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UT Tyler Students Participate in 2011 LSAMP Research Conference
September 20, 2011
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The University of Texas at Tyler students participated in the 2011 University of Texas System Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Undergraduate Research Conference held at UT Arlington.
The students presented posters of their undergraduate research projects that were conducted under the supervision of faculty mentors during the LSAMP Summer Research Academy.
Students are listed by hometown with research field and poster title.
BIG SPRING – Michael Clarke, computer science, “Evaluation of Comparative Performance of Smartphone Platforms.”
BULLARD – Megan Ballard, mechanical engineering, “Microfluidic Vacuums.”
LINDALE – Michael Comer, chemistry, “Impact of Bisphenol-A Exposure on HOX Gene Expression in Human Cells” and Cassie Skipper, biology, “Testing the Function of an Inverted Repeated in the nrdHIEF Promoter of Escherichia coli.”
LONGVIEW – Juan Cerda, electrical engineering, “Linear Feedback Shift Register and Cellular Automata based Psuedo-Random Number Generators on Field-Programmable Gate Arrays.”
TYLER – Katy Ereman, biology, “Molecular Phylogenetics of Isle Royale Common Gartersnakes (Thamnophis sirtalis);” Juan Macias, biology, “Amplicon Optimization for High Resolution Melt Analysis to Differentiate Subspecies;” and Ciera Ward, chemistry, “Surface-Modified Nanoparticles from Acoustic Emulsion-Polymerization.”
YANTIS – James Boulger, biology, “Molecular Ecology of Isle Royale Common Gartersnake (Thamnophis sirtalis) Populations.”
As top placer in the local UT Tyler LSAMP poster competition, Macias gave an oral presentation of his research. As a selected student researcher, Skipper also gave an oral presentation from the research she conducted at UT Dallas this past summer.
Dr. Neil Gray, professor and chair of chemistry, attended the presentations in his role as faculty mentor and UT Tyler LSAMP advisory committee member. Dr. Stephen Rainwater, Chandler professor of computer science, also participated as UT Tyler LSAMP program campus director and the UT Tyler representative on the UT System LSAMP Academic Leadership Council.
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 degree programs are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of almost 7,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.