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Student poster takes first at National Science Foundation meeting

By Colin Ashby
University News Service
June 27, 2013

Texas State University student Jose Dominguez won 1st place for undergraduate student posters at a recent National Science Foundation meeting in Washington, D.C.

The NSF’s meeting included a select group of centers, including Texas State’s NSF- Partnership for Research and Educational in Materials (PREM) Center on Interfaces in Materials.

"This award gets me publicized and known," Dominguez said. "It gives me motivation for future opportunities."

Dominguez participated as part of the NSF’s PREM. PREM is a program focused on increasing diversity in materials research. Texas State's affiliated program started in summer 2012, with a grant award of $3.1 million from the NSF. The grant established a partnership between Texas State and Research Triangle institutions in North Carolina, and will fund the first five years of the program.

There are no set requirements to be part of the Texas State PREM program. Tania Betancourt, assistant professor at Texas State, said students can get involved by simply showing an interest and talking to professors in Texas State’s College of Science and Engineering.

For more information on the PREM program, please go to