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UTSA McNair Scholars travel to North Texas for annual research conference

McNair trip

UTSA McNair Scholars travel to Denton to conduct presentations and share research

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(March 14, 2014) -- Six students in the UTSA McNair Scholars program recently traveled to the University of North Texas in Denton to attend the 16th annual Texas National McNair Scholars Research Conference. The UTSA students were among 175 participants representing more than 25 universities from across the country. Attendees presented their academic research and shared their research experiences and results with their peers and other scholars in their disciplines.

Senior psychology major Victoria Barbosa Olivo and junior biology major Christopher Hwozdek delivered presentations to the crowd. Olivo, under the direction of Kristina Durante, UTSA assistant professor of marketing, presented her research on "The Extended Parental Self: Gender Differences in Parental Spending on Sons vs. Daughters."

"I learned a lot from the keynote speakers and felt that they spoke about issues that every scholar faces," said Olivo. "I also feel like the conference was good for my personal and academic growth and left feeling very empowered."

Christopher Hwozdek, under the direction of Nicole Wicha, UTSA assistant professor of biology, and Angelique Blackburn, presented "Survey Says: Response Conflict is Easier to Resolve with Practice from Language Use."

At the conference, students received feedback from peers and faculty members, and also heard from motivational speakers Enedilia Saudeca, Russell F. Stark and Luis Ricardo Fraga. Students also participated in a graduate school recruitment fair and breakout sessions with more than 40 graduate programs from across the country.

"I really enjoyed the close personal attention from the recruiters on the graduate panel," said Laurel Jackson-Cook, a senior UTSA McNair Scholar. "The conference was awesome and was one of the best conferences that I have ever attended."

The Ronald E. McNair Scholars program is part of the UTSA Office of P-20 Initiatives in Multidisciplinary Studies Building Room 2.03.14B on the Main Campus. The programs offer selected sophomores, juniors and seniors opportunities to participate in faculty-led research and assist with preparation for graduate school. The McNair program is accepting applications for fall 2014.


For more information, visit the UTSA P-20 Initiatives website or contact Darrell Balderrama at 210-458-4284.



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The UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning, in partnership with AIA San Antonio’s Latinos in Architecture, presents architect Andrés Jaque, founder of the Office for Political Innovation, an architectural practice dually based in New York and Madrid.
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Oct. 15, 6 p.m.

Take Back the Night 2015

The UTSA Women’s Studies Institute invites you to Take Back the Night, an international initiative to raise awareness and empower survivors while educating allies through a march, poetry, and testimonios. This is a gender-inclusive movement to shatter the silence surrounding sexual and domestic violence.
Sombrilla Plaza, Main Campus

Oct. 19, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

UTSA Grad Fest Fall 2015

Grad Fest is an event designed to prepare you for commencement while celebrating your achievement. You will have the opportunity to purchase commencement regalia, order class rings, diploma frames, explore graduate school opportunities, learn about successful Stafford loan repayment and discuss career outcomes.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom, Main Campus

Oct. 20, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

UTSA Grad Fest Fall 2015

Grad Fest is an event designed to prepare you for commencement while celebrating your achievement. You will have the opportunity to purchase commencement regalia, order class rings, diploma frames, explore graduate school opportunities, learn about successful Stafford loan repayment and discuss career outcomes.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom, Main Campus

Oct. 20-21, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

SECC Book Sale

Looking for a good read? Shop for yourself or for gifts and help change a life at the same time. Browse and buy children’s stories, novels and more at the 2015 SECC Book Sale.
Sombrilla Plaza, Main Campus

Oct. 21, 7-8:30 p.m.

Texas Water Symposium

The Texas Water Symposium will take a close look at the SAWS/Vista Ridge pipeline project. The program will feature a conversation about the regional, financial and ecological considerations of the 142-mile pipeline. The event is free and open to the public.
Main Building (MB 0.106), Main Campus

Oct. 22, 6 p.m.

Phi Kappa Phi Last Lecture

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Denman Room (UC 2.201.28), Main Campus

Oct. 27, 11:30 a.m.

Lecture by Composer Larry Groupe

The UTSA Music Department presents Emmy-award winning Composer Larry Groupe. Groupe has composed music for films such as "The Contender," "Straw Dogs" and "Miami Vice," and TV shows such as "Star Trek: The Next Generation," "Ren and Stimpy" and "American Gladiators." Lecture is free and open to the public.
Arts Building (ART 2.03.15-18), Main Campus

Oct. 29, 5:30 p.m.

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