with a commitment to excellence. Honors classes include special sections of regular courses with smaller enrollments and interdisciplinary seminars that bring together advanced students from diverse disciplines.
The UTSA Women’s Studies Institute and Women’s Studies Program will feature film screenings, provide lectures and book readings that promote diversity and focus on achieving social justice and women’s empowerment.
Various locations, Main, Downtown and Hemisfair Campuses
The exhibition is a juried competition featuring recent work by UTSA undergraduate and graduate students. The selected works represent the full range of materials, methods, and techniques, ranging from traditional processes to contemporary digital photography and video.
Arts Building Main Art Gallery (ART 2.03.04), Main Campus
UTSA and the San Antonio Express-News will jointly host a town hall meeting where panelists will discuss various aspects of the broad topic of school funding in Texas. It's free and open to the public.
Buena Vista Street Building Theater (BVB 1.326), Downtown Campus
Annual memorial event honoring members of the UTSA community who passed away in the previous year.
Student Union Retama Auditorium (SU 2.02.02,) Main Campus
Amin Qutub, UTSA associate professor of biomedical engineering, will introduce the latest advances in science and technology illustrating how daily behaviors influence the ability of our brain cells to repair and regenerate, enabling a future that optimizes brain health.
McNay Art Museum, 6000 N. New Braunfels, San Antonio
UTSA faculty and staff are encouraged to share thoughts, experiences and ideas on inclusive excellence at UTSA.
Student Union Anaqua Room (SU 2.03.08), Main Campus
March Into Your Major is an event for students who are unsure of their major, have chosen a major but are not sure it’s the right fit for them or students who are confident of their choice of major but are unsure of what careers they can actually pursue with their major.
Convocation Center, Main Campus
As part of UTSA's 50th Anniversary celebration, Fred Schneider, computer science professor at Cornell University, will speak on Impediments to Incentivizing Cyber-security Investment." The lecture is free and open to the public.
Biosciences Building Loeffler Room (BSB 3.03.22), Main Campus
The University of Texas at San Antonio is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. As an institution of access and excellence, UTSA embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development and the commercialization of intellectual property - for Texas, the nation and the world.
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