Student Highlight Presents:
Bette Paredez, (Department of Nursing)
Bette Paredez is a second semester nursing student at Lamar University. She recently won first place in the humanities division of Lamar University’s third annual undergraduate research expo for her poster entitled “A Literature Review of Pyrexia: the Pathophysiologic Process and Treatment” This began as an Honors Project under her mentor Dr. Gina Hale. Next fall, Bette will be presenting this poster at the National Collegiate Honors Council in Seattle as well. She plans to continue working with this topic by conducting clinical research on interventions related to pyrexia. Bette is also a member of Lamar’s Honor College and has previously presented at NCHC related to her work with Lamar Community Garden, for which she has been student president for the 2014-2016 school years.
Stephanie Bermudez, (Department of Psychology and Speech and Hearing Sciences)
Stephanie Bermudez graduated from Lamar University with her B.S. in Psychology in May 2015. She is currently an officer of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association. She also held memberships in Psi Chi International Honor Society and Beta Beta Beta Honor Society. Stephanie received her grant from the Office of Undergraduate Research in the Fall of 2015 for “The Effects of the Startle Response on EMG and ECG Variability During Film Stimuli.” Under the guidance of Dr. Edythe Kirk, she explored the effects of the startle response on the emotional defense system by measuring electromyographic and cardiac variability. Her presentation at the 2016 OUR Expo had received 1st prize in the oral presentation among humanities students. She has been admitted into the Lamar University Graduate Program for Speech-Language Pathology where she plans to continue her research in the field and graduate in May 2018.
Manisha Patel, (Department of Chemical Engineering)
Manisha Patel, a chemical engineering major, has been a research student in the MEANS lab since her freshmen year. During the past year her research has been in focus of water contamination and filtration. In this year she has received the OUR grant and was invited to present her work at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGIU), National Conference of Undergraduate Research (NCUR), NEWT competition at Rice University, and the Lamar University Expo 2016 where her team received 1st place in the engineering poster competition. Other than research she is also a member of the Honors Student Association, an officer in Sigma Sigma Rho sorority, and an on campus employee at STARS. Going into her senior year of undergrad, Manisha plans on continuing her work in water filtration and analysis.
Omar Aguillar, (Department of Civil Engineering)
Omar Aguilar is a freshman recipient of the undergraduate research grant for a research project concentrated on the analysis of phthalates in children’s toys. He worked on his project, “Chromatography-Mass Spectrometric Analysis of Phthalates in Food Packaging and Children’s Toys”, under the guidance of Dr. Andrew Gomes. He received the grant in the fall of 2016 and is also planning to present his work at that National Conference of Undergraduate Research (NCUR) held in Asheville, North Carolina, on April 2016. He is a Civil Engineering major and he also plans to continue in research throughout his college career.
Jamie Stafford, (Department of Physics and Chemistry)
The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) and Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) recently hosted one of the 2016 APS Conferences for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP 2016) from Jan. 15 to Jan. 17, 2016 in San Antonio, Texas. The conference is designed to provide networking opportunities and give undergraduate women the support they need to strive and be successful. Jamie presented a poster with the following title: Charge Transfer During H- Collisions with Cu(100) and Cu(111) and she won 2nd place in the poster competition. Congratulations a job well done!!