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HOMETOWN RELEASE: Winnsboro Resident Named Top Poster Presenter in UT Tyler 2010 LSAMP Research Academy
Michele Folmar of Winnsboro, an undergraduate student at The University of Texas at Tyler, was among the top six presenters in an on-campus poster presentation to conclude the 2010 UT System Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Summer Research Academy.
Her presentation was titled “Synthesis of Silver Nanoprisms with Varying Dimensions for Surface Enhanced Fluorescence.”
Dr. Tanya Shtoyko, UT Tyler assistant professor of chemistry, serves as Folmar’s faculty mentor.
The 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.
The UT-LSAMP program is supported by funding from 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.
Each of the 19 students received a fellowship stipend for their participation, and faculty mentors received funding for supplies and materials to support their student’s research activities.
Twice this summer, the SRA students also participated in videoconferences involving all LSAMP fellows and mentors across the UT System.
Dr. Stephen B. Rainwater, chair and associate professor of computer science, serves as the UT Tyler LSAMP campus director.
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.
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.