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HOMETOWN RELEASE: Plano Resident Representing UT Tyler Participates in Undergraduate Research Day in Austin

February 22, 2011

Media Contact: Hannah Buchanan
Public Affairs Specialist
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The University of Texas at Tyler

Kristen Chockley of Plano, a senior mathematics major at The University of Texas at Tyler, participated in the 2011 Undergraduate Research Day at the 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.

Her research presentation was titled “On the Relationship Between Minimal Lattice Knots and Minimal Prism Knots.”

Chockley was one of 140 undergraduate students representing 51 general academic institutions across Texas who participated. Each institution was allowed to send two students.

Drs. Jennifer McLoud-Mann and Casey Mann, UT Tyler associate professors of mathematics, served as faculty co-advisers.

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.

Chockley is a member 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.

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