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LU students present research at national conference

Three Lamar University students will attend the annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research on April 3-5 at the University of Kentucky. Mathematics and computer science major Chelsea Boling and chemical engineering major Progga Chirontoni of Beaumont and chemistry major Jamie Stafford of Nederland submitted research abstracts and were selected from more than 4,000 applicants.

Boling’s abstract, “Semantic Similarity of Documents Using Latent Semantic Analysis,” was sponsored by Kumer Das, associate professor of mathematics. Chirontoni’s abstract, “Electrochemical Measurement of Toxic Metal Contaminants in the Waters of the Golden Triangle Area,” was sponsored by Andrew Gomes, associate professor of chemical engineering. Stafford’s abstract, “Producing Fuel from Carbon Dioxide,” was sponsored by Jose Andino, instructor of chemistry.

“The winning abstracts are very well-written, and the studies are well-designed,” said Das, who also serves as the director for the Office of Undergraduate Research. “Most importantly, all these studies have very good potential.”

The students will receive funding for the projects through the Office of Undergraduate Research (O.U.R.), which aided in the students’ application process. The students may also receive funding from the Council on Undergraduate Research.

The National Conference on Undergraduate Research, sponsored by the Council on Undergraduate Research, promotes research among undergraduate students as an important aspect of higher education. The conference will feature oral, poster, performing arts and visual arts student presentations as well as presentations from faculty and administrators. The students can also participate in various excursions while attending the conference, such as zip lining and horseback riding.

Boling and Chirontoni were also recognized recently for their abstracts by the O.U.R. as part of a grant proposal contest and have each received grants to fund their research.