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UT Tyler Student Researchers Participate in 2010 UT-LSAMP Conference

September 24, 2010

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Students from The University of Texas at Tyler participated in the 2010 UT System Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Undergraduate Research Conference held at UT El Paso, Dr. Stephen Rainwater, UT Tyler LSAMP program campus director, announced.

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

Student participants, listed by hometown with research field and poster title were:

GILMER – Leona Caldemeyer, biology, “Effect of Non-Chemical and Chemical Stressor Interactions on the Biology and Morphology of a Mosquito Vector.”

HOUSTON – Samantha Steinley, biology, “Efficiency of Liposomal Tobramycin on Inhibiting Pseudomonas aeruginosa Adherence to Human Lung Cells.”

LINDALE – Michael Comer, chemistry, “Simulations of Protein Diffusion in Cell Membranes” and Cassie Skipper, biology, “Development of QRT-PCR Protocols for Rapid Xylella fastidiosa Subspecies Differentiation and Analysis.”

PLANO – Kristen Chockley, mathematics, “On the Relationship Between Minimal Lattice Knots and Minimal Hexagonal Prism Knots.”

WINNSBORO – Michele Folmar, chemistry, “Synthesis of Silver Nanoprisms with Varying Dimensions for Surface Enhanced Fluorescence.”

Caldemeyer placed first in the science poster competition. As top placer in the local UT Tyler LSAMP poster contest, Comer gave an oral presentation of his research. UT Tyler chemistry major Blake Wilson of Troup also presented a poster at the conference from the research he conducted at UT Dallas this past summer.

Rainwater and Dr. Jeffrey Mountain, associate professor of mechanical engineering, accompanied the student group. Mountain also served as a poster judge in the engineering category.

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.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 80 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,400 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.

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