Texas A&M University-Kingsville

McNair Scholars present work, including first business researcher

KINGSVILLE - August 15, 2006

Contact: Julie Navejar
kajam03@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2590

Students from the Ronald E. McNair program at Texas A&M University-Kingsville recently participated in the 11 th annual Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program making presentations on their research.

This year marked the first time a business student participated in the program as Angelica Gallegos, a senior business major/psychology minor from San Diego made her presentation. It was entitled The Impact of Top Management on the Linkage between the Market Orientation Level of Cross-Functional New Product Teams and New Product Program Success: An Empirical Examination. Her faculty mentor is Dr. George Gresham, assistant professor of marketing and management.

Maria Botello, a junior psychology/sociology major from Corpus Christi, made her presentation on Academic and Self-Efficacy Measured Results of Grandchildren Residing with Grandparents. Her faculty mentors are Drs. Chiung-Fang Chang and Laura Garza, assistant professors of psychology and sociology.

Hilda I. Garcia, a senior bilingual education major from Roma, presented her research under the direction of faculty mentor Dr. Lento Maez, bilingual education professor, and Nancy Nava, bilingual education graduate student. Her presentation was entitled Teachers’ Attitudes Towards Code Switching in the Elementary Classroom: An Ethnographic Study.

Marisol Cruz Gomez, a senior psychology major from Odem presented Academic Success in the College Classroom According to Seating Preferences in Relation to Gender and Ethnicity. Her faculty mentor was Dr. Laura Garza, assistant professor of psychology and sociology.

Krisan Kelley, a senior range and wildlife management major from Kingsville presented her paper under the guidance of Dr. David Hewitt, associate professor and research scientist with the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute. Her presentation is entitled The Physiological Effects of Gossypol, a Chemical in Cotton Seed, on Male White-tailed Deer.

Senior mathematics major, Juan Jose Moreno, from Roma made his presentation Using LEGO® MINDSTORMS™ for the Creation and Testing of a Computer Controlled Robotic Arm for a Remotely Operated Pendulum Experiment. His faculty mentor is Dr. Daniel Suson, professor and chair of physics and geosciences.

Alejandra A. Ortega, a junior political science major from Kingsville works under the direction of Dr. J.D. Phaup, political science professor. Her presentation was Support for Women’s Equality:
A Public Opinion Study

Bruce Robertson, a senior from Riviera is majoring in psychology, sociology and criminology. His presentation is entitled A Study of Adolescent Substance Use in Mexican American Grandparent-Headed Households. He works under the guidance of Drs. Chiung-Fang Chang and Laura Garza, assistant professors of psychology and sociology.

Amanda R. Rodriguez, a junior communications major from Odem, worked under the guidance of Eric Ramos, lecturer in communications and theatre arts. Her presentation was A Rhetorical Analysis of the Confrontational and Mobilization Strategies Utilized by Dr. Hector P. Garcia and the American G.I. Forum in the Movement to Desegregate Mexican and Anglo Schools in Texas.

Katie Smith, a senior psychology/sociology major from Kingsville presented her research on Finding Congruency Within Worries and Work: An Investigation of Worry and Its Relationship to Vocational Preferences. She worked under the guidance of Drs. William Kelly and Donald Daughtry, assistant professors of psychology/sociology.

Nahogany Brown, a senior biology major from Victoria, presented her poster on Fox L2 Regulation of GnRH Receptor Gene: A Real Time Analysis. She was under the direction of Dr. Kenneth Escudero, assistant biology professor, and Brianne Givens, biology graduate student.

Another senior biology major, Angelica Garcia of El Paso, presented her poster on Partial Purification of a Fibrinolytic Enzyme from the Venom of Agkistrodon piscivorus leucostoma (Western Cottonmouth). She worked with Dr. John Perez, Regents Professor of biology and director; and Dr. Elda Sanchez, assistant director, both from the Natural Toxins Research Center.

Veronica Jimenez, a junior chemistry major from Petronila, presented her poster on Implementation of Inductively Coupled Plasma Emission Spectroscopy for the Analysis of Uranium. She was under the guidance of faculty mentor Louis Salinas with Mesteña Uranium, LLC in Encino.

Sergio Luna, a junior chemical engineering major from Brownsville presented his poster. He was under the direction of chemistry faculty Dr. Nicholas Beller, associate professor; Dr. Sajid Bashir, assistant professor; and Dr. Mauro Castro, professor. His presentation was entitled Matrix-assisted Laser Desorption/Ionization (MALDI) Mass Spectrometry with Re-engineered Methyl Benzoic Acid Derivative of 2, 5-Dihydroxybenozoic Acid.

Senior biology major Renato Regalado, of Brownsville worked under faculty mentors Dr. John Perez, Regents Professor of biology and director; and Dr. Elda Sanchez, assistant director, both from the Natural Toxins Research Center. His poster was entitled Mutation of Crotalus atrox Genes by
Multi-Site Directed Mutagenesis

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