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UT Tyler Students Participate in 2011 Summer Research Academy

June 7, 2011

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

Seven undergraduate students at The University of Texas at Tyler are participants in the UT System Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation 2011 Summer Research Academy, under the mentorship of faculty from the Colleges of Arts and Sciences and Engineering and Computer Science.

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

BIG SPRING – Michael Clarke, computer science, Dr. Nary Subramanian.

BULLARD – Megan Ballard, mechanical engineering, Dr. Jeffrey Mountain.

LONGVIEW – Juan Cerda, electrical engineering, Dr. David Hoe.

TYLER – Katy Ereman, biology, Dr. John Placyk; Juan Macias, biology, Dr. Blake Bextine; and Ciera Ward, chemistry, Dr. Neil Gray.

YANTIS – James Boulger, biology, Dr. John Placyk.

Now in its 20th year, the UT-LSAMP program is supported by funding from the National Science Foundation and provides undergraduate research experiences in an effort to encourage students from underrepresented groups to pursue graduate level studies in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics programs.

Each student will receive a fellowship stipend for their participation and faculty mentors receive funding for supplies and materials to support their student’s research activities.

The SRA students will participate in a videoconference involving all LSAMP fellows and mentors across the UT System. They also will give poster presentations of their research projects results at the academy’s conclusion and the annual UT-LSAMP Student Research Conference Sept. 17 –19 at UT Arlington.

Dr. Stephen B. Rainwater, department chair and Chandler professor of computer science, serves as local campus director of the UT Tyler LSAMP program. Dr. Don McClaugherty, chair and professor of chemistry, and Dr. Jeffrey Mountain, associate professor of mechanical engineering, also contribute 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 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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