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August 5, 2010

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UT Tyler Undergraduate Students Present 2010 LSAMP Research Posters

Top six LSAMP research poster presenters are (from left): Samantha Steinley, Michele Folmar, Michael Comer, Kristen Chockley, Leona Caldemeyer; and Cassie Skipper. Comer's presentation placed first by a panel of university scholars.

These students also will present their research project results at the UT System LSAMP Student Research Conference to be held Sept. 16 – 18 at UT El Paso.

Twelve undergraduate students at The University of Texas at Tyler participated in an on-campus poster presentation to conclude the 2010 UT System Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Summer Research Academy, Dr. Stephen B. Rainwater, UT Tyler LSAMP program campus director, announced.  

The participating research fellows, listed by hometown with their research field and faculty mentor were:

GILMER – Leona Caldemeyer, biology, Dr. Troy Anderson.

HOUSTON – Samantha Steinley, biology, Dr. Ali Azghani.

LINDALE – Michael Comer, chemistry, Dr. Jennifer Pearce; and Cassie Skipper, biology, Dr. Blake Bextine.

LONGVIEW – Janet Arras, biology, Bextine.

PLANO – Kristen Chockley, mathematics, Dr. Jennifer McLoud-Mann.

TROUP – Chris Martinez, electrical engineering, Dr. David Hoe.

TYLER – Anastasia DeRoussel, biology, Anderson; Juan Galvan, biology, Dr. John Placyk; Gerardo Mederos, biology, Azghani; and Lauren Thomas, biology, Azghani.

WINNSBORO – Michele Folmar, chemistry, Dr. Tanya Shtoyko.

Comer’s presentation titled, “Simulations of Protein Diffusion in Cell Membranes,” was ranked first place by a panel consisting of university scholars.

Other top poster presenters and research titles, in no ranking order, are:

  • Caldemeyer, “Effect of Non-Chemical and Chemical Stressor Interactions on the Biology and Morphology of a Mosquito Vector.”
  • Chockley,” On the Relationship Between Minimal Lattice Knots and Minimal Hexagonal Prism Knots.”
  • Folmar “Synthesis of Silver Nanoprisms with Varying Dimensions for Surface Enhanced Fluorescence.”
  • Skipper, “Development of QRT-PCR Protocols for Rapid Xylella fastidiosa Subspecies Differentiation and Analysis.”
  • Steinley, “Efficiency Of Liposomal Tobramycin On Inhibiting Pseudomonas Aeruginosa Adherence To Human Lung Cells.”

These six students also will present their research project results at the UT System LSAMP Student Research Conference to be held Sept. 16 – 18 at UT El Paso.

Each student received a fellowship stipend for their participation, and faculty mentors received funding for supplies and materials to support their student’s research activities. UT Tyler faculty members Dr. Don McClaugherty, chair and professor of chemistry; Dr. Don Killebrew, chair and professor of biology; and Dr. Jeffrey Mountain, associate professor of mechanical engineering, also contributed in their supporting roles on the program’s advisory committee.    

Twice this summer, the SRA students also participated in videoconferences involving all LSAMP fellows and mentors across the UT System.                                                                                                      

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 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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