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(April 8, 2014) -- The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) will host its inaugural UTSA Undergraduate Research and Creative Inquiry Showcase, which will feature hundreds of undergraduate student research and creative endeavors from across the university. The showcase will be 10 a.m.­-3 p.m., Thursday, April 24 in the University Center on the UTSA Main Campus.

"This showcase is the first time in UTSA history that we've brought together all undergraduate research from all disciplines into one big event," said Donovan Fogt, director of the UTSA Office of Undergraduate Research. "The depth and breadth of the work UTSA students are doing is really quite remarkable. In fact, it has become evident that this showcase will be a visual representation of what a top-tier university looks like."

Here are a few examples of some of the student research projects that will be featured at the showcase:

  • Colin Dowling, kinesiology major, will share his results on the effects of e-cigarettes on arterial blood pressure.
  • Jennifer Kennedy, art and art history major, will present her self-sustaining, solar powered, LED-lit, functional hanging sculpture that communicates the concepts in the research conducted at the Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute at UTSA.
  • Ricardo Rosales, mathematics major, is building a decision-support tool that uses data on students' academics, financial aid and demographics in order to determine which variables are best for predicting successful degree plan completion.
  • Vida Ugochukwu, criminal justice major, will showcase her research on how a family functions with a drug-dependent and/or alcohol-addicted family member.
  • Elvia Valdes, communication major, investigates how communication technology devices are used to both initiate and dissolve workplace romances.

In addition to the student showcase, Ann Eisenberg, UTSA psychology professor and associate dean of the Honors College, and Carlos Garcia, associate professor of chemistry, will be honored for their commitment to excellence in undergraduate research. Eisenberg and Garcia will receive the inaugural Faculty Service to Undergraduate Research and Creative Scholarship Award for their contribution to undergraduate scholarly activities, as well as their vision for undergraduate transformative experiences at UTSA.

Formed in April 2013, the Office of Undergraduate Research increases the visibility of and participation in undergraduate scholarly endeavors at UTSA. Research opportunities afford undergraduate students top-tier academic experience by complementing classroom-based instruction, providing real-life, hands-on experience in their field of interest, and offering development of critical and independent thinking, creativity and problem solving.

>> Learn more about the UTSA Office of Undergraduate Research.

For more information, contact Donovan Fogt, director of the Office of Undergraduate Research, at 210-458-8227.

 

 

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Feb. 10, 5:30 p.m.

UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning 2015-16 Speaker Series

The UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning’s 2015-16 Speaker Series continues with Dana Cuff, Ph.D., a professor of architecture and urbanism at the University of California, Los Angeles. In her talk, Cuff will discuss new forms of “studio” and new types of practices. Free and open to the public.
Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BV 1.328), UTSA Downtown Campus

Feb. 13, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

29th annual Asian Festival - Year of the Monkey

The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures invites Texas and Texans to the Asian Festival. What began as a traditional family reunion for the Chinese New Year has expanded to include other Asian communities and participants, showcasing their unique culture and traditions.
The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures

Feb. 13, 1 p.m.

2016 Interdisciplinary Studies Colloquium

Join the UTSA Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching in celebrating interdisciplinary inquiry at the 2016  Interdisciplinary Studies Colloquium.  The colloquium will include a panel of faculty and recent doctoral graduate and a showcase of the best IDS undergraduate inquiry projects of the year 2015. The event is free and open to the public.
Business Building (BB 2.06.04), UTSA Main Campus

Feb. 16, 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.

S.T.E.M. Career Fair

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Convocation Center, Main Campus

Feb. 17, 5:30 p.m.

CACP Speaker Series continueswith Cesar Pelli

The UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning (CACP) welcomes renowned architect Cesar Pelli as part of the CACP’s 2015-16 Speaker Series. Pelli is founder and Senior Principal of the New Haven, Conn. firm Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects. In his talk, “Becoming an Architect,” Pelli will present and discuss projects that were critical steps in his career.
Buena Vista Theater (BV 1.326), Downtown Campus

Feb. 23, 5:30 p.m.

African-American Social Welfare Pioneers Responding to Community Needs

The UTSA College of Public Policy presents the Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series featuring Dr. Iris Carlton-LaNey, Professor of the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Dr. Iris Carlton LaNey will speak to the UTSA community about the role and impact of African-Americans in the social work profession.
Buena Vista Theater (BV 1.326), Downtown Campus

Feb. 23, 5:30 p.m.

African-American Social Welfare Pioneers Responding to Community Needs

The UTSA College of Public Policy presents the Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series featuring Dr. Iris Carlton-LaNey, Professor of the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Dr. Carlton-LaNey will speak to the UTSA community about the role and impact of African-Americans in the social work profession.
Buena Vista Theater (BV 1.326), Downtown Campus

Feb. 23, 7 p.m.

Presentation and Book Signing with Luis Carlos Montalvan

Please join us for a presentation and book signing by Luis Carlos Montalván (Fmr. Capt., USA), author of the New York Times Bestseller Until Tuesday and the international award-winning childrens book Tuesday Tucks Me In. His books will be available for purchase at the UTSA Bookstore. This event is free and open to the public.
Southwest Room (DB 1.124), Downtown Campus

Feb. 25, 6 p.m.

12th Annual Black Heritage Gala

The 12th Annual Black Heritage Gala is a formal event which includes a student performance, keynote remarks by Michael Brown, an award presentation, dinner and dancing. Tickets are $10 for UTSA students and $15 for all other guests. Tickets are on sale now at Roadrunner Express. Contact (210) 458-4770 for more information.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom, Main Campus

Feb. 27, 9 a.m.

Cultural Contrasts in Latin America

The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures will host a free workshop focusing on teaching Latin American culture and geography for students seeking their teacher certification. The workshop includes free resources for teaching Latin American subject matter as well as presentations on language, identity, music, geography, and political and developmental history, and a special educators’ tour of the museum’s Los Tejanos exhibit. Free with registration.
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