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The Fifth Annual Undergraduate Research Conference

Fifth Annual Undergraduate Research Conference

Who & What: The Office of the Associate Vice President for Research and the Honors College sponsored the 5th Annual Undergraduate Research Conference.  Each year, they sponsor an Undergraduate Research Conference (URC).  The goal of the event is to showcase and celebrate Texas State undergraduate student work from the different colleges and disciplines.  The URC is a wonderful way for students and faculty to learn about the different research projects that are occurring on the Texas State campus.

When: 2 & 3 December, 2010

Where: LBJ Student Center 3-9.1 and 3-14.1

Keynote Speaker:

Professor Jason Reed, Texas State University, Department of Photography 

"Borderland Collective: Research to Create Change"

Professor Jason Reed, director of the social art project Borderland Collective, will use his personal work as a model of research that has a basis in personal passion, high ideals, necessary utility, and social sustainability. With the desire to create social and cultural change through his research Professor Reed founded Borderland Collective in 2008. Using diverse creative mediums such as photography and creative writing, Reed and his colleagues facilitate collaborative storytelling between artists, teachers, youth and families living in the US/Mexico borderland region, exhibit and publish the results of their collaborations, and preserve the work in an archive that puts forward an alternative history of our time driven by everyday voices.

Joseph Whitt, Sherille Bradley, Amanda Duran, Lucinda Choules, and Danielle Faurie
Joseph Whitt, Sherille Bradley, Amanda Duran, Lucinda Choules, and Danielle Faurie

The Fall 2010 research presentations were very competitve and well-presented. The first place prize was $250 and the second place prize was $150. The winners were:

First place:
Danielle Faurie, "Uranium Remediation in Hanford Vadose Zone Sediments by Ammonia Gas Treatment"

Second place:
Lucinda Choules, "The Efficacy of Garlic as an Antibacterial Agent"

Honorable mentions:
Sherille Bradley, "Changes in Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa Grown in Mixed Culture for 500 Generations"

Amanda Duran, "Characterization of Singlet Oxygen Generated DNA-Protein Cross-links"

Joseph Whitt, "Trafficking Patterns of Candida albicans Cell Mutants Within Murine Macrophages Upon Phagocytosis"

Photos of the URC