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UT Tyler LSAMP Represented at World Science Forum

December 5, 2011

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Juan Macias of Brownsboro, a junior biology major at The University of Texas at Tyler, represented the university at the 2011 World Science Forum held in Budapest, Hungary, Dr. Stephen B. Rainwater, UT Tyler Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation program campus director, announced.

Macias attended the conference as a result of his participation as an undergraduate research fellow in the UT Tyler LSAMP program. During the program’s Summer Research Academy, he conducted LSAMP-sponsored research under the supervision of faculty mentor Dr. Blake Bextine, UT Tyler associate professor of biology.

His research focused on the amplicon optimization for high-resolution melt analysis application in molecular biology.

The World Science Forum was hosted by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, the Republic of Hungary and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. With participants from more than 50 nations, the forum promoted the quality of dialogue on the new roles and challenges of scientific knowledge with today’s global society. The UT Tyler delegation also visited Hungary’s Institute of Experimental Medicine and Budapest University of Technology and Economics.

The UT System LSAMP program is supported by the National Science Foundation and provides undergraduate research experiences in an effort to increase the number of students from underrepresented populations pursuing graduate level studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs.

For more information about the university’s LSAMP program, contact Rainwater, 903.566.7235 or srainwater@uttyler.edu.

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