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UTSA McNair and Stokes scholars attend national research conference


UTSA students at University of Maryland conference

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(April 2, 2013) -- During spring break, four UTSA students from the Office of P-20 Initiatives attended the 14th annual University of Maryland National Conference for McNair Scholars and Undergraduate Research. The UTSA students are part of the UTSA McNair Scholars Program and the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation undergraduate research programs.

Approximately, 250 individuals from more than 40 universities across the country participated in the national conference, where students presented their academic research. The UTSA student participants shared their research experiences and results with their peers and other scholars in their disciplines.

While at the conference, they received feedback from peers and faculty members, and they heard motivational speakers including former NASA Astronaut Major General Charles F. Bolden Jr. They also participated in a graduate school recruitment fair and break-out sessions.

Senior McNair student Jessica Adkison said, "This was my very first time attending a conference and, overall, the experience definitely exceeded my expectations. The speakers at the conference were truly motivating and I was impressed with what they had achieved. I felt so honored and appreciative to be a McNair Scholar."

Senior LSAMP student Debnahi Jacinto said, "My overall experience at the conference has inspired, motivated and encouraged me to pursue my goals. I learned that everyone has their own obstacles to face toward success but to be successful you must have faith in yourself, dedication, courage and never give up."

"I learned that becoming a better person meant that I would work continually at setting my standards higher – to look at every challenge as an opportunity and every opportunity as a means to succeed," said Tony Van Phan, a senior in the LSAMP program.

The Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program and the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) are both housed in the UTSA Office of P-20 Initiatives. The programs offer selected sophomores, juniors and seniors opportunities to participate in faculty-led research and assist with preparation for graduate school.


For more information, visit the UTSA P-20 Initiatives website or contact Darrell Balderrama, director of retention programs, at 210-458-4305.



Dec. 1, 9 a.m.

CITE Venture Competition & Exposition

The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus

Dec. 3, 5:30 p.m.

UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert

This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus

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As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.

At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.

Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.

With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.

Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.

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