The Texas A&M International University Summer Research Bootcamp was created to help undergraduate students develop foundational knowledge and skills for research, to encourage them to consider graduate school. Graduate students were also allowed to attend the bootcamp if desired. All students were assigned a mentor to work with them on their research projects which ranged from subjects such as biology, to environmental science, to business, and to public health, among others. As well as working with mentors, all students completed exercises teaching them the R data management and statistical package. The bootcamp concluded with a session where all students presented their projects to the entire team.

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Applications for the 2024 ARC Summer Bootcamp are currently being accepted!


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If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out the Program Manager, Tano Trevino at tano.trevino@tamiu.edu or 956.326.2499

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The Topics Covered Include:

  • Overview of the Scientific Method & Research
    • Introduction to the scientific method
    • Understanding the research process
    • Formulating research hypotheses
  • Review of Data Types & Basic Statistics
    • Types of data (qualitative vs. quantitative)
    • Data collection methods
    • Basic statistical concepts and analysis techniques
  • CV/Resume Writing
    • Crafting an effective academic CV or resume
    • Highlighting research experience and skills
    • Tailoring CVs/resumes for specific applications
  • Critical Assessment of Journal Articles
    • Evaluating the quality and credibility of research articles
    • Identifying key elements of research papers
    • Analyzing research methodologies and findings
  • Assessing Quality of Evidence
    • Differentiating between primary and secondary sources
    • Understanding evidence hierarchy
    • Evaluating the strength of research evidence
  • Ethics in Publishing
    • Ethical considerations in research and publication
    • Plagiarism and proper citation practices
    • Authorship and contributorship guidelines
  • Writing a Biographical Statement
    • Crafting a compelling personal biography
    • Highlighting academic and research achievements
    • Tailoring biographical statements for different purposes
  • Drafting a Research Question
    • Formulating clear and researchable questions
    • Aligning research questions with objectives and hypotheses
    • Refining research questions based on feedback
  • Work on Research Project and Present
    • Conducting literature reviews
    • Data collection and analysis
    • Preparing and delivering research presentations
    • Peer feedback and revision

And More!

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Student Presentations
Student Mentor Presentation Title
Richard Almedia Dr. Audrey Choh Too Little or Too Much Sleep Influences Mental Health: Depressive Symptoms
Jenna Arsuaga Dr. Munoz Empathy Focused Interventions
Prakash Aryal Dr. Jorgensen Thermochemical Properties of Cyclic and Caged Nitrogen Containing Explosives: HMX, RDX, and Their Derivaties
Maria Astrain Dr. Audrey Choh Hypertension and the New Guidelines
Katherine Carrera Dr. Hongwei Wang The Effect of Music on Exercise Performance
Richard Esqueda Dr. Ynalvez Suicide Acceptability Among the Hispanic Population
Saliha Garcia Dr. Luo How Does Social Media Time Consumption Impact Student's Mental Health
Norma Garcia Dr. S.K. Cho Analyzing the Relationship Between Menopause and Heart Disease
Sandra V. Garza Dr. Dmello Just One of the Guys'?: An Examination of Women's Portrayal in Scholarly Gang-Related Research
Aleah Gonzalez Dr. Mendez Heterotrophic Bacterial Growth in Soil Microcosms Irrigated with Varying Triclosan Concentrations
Jessica Hernandez Dr. Soto-Vasquez COVID-19 : Contextualizing Transitional Misinformation Flows in U.S. Latina/o/x Border Communities (Media and Communication during COVID-19
Madeline Kilburn Dr. Fenton Sociodemographic Factors Related to Fetal Deaths in the United States
Marshal Moncivais Dr. Al Lail Resource Access Within A Generalized Spatio-Temporal Role-Based Access Control Mode
Mary Newton Dr. S.K. Cho Factors That Influence Depression in Hispanic Dementia Caregivers
Alejandra Pena Dr. Jorgensen Breaking Bonds: A Theoretical Study of Bromine Halocarbons
Sugam Pokharel Dr. Tobin Determining Relation Between Coccidioidomycosis (Valley Fever) and Soil Moisture Conditions of Arizona and California Using SMERGE
Daniella Ruiz Dr. Miryoung Lee The Predictability of Irregular Periods
Cynthia San Miguel Dr. Hongwei Wang Sex Differences in Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors
Jesus A. Sanchez Dr. Ganta Analysis on COVID-19 Using Support Vector Machine
Alicia Segovia Dr. Fenton COVID-19 Deaths by Race, Ethnicity, and Age
Rachel Simon Dr. Dmello Predictors of Terrorism in the United States: An Exploratory Analysis
Paola Vidal Dr. Miryoung Lee Testing the Association Between Sarcopenia and Telomere Length
Joseph Villarreal Drs. Mayfield Examining Motivating Language (ML) Theory within Public and Private University's Mission Statements
Melissa Villarreal Dr. Desi Vasquez The Relationship Between Age and Friendship in Men
Luisa Villarreal Dr. Monica Munoz The Relationship Between the Dark Triad and Consideration of Future Consequence


Soto-Vásquez, A.D., Gonzalez, A., *Garza Garza, E., Shi, W. & Garcia, N. The Cultural Influence of Familismo in Prompting Vaccination Against COVID-19 among U.S. Latina/o/x Border Residents. Health Communication. (2024)  https://doi.org/10.1080/10410236.2024.2353418

Garza, R., Afhami, R., Mora, J. & Pazhoohi, F.  Perceptions of Beardedness for Attractiveness, Masculinity, Fighting Ability, and Partner Quality: A cross-cultural Examination Among Hispanic and Iranian Women. Adaptive Human Behavior and Physiology (2023). https://doi.org/10.1007/s40750-023-00225-y

Soto-Vásquez, A.D., Gonzalez, A., Shi, W., Garcia, N., Hernandez, J. In Review. COVID-19: Contextualizing Transnational Misinformation Flows in a U.S. Latinx Border Community. Paper in Howard Journal of Communications, Special Issue on Media and Communication during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Garcia, S., Luo, F., Maddan, S., 2022, The Impact of Political Aïliation on Support for Gun Control among Police Officers at the Southwestern Association of Criminal Justice Annual Meeting, October 2022

Tobin, K.J., Pokharel, S., Bennett, M.E., 2020. Discerning Relationships between Coccidioidomycosis (Valley Fever), Root Zone Soil Moisture, and El Nino Southern Oscillation in California and Arizona, Presentation at Fall Meeting American Geophysical Union, Virtual Meeting, December 1-17.,p.

Blackburn, Angelique M. & Eva Sanchez, (2021) Adapting the Adaptive Control Hypothesis: Characterizing New Bilingual Contexts, Sept. 25, 2021. Oral Presentation at Southwestern Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience Conference (ARMADILLO).

Blackburn, Angelique M. & Miles Perez, (2021) Anxiety in older and younger adults during the COVID-19 pandemic: Implications for Cognitive Research, November 4-7. Presentation at the Virtual 2021 Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society.

Blackburn, A. M., & Perez, M. (2021, June 28). Age-Specific Well-being Activities to Reduce Anxiety During a Health Crisis. Open Science Framework. Retrieved from osf.io/s8uer

Dmello, J. R., Garza, S., Simon, R. (2021). Guns N’ Roses: An Examination of Gang Violence Networks in New Jersey. American Society of Criminology - 76th Annual Meeting 2021

Wang, H., (2021). How did COVID-19 lockdown affect Hispanic University students' daily life?. Fall Southeastern Sectional Meeting

Soto-Vásquez, A.D. & *Sánchez-Santos, M., “El Cabal, Vacunas, y Donald Trump: An Analysis of Spanish-Language Misinformation Leading Up to the U.S. Capitol Insurrection.” Cultural Studies <-> Critical Methodologies. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F15327086221093949

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