Louis Stokes passed away on August 18th

 

Many of you have already heard about the great loss we have all experienced with the passing of Congressman Louis Stokes on Tuesday, August 18th. He was a true champion of students of color in STEM. This is the reason why the national Alliances for Minority Participation program was renamed in his honor in 1999, the year he retired from Congress. The legacy of his tremendous impact will be long-lasting.

Here is one of the stories featuring him in the USA Today.

BTD fellows Andrea Delgado and Ryan Brito awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowships and Michael Whitely received Honorable Mention

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Ryan Brito

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Andrea Delgado

 

TAMUS LSAMP BTD fellows  Andrea Delgado and Ryan Brito were awarded fellowships through the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). GRFP fellows receive three years of support; $32,000 annual stipend; $12,000 cost-of-education allowance to the institution; and international research and professional development opportunities. Supercomputer access and resources are also available to GRFP fellows.

 

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Michael Whitely

 

Mitchael Whitely received an Honorable mention from NSF.

 

 

 

 

From the NSF GRFP website: The National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) helps ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the United States and reinforces its diversity.  The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited US institutions. NSF Fellows are anticipated to become knowledge experts who can contribute significantly to research, teaching, and innovations in science and engineering. These individuals are crucial to maintaining and advancing the nation’s technological infrastructure and national security as well as contributing to the economic well-being of society at large.

The NSF accords Honorable Mention to meritorious applicants who do not receive Fellowship awards. This is considered a significant national academic achievement and provides access to cyberinfrastructure resources through the XSEDE. 2004 students out of 16,000+ applicants received Honorable Mention.

 

Congratulations, Andrea, Ryan and Michael !

BTD fellow Natividad Robert Fuentes awarded Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America fellowship

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Natividad Roberto Fuentes

The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) Foundation Pharmacology/Toxicology awards support career-development activities of scientists
prepared to engage in research that integrates information on molecular or cellular mechanisms of action with information on the effects of an agent observed in an intact organism, either in experimental animal or clinical studies or both. The intent of these programs is to encourage multidisciplinary training designed to bring the perspective of molecular, cell and systems biology to bear on research in pharmacology and toxicology.

The Pre Doctoral Pharmacology and Toxicology Fellowships provides awardees with a two-year stipend as they move toward completion of their research for pharmacology and toxicology doctoral dissertations to help expand the nation’s pool of highly-trained pharmaceutical researchers.

Natividad Roberto Fuentes is a third year, Toxicology doctoral student in Dr. Robert Chapkin’s lab in Nutrition and Food Science.  His research focuses on how dietary compounds modulate cellular membrane structure and function, through cytoskeletal dependent and independent mechanisms.  Specifically how dietary compounds alter the biophysical characteristics of cellular membranes and how these changes can alter the spatial distribution of Ras proteins and consequently alter cellular signaling.  Ultimately this research seeks to elucidate the mechanisms underlying dietary inhibition of Ras signaling and furthermore, hopes to validate a novel membrane targeted approach for application in the cancer therapeutics field.

LSAMP new office location – Wisenbaker Engineering Research Center

TAMU LSAMP office has been moved to Wisenbaker Engineering Research Center on 12th January, 2015.

Our new office address is –

061, Wisenbaker Engineering Research Center,
Texas A&M University,
188 Bizzell St,
College Station, TX 77840
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Texas A&M Engineering Weekly Newsletter Article – TAMUS LSAMP Received Funding for Another Five Years

The Texas A&M Engineering Weekly newsletter wrote an article about TAMUS LSAMP’s renewal funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The funding lasts for five years.

To view  the compete article, click here.

The Opportunities in Engineering Conference November 5-9, 2014

The University of Wisconsin College of Engineering is accepting applications for the annual The Opportunities in Engineering Conference, a preview event for engineering graduate programs.  This year’s conference is scheduled for November 5-9, 2014.

For students selected to participate, all expenses including travel, housing, and food are paid by the College of Engineering (with the exception of food for Saturday and Sunday).  Selected participants will hear faculty research presentations, tour laboratories, meet with current graduate students and individually with faculty.  There will also be opportunities to explore the city of Madison and the UW campus.

Eligibility:  All applicants should be in their Junior or Senior year; students who have already completed a baccalaureate or Masters degree are also encouraged to apply.

Application deadline:  Friday, September 26, 2014.

More information and a link to the online application is available here:  http://www.engr.wisc.edu/future/coe-opportunities-in-engineering.html

For additional information, please feel free to contact Kelly Burton at kburton@engr.wisc.edu.

BTD fellows Wilmarie Marrero-Ortiz and Lindsay Nail awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

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Wilmarie Marrero-Ortiz

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Lindsay Nail

TAMUS LSAMP BTD fellows Wilmarie Marrero-Ortiz and Lindsay Nail were awarded fellowships through the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). GRFP fellows receive three years of support; $32,000 annual stipend; $12,000 cost-of-education allowance to the institution; and international research and professional development opportunities. Supercomputer access and resources are also available to GRFP fellows.

From the NSF GRFP website: The National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) helps ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the United States and reinforces its diversity.  The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited US institutions. NSF Fellows are anticipated to become knowledge experts who can contribute significantly to research, teaching, and innovations in science and engineering. These individuals are crucial to maintaining and advancing the nation’s technological infrastructure and national security as well as contributing to the economic well-being of society at large.

Congratulations, Wilmarie and Lindsay!

BTD awardees Lindsay Nail and Michael Whitely featured in Texas A&M Engineering Weekly

Lindsay Nail and Michael Whitely, two graduate students in the Department of Biomedical Engineering were recently awarded the Bridge to the Doctorate fellowship by Texas A&M University System Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (TAMUS LSAMP).

This commendation was highlighted in an article published by the Texas A&M Engineering Weekly.

Read the complete report here .

BTD honoree Spencer Hawkins awarded NASA fellowship.

Spencer Hawkins, a Ph.D. materials science and engineering student in the Polymer Technology Center and Bridge to Doctorate Fellowship honoree was recently awarded the Harriett G Jenkins Graduate Fellowship by NASA. Hawkins’ research pertains to epoxy nanocomposites and he will be taking part in a 10 week research experience at the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. As part of the fellowship, Hawkins was awarded $45,000 (research grant, stipend, and tuition offset) for one academic year, with options for renewal in two successful academic years.

This commendation was highlighted on the NASA website and TAMU engineering website.

Read the NASA article here .
Read the Dwight Look College of Engineering article here .

The 10th Annual Symposium UGR presentation winners announced!

Smart shelters, hi-tech drug delivery systems, and cancer detection – apart from being subjects of cutting edge research, these topics were also some of the winning ideas at the UGR presentations held during the 10th Annual TAMUS LSAMP Symposium.
The UGR presentations saw 47 presenters from Texas A&M university, Prairie View A&M University, and Texas A&M University Corpus Christi delivering a 2-3 minute elevator speech to introduce their research project and answer questions from the audience. All of the presenters were at their confident best and the audience too was very interested in getting to know about the area of expertise of their peers.
Participants stated that this experience was extremely useful as it helped them practice their presentation skills and receive feedback on their research. The presenters were judged by faculty from all three institutions and Bridge to the Doctorate graduate fellows. The winners were announced during the dinner and all of them were awarded gift cards.

The UGR presentations were divided into two categories: College of Science and College of Engineering.

The winners of the College of Science division were:
1st Place: Ramsey Yusuf, TAMU.
2nd Place: Vernikka Woods, PVAMU and Daryl Gaspar, TAMUCC.
3rd Place: Javier Santiago, TAMU

The winners of the College of Engineering division were:
1st Place: Leticia Ibarra, TAMU and Adrian Salgado, PVAMU
2nd Place: Dennis Perry, PVAMU
3rd Place: George Kimani, PVAMU and Andres Ramos, TAMUCC