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October 7, 2008

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UT Tyler Student Researchers Participate at UT-LSAMP Conference

Front row, from left: Dave Jenkins, Jacki Hein and Heather McBride. Back row, from left: Dr. Jeffrey Mountain, Dinorah Alamilla and Abby Roth.

Students from The University of Texas at Tyler recently presented research during the 2008 UT System Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Undergraduate Research Conference held at UT El Paso, Dr. Steve Rainwater, interim chair and Chandler professor of computer science, announced.

Led by Dr. Jeffrey Mountain, associate professor of mechanical engineering, and Rainwater, the group presented results of their undergraduate research activities conducted under the supervision of faculty mentors during the LSAMP Summer Research Academy.

Students, their hometown, classification and field of research are: Dinorah Alamilla, Jacksonville junior, surface currents in high-velocity targets on radar; Dave Jenkins, Garland junior, reactive coatings: neutralizing-decontaminating coatings for chemical warfare agents; Abby Roth, Wills Point senior, synthesis and characterization of silver nano-rods and nano-triangles; Jacki Hein, Kilgore senior, science education development; and Heather McBride, Tyler senior, characterizing the effect of reversible cyclic peptide length on the diameter-selective solubilization of carbon nano-tubes.

The UT-LSAMP program is supported by the National Science Foundation and provides undergraduate research experiences in an effort to increase the number of underrepresented students pursuing graduate level studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs.

“All UT System institutions were represented at the conference as well as representatives from some of the alliance’s community college partners,” said Rainwater. “Students presented their work using oral or poster presentation formats.”

For more information, contact Rainwater, 903.566.7235 or Steve_Rainwater@uttyler.edu.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. Nearly 90 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.


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