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Undergraduate Research

Students in research lab

One of the Building Scholars’ goals is to engage undergraduate students in original research. Undergraduate research experiences enhance the quality of the student’s learning experience and promote a variety of important skills. According to student surveys, undergraduate research has been a top activity contributing to student engagement at TAMIU. The University has expanded the capacity to offer research opportunities to undergraduates in all disciplines in order to increase student engagement and success. Building Scholars is helping to continue to provide the infrastructure for research across campus by implementing an undergraduate research program for all disciplines.

Our current faculty has the background and training to mentor undergraduate research projects in a wide range of fields including biology, chemistry, engineering, mathematics, physics, sociology, psychology, communications, business, education, humanities, public affairs and nursing. Sharing research results among colleagues is an important step in building expertise in the field, and it is expected that faculty members involved in research with undergraduate students include students in their research and publications. The following is a list of projects supported by the program. Any journal and conference presentations as a result of these activities are appended below. The persons boldfaced received funding from the Building Scholars program.

PUBLICATIONS

 

  1. Almanza-Ortega, E. (2018). Building Scholars: Strategies to Improve Student Retention in Undergraduate Programs. 10th Annual AHSIE Best Practice Conference, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL, March 25-28, 2018.
  2. Arellano, J.J. (2017). Using Technology in the Elementary Mathematics Classroom. The International Conference on Technology in Collegiate Mathematics (ICTCM), Chicago, IL, March 9-12, 2017.
  3. Arellano, J.J. (2018). Growth Mindset Effects on Mathematics Performance. The Coastal Bend Mathematics & Statitics Conference, Corpus Christi, TX, March 30-3, 2018. 
  4. Casey, J.E., Lin, R., Mireles, S. V., & Goonatilake, R. (2018). Community Aid for Hispanic STEM Students: Support Through Success Workshops (a poster presentation). The 8th Annual - 2018 STEAM/STEM Education Conference, Honolulu, HI, June 6-8, 2018.
  5. Cervantes, F., Quintana, F.G., & Wang, H. (2018). Measurement of Liver Size by Imaging Methods Unveils Fatty Liver and Hepatomegaly in Overweight Mexican-American Children (a poster presentation). The 78th Scientific Sessions of American Diabetes Association (ADA) Conference, Orlando, FL, June 22-26, 2018.
  6. Garza, R. Heredia, R.R., & Cieslicka, A.B. (2016). Male and Female Perception of Physical Attractiveness: An Eye Movement Study. Evolutionary Psychology, 1-6, DOI: 10.177/1474704916631614.
  7. Goonatilake, R., Maldonado, S. C., Cadena, A., Segovia, P. M. (2018). "A Glimpse of Noyce Scholarship Program Tailored Towards Teaching Diverse Students (oral & poster presentation). The 2018 Southeastern Regional Robert Noyce Connections, Mobile, AL, June 21-23, 2018.
  8. Goonatilake, R., San Miguel, M., Lin, R., Maldonado, S.C., Garza, A.C., (2016). Assessing Core Curriculum in the Foundational Component Area of Mathematics for Undergraduate Research, the 28th International Conference on Technology in Collegiate Mathematics (ICTCM), Atlanta, GA, March 10-13, 2016.
  9. Hasan, M.Z., Beattie, E., Witt, J., Mohiuddin, W., Fink, R., (2018). Development and Calibration of a Portable Controller for Adjustable Pulmonary Artery Shunt. American Journal of Advanced Research (AJAR), Vol. 2 No. 1, pp 18 - 23, December 2018.
  10. Hasan, M.Z., Fink R., James D., Gamboa J., “Performance Validation of an Energy Efficient Elevator Controller”, International Journal of Engineering Research and Innovation (IJERI), Vol. 8 No. 2, pp 16 - 24, March 2017.
  11. Hasan M.Z., Fink, R., Vargas, M., Adame, J., Hernandez, E., “Development and Evaluation of Traffic Signal Algorithms to Support Future Measure of Effectiveness (MOE)”, 2016 IEEE International Conference on Eelectro/Information technology, May 19-21, 2016, University of North Dakota & North Dakota State University, Grand Forks, ND.
  12. He W., Lin R., & Zhang Z. (2016). Ultraconvergence of finite element method by Richardson extrapolation for elliptic problems with constant coefficients. SIAM Journal on Numerical Analysis, 54, pp. 2302–2322 (DOI: 10.1137/15M1031710)
  13. Heredia, R.R., & Cieślicka, A.B., (2016). Metaphoric reference: An eye movement analysis of bilingual readers. Frontiers in Psychology. Doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00439
  14. Huber, T., Sanmiguel, E.R., & Cestou, L.P. (2018). International Service-Learning for Developing Globally Competent Educators: Muffled Voices of the Children of Batey 7 (a poster presentation). The 18th International Conference on Diversity in Organization, Communities & Nations. University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, June 8, 2018.
  15. Huber, T., Sanmiguel, E.R., & Cestou, L.P. & Reyes, A. (2018). Creating a Culture of Criticial Consciousness to Develop Intercultural Competence in Educators. Paper for the 18th International Conference on Diversity in Organization, Communities & Nations, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, June 8, 2018
  16. Kim, J.W. & Chen, G. M. (2018). Incivility or Civility: Which Works best to Dispel Fake Political News?. The American Political Science Association (APSA) Annual Convention, Boston, MA, August 30 - September 2, 2018
  17. Lin, R. (2017). Finite Element Circus, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, April 21-22, 2017.
  18. Lin, R. (2016). Ultraconvergence of finite element method by Richardson extrapolation, The 11th AIMS International Conference on Dynamical Systems, Differential Equations and Applications, Orlando, FL, July 1-5, 2016.
  19. Maldonado, S.C. (2017). 9th Annual AHSIE Best Practice Conference: Building and Sustaining Powerful Partnerships for Student Success at HSIs. University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV, April 9-12, 2017.
  20. Maroonroge, S., Chen, H.C., and Barragan, C. (2018). Resonant Frequency (RF) of Middle Ear: Clinical Utility for Conductive Hearing Loss. American Academy of Audiology Annual Convention, Nashville, TN, April 18-21, 2018.
  21. Maroonroge, S., Rodriguez, Y., Palos, A., Perez, S., and De Los Santos, S. (2018). Laredo We Have a Problem...Noise. American Academy of Audiology Annual Convention, Nashville, TN, April 18-21, 2018.
  22. Quintana, F.G., Wang, H., Hernandez, Hernandez, J., Goonatilake, R., De La Torre, A., Torres, R. (2018). Understanding the Laredo Texas Murine Typhus Endemic-disease Focus. Proceeding of the DIN 68th Annual Conference of Diseases in Nature Transmissible to Man, Houston, TX, May 23-25, 2018.
  23. Warner, J.A. & Goonatilake, R. (2016). The Immigration-Industrial Prison Complex, Profit, and the Hispanization of Federal Detention and Imprisonment. Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, Seattle, WA, August 2016.

EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES

Donnell, Wendy L., PH.D.
Educational Applications:
  • Attendance to the 3rd Annual South Texas Tropical Medicine & Vector Borne Disease Conference, South Padre Island, TX on February 14 - 16, 2018.
Gill, Puneet s., PH.D.
Educational Applications:
  • Coding with Robots: After school research project with Colonel Santos Benavides Elementary School, Fall 2017 and Spring 2018
Hasan, Muhammad Z., PH.D.
Research Applications:
  • Wrong Way Driving Detection using V21 Communication: This project is to design and implement a solution to wrong way drivers in the city of San Antonio, TX. THis will be accomplished by working with TxDOT, and possibly TTI in order to accurately develop a system that successfully contributes to the solution using existing technologies like ITS. Car's GPS can help us detect wrong way drivers (WWD). 
Hilburn, Andrew M., Ph.D.
Educational Applications:
  • GEOG 4340: Maps, Mapping, and Society Class used GPS to collect field data for lab exercise
  • Three students used GPS units and incorporated GPS technology for their final projects in GEOG 4340
  • Building Scholars Summer Research Week students participated in two GPS field mapping sessions in July 2016
  • GEOG 3451: GIS for the Social Sciences will learn and operate GPS units for class exercises and final projects
  • GEOG 1301: Physical Geography students were trained in the theory and use of GPS technology for a class lab exercise
  • GPS units will be featured for promotional efforts to attract students to the geography minor
 Research Applications:
  • Dr. Hilburn will use GPS units in research on agrarian and energy landscapes in east-central Mexico in Summer 2017
  • Dr. Hilburn will use GPS units in research on garbage management in southern Mexico in Summer 2017 and possibly Winter Break 2016. 
Janamanchi, Balaji, Ph.D.
Educational Applications
  • Janamanchi, B. (2017). System Dynamics Summer Camp, MIT, Cambridge, MA, July 11-14, 2017.
  • Colloquium presentation entitled: "System Dynamic Simulation Modeling" on October 19, 2017 for TAMIU faculty and students in the Department of Mathematics and Physics and the School of Engineering.
Lin, Runchang, Ph.D.
Research Applications:
MS Thesis Research Projects:
    (1) Numerical Simulation to the Fitzhugh-Nagumo Model with Strong Reaction by Hongson Feng
    (2) Approximate Solutions to the Allen-Cahn Equation Using the Finite Difference Method by Jamil Malik Villarreal
Maroonroge, sumalai, ph.d.
Research Applications
  • Equipment funded for the undergraduate research project entitled "Laredo, We Have a Problem...Noise". This project uses TAMIU as a setting for research on classroom acoustics and student academic performance. 
Ni, Qingwen, ph. d. and Holland, douglas
Educational Activities
  • Project: 
    • The high field NMR requires helium in order to keep the superconducting coils that power the magnet cooled below its critical superconducting temperature (Tc), thus providing a near-absolute zero environment. The supply of the helium gas for the magnet is used with the solid state probe to measure the bond bound water on mice samples. The most sample measurements are done in our low field NMR. The data gathered from the probe will be used in preparation of project proposal(s) for conferences. 
  • Dissemination:
    • Qingwen Ni, Douglas Holland, and Xiaodu Wang "Characterization of Disuse Mouse Bone Structural Changes by Nuclear Magnetic Resonance" published on the Proceedings of The 2018 International Conference on Biomedical Engineering & Sciences, July 30 - August 02, 2018, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. ISBN: 1-60132-472-3, CSREA Press.
Tashtoush, Tariq h., ph.D.
Research Applications
  • Attendance at the Two-Day Mandatory Coach/Faculty Green Power USA Teacher Professional Development Workshop, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Edinburg, TX on September 22-23, 2017.
  • Attendance to the Siemens Software Training and GreenPower USA Pre-COmpetition Meet to be held in UTRGV-Brownsville Campus, Brownsville, TX on Saturday, March 3, 2018. UTRGV and its award winning program, Hispanic Engineering, Science, and Technology (HESTEC) Week, partnered with GreenPower USA Foundation to bring this competition that uses the excitement of motorsport to inspire students from primary to university to excel in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) studies.
  • Supplies and materials for the undergraduate research project entitled: "Industrial Robotics Safety and Human Robotics Interaction". This project aims to design and build attachment devices that can be added to industrial robots to make them safer for human interaction at low cost utilizing state-of-art technology and image process and sensing techniques.
Zawisza, Thomas T., Ph.D.
Educational Applications:
  • Attendance to an 8-week Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) Summer Program, Summer 2016 at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. Students in CRIJ 4325 are now using R for statistical modeling, instead of SPSS
Research Applications:
  • Dr. Zawisza and Dr. Hilburn are working closely with an undergraduate student who wishes to get her PhD. Some of the research she is doing is a direct result of the information learned at Ann Arbor, conference.