Texas A&M University-Kingsville

McNair Scholars Present Research At Annual Conference

KINGSVILLE - March 03, 2008

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

Two students from Texas A&M University-Kingsville’s McNair Scholars Program presented their research at the 10th annual Texas National McNair Research Conference and Graduate School Fair at the University of North Texas in Denton.

Yvette Guerra, a junior biology major from Kingsville, presented her research on Biomedical Analysis on the Venom of a Lachesis muta muta, Bushmaster Sub-Species. Her faculty mentors are Dr. John C. Perez, Regents professor and director of the Natural Toxins Research Center, and Dr. Elda Sanchez, assistant director of NTRC.

Hannah Romo, a junior chemistry major from Uvalde, presented her research on Molecular Engineering of BMRP Deletion Mutant Expression Plasmids. Her faculty mentors are Dr. Maribel Gonzalez-Garcia, associate professor in chemistry, and Dr. Rafael Perez-Ballestero, associate professor in biological and health sciences.

Guerra and Romo were selected to present at the conference based on their active participation in the program and the quality of their research.

Two recently selected McNair Scholars attended the meeting in order to get experience networking and presenting research. Attending were Iris De Leon, a senior biomedical science major from Alice, and Arielle McEwin, a sophomore biomedical sciences major from Dallas.

All four A&M-Kingsville students met with graduate school representatives, took departmental tours and met with faculty members. The meeting was held Feb. 15-17.

The Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program is named in honor of Dr. Ronald E. McNair, an astronaut who died in the space shuttle Challenger and was the second black American to fly in space. It offers students exposure to the techniques used in major research programs by allowing them to conduct research under the guidance of graduate mentors from the disciplines in which they hope to pursue graduate study. In addition to research, the McNair program prepares students for graduate school admission, helps them with application letter, tutors them for graduate school entrance exams and helps them obtain financial aid information.

For more information about the McNair Scholars Program, call 361-593-2095.

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