(Oct. 3, 2017) -- The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) will transform into a student researcher’s paradise next week as UTSA hosts the College of Sciences Research Conference. More than 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students from UTSA, 10 other Texas institutions, and universities in California, New York and Mexico will present their research at the conference on Friday, Oct. 6 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the UTSA Main Campus.
The highlight of this year’s conference will be its poster presentations. More than 300 abstracts, the most in the conference’s nine-year history, will bring their research to life. The students will fill the Convocation Center, showcasing their hard work in poster demonstrations. Abstract subjects range from cancer drug development and underwater communication to a project titled “The Mighty Mouse Tooth.”
“The conference gives the students an opportunity to explain their research and get practice speaking about it,” said Floyd Wormley, conference chair and UTSA professor and associate dean for Research and Graduate Studies. “It’s a valuable experience the student will use in the future when they present their research for funding. It’s extremely important for their development as a student researcher.”
The theme of this year’s conference is Advancing Science to Serve Humanity.
“We don’t just do science to do science. It has to have a purpose in society, to advance humanity and our everyday lives,” Wormley said. “It can be anything from a unique gizmo to clean the house or developing a new medicine for a disease.”
Professors and science experts from the community will judge each presentation which are broken up into eight different categories: Chemistry and Biochemistry; Computer Science and Cyber Security; Infectious Diseases and Immunology; Mathematics and Statistics; Neurobiology; Physics & Astronomy and Nanotechnology; Regenerative and Molecular Medicine; and Water, Energy and Environment. Nineteen awards will be given out with the top students taking home a laptop computer.
In addition to the poster presentations, students will participate in oral presentations and attend information sessions to learn about graduate programs offered in the College of Sciences.
“No one does it as big as we do it,” said Wormley. ”That’s why other universities send their students to our conference. UTSA and our sponsors fund it, so students don’t have to take on the cost to get the best training.”
Wormley adds that the conference is also an opportunity to showcase UTSA’s unique hands-on research experiences for its students.
“The university and entire community sees the great research our students are conducting,” said Wormley. “It’s also a valuable tool to help our students present their research, so when they go out into the world, they are prepared to well represent UTSA and San Antonio.”
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