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UT Tyler Students Participate in UT-LSAMP Conference


Students at LSAMP Conference

Students from The University of Texas at Tyler participated in the 2007 UT System Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Undergraduate Research Conference held at UT San Antonio, Dr. Stephen Rainwater, interim chair and associate professor of computer science, announced.

The students presented results of their undergraduate research activities conducted under the supervision of faculty mentors during the LSAMP Summer Research Academy.

Posters were presented by Israel Ortiz (chemistry), Abigail Green (biology – faculty mentor Dr. Ali Azghani), Andrew Palican (mechanical engineering – faculty mentor Dr. Jeff Mountain) and Chevaun McCray (biology – faculty mentor Dr. Neil Ford). Palican won third place in poster presentations, and Ortiz’s poster was recognized as honorable mention in that category. Abby Roth (chemistry – faculty mentor Dr. Tanya Shtoyko) made an oral presentation of her research. Roth was awarded first place in the oral presentation competition.

Student group

All UT System component institutions were represented at the conference as well as representatives from some of the Alliance’s community college partners. Students presented their work using oral or poster presentation formats. 

Rainwater, who also serves as campus director of the UT Tyler LSAMP program, accompanied the student group and served as a judge for the oral presentation sessions.

During the Summer Research Academy, Azghani, Ford, Mountain and Shtoyko served as mentors for students. The UT-LSAMP program provides undergraduate research experiences in an effort to increase the number of underrpresented students pursing academic studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs.


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