Texas A&M University-Kingsville

More Than 100 Student Presentations at First-ever Javelina Research Symposium

KINGSVILLE - April 30, 2010

Contact: Jason Marton
jason.marton@tamuk.edu or 361.593.4143

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When the call when out for student research presentations for Texas A&M University-Kingsville’s first Javelina Research Symposium, more than 110 students responded.

The April 26 event was held primarily at the Memorial Student Union Building ballrooms, with poster presentations in the ballrooms and oral presentations in Eckhardt Hall.

Presentations could reflect completed or on-going research projects, and had to be original in nature. The Javelina Research Symposium was supported financially by the Promoting Post-Baccalaureate Opportunities for Hispanic Americans (PPOHA) Title V grant program, “Strengthening Graduate Education at Texas A&M University-Kingsville” and University College.

Dr. Dann Brown, dean of University College and the principle investigator of the grant, said responses were overwhelmingly positive from both student participants and faculty who volunteered their time to judge and organize. “As well, everyone shared a sense of accomplishment and pride in what Texas A&M-Kingsville has achieved in support of its research agenda, given the breadth and depth of the presentations. 

“It was easy to understand how we became only the second institution in the Texas A&M University System to eclipse $20 million in externally-funded research after walking through the poster session and listening to students discussing their work.”

When Brown was asked to reflect on goals achieved for the event, he responded, “Our initial goal was to provide students with an opportunity to present the results of their scholarly work on campus with the hope that participants would gain valuable experience in communication and presentation. Employers nationally have indicated that these skills are important as they expand their workforce, so we wanted to make sure our A&M-Kingsville students would be the very best candidates for future employment and graduate school. We exceeded this goal during our first Symposium.

“A second goal of the Javelina Research Symposium was to bring the campus together in a celebration and recognition of the exceptional work that our students are doing in the area of scholarship. Turnout from volunteers and the campus community indicated, to me, that everyone was engaged in presentations and discussions which focused our collective energies on the productivity we demonstrate in research and scholarly activities at Texas A&M-Kingsville.”

Brown said the steering committee will meet in the coming weeks to recap the positives and negatives of the event, and think about the next Javelina Research Symposium.

“One important agenda item will be space. We anticipate the Javelina Research Symposium growing over time and will need to identify space for oral and poster presentation sessions. We had over 110 participants this year in the two formats and I wouldn’t be surprised if we had greater than 150 participants next year. At any rate, this is a good problem to have!”

Javelina Research Symposium Official Results
Doctoral Division
Arturo Caso, Agriculture & Enviromental Science, President's Award, Oral Presentation
Felix Ayala-A., Agriculture & Enviromental Science, President's Award, Poster Presentation
Andrew Tri, Agriculture & Enviromental Science, Provost's Award, Oral Presentation           
Aaron Foley, Agriculture & Enviromental Science, Provost's Award, Poster Presentation
N Jan Ashley, Education, President's Award, Oral Presentation
Sree Singaraju, Engineering, President's Award, Oral Presentation
Jessica Ruiz, Engineering, President's Award, Poster Presentation
Jose Cabezas, Engineering, Provost's Award, Oral Presentation
Martin Alcala, Jr, Engineering, Provost's Award, Poster Presentation

Master’s Division
Erin Cord, Agriculture & Enviromental Science, President's Award, Oral Presentation
Kristopher Van Bogelen, Agriculture & Enviromental Science, President's Award, Poster Presentation
Joe Holbrook, Agriculture & Enviromental Science, Provost's Award, Oral Presentation
Martha Ramirez, Agriculture & Enviromental Science, Provost's Award, Poster Presentation
Harmeet Singh, Business, President's Award, Oral Presentation
Gina Garza- Reyna, Education, President's Award, Oral Presentation
Lydia Landin- Ortiz, Education, President's Award, Poster Presentation
Ajay Yelmanchi, Engineering, President's Award, Oral Presentation
Alexander Murillo, Engineering, President's Award, Poster Presentation
Amrutha Sakaray, Engineering, Provost's Award, Poster Presentation
Vanessa Garcia, Engineering, Dean’s Award, Poster Presentation
Mara Contraras, Engineering, Honorable Mention, Poster Presentation
Jesus Silvas, Life Sciences, President's Award, Oral Presentation
Chun Hui Yin, Life Sciences, President's Award, Poster Presentation
Geetha Birudala, Physical Science & Mathematics, President's Award, Oral Presentation
Cheryl Chaunch, Physical Science & Mathematics, President's Award, Poster Presentation
Juan Conde, Physical Science & Mathematics, Provost’s Award, Poster Presentation

Bachelor’s Division
Carlos Gonzalez, Agriculture & Enviromental Science, President's Award, Poster Presentation
Dyana Bullinger, Education, President's Award, Poster Presentation
Oscar Corripio, Engineering, President's Award, Oral Presentation
Stacey Henrion, Engineering, President's Award, Poster Presentation
Brandon Kaderka, Engineering, Provost's Award, Poster Presentation
Ashley Guardiola, Life Sciences, President's Award, Oral Presentation
Amanda Waclawczyk, Life Sciences, President's Award, Poster Presentation
Victoria Perez, Life Sciences, Provost's Award, Poster Presentation
Tracey Alvarado, Life Sciences, Dean’s Award, Poster Presentation
Esteban Cantu, Physical Science & Mathematics, President's Award, Oral Presentation
Paul Laraway, Physical Science & Mathematics, President's Award, Poster Presentation


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