UT Tyler Office of Marketing and Communications
UT Tyler Students Participate in Undergraduate Research Day in Austin
February 22, 2011
Media Contact: Hannah Buchanan
Public Affairs Specialist
Marketing and Communications
The University of Texas at Tyler
(Standing from left) UT Tyler students Chris Martinez and Kristen Chockley; Laura Jackson, special assistant to the President for external affairs; and Dr. Casey Mann, faculty co-adviser, pose for a photo with (seated) State Rep. Leo Berman.
Kristen Chockley of Plano and Chris Martinez of Benbrook, seniors at The University of Texas at Tyler, were participants in the 2011 Undergraduate Research Day at the Texas Capitol, Dr. Kenneth Wink, College of Arts and Sciences interim dean, announced.
The event showcased the experiences of undergraduate students engaged in research for Texas legislators. This year, the program themed Transforming Texas Through Undergraduate Research, highlighted how research conducted by students positively impacts Texans and the state.
Chockley, a mathematics major and Martinez, an electrical engineering major, were two of 140 undergraduate students representing 51 general academic institutions across Texas who participated. Each institution was allowed to send two students.
Dr. Jennifer McLoud-Mann, associate professor of mathematics, and Dr. David Hoe, assistant professor of electrical engineering, served as their advisers, respectively.
Student participants and their faculty advisers also toured the Capitol, attended committee hearings and the daily meeting of the Senate and House of Representatives and met with their respective legislators.
The university students are members of the UT System Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Summer Research Academy, which is a program supported by funding from the National Science Foundation.
The academy 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.