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November 23, 2009

Media Contact: Hannah Buchanan
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UT Tyler LSAMP Delegation Participates at World Science Forum


Lauren Thomas of Tyler, a junior biology major at The University of Texas at Tyler, participated in the World Science Forum held earlier this month in Budapest, Hungary as a member of the University of Texas System Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Undergraduate Research Academy.

Thomas attended the conference as a result of her participation as an undergraduate research fellow in the UT Tyler LSAMP program. Since the fall of 2008, she has conducted LSAMP-sponsored research under the supervision of faculty mentor, Dr. Ali Azghani, UT Tyler associate professor of biology.

Dr. Stephen B. Rainwater, UT Tyler acting chair and Chandler professor of computer science, accompanied Thomas. Rainwater serves as UT Tyler LSAMP program campus director.

The World Science Forum was hosted by Hungarian Academy of Sciences, the Republic of Hungary and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. With participants from more than 50 countries around the world, the forum was held to promote the quality of dialogue on the new roles and challenges of scientific knowledge with today’s global society.

The UT Tyler delegation also visited Eötvös Loránd University, the Hungary Ministry for Culture and Education and the Geological Institute and Museum of Hungary.

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.

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

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