Awards and Recognitions

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Jordan Kenfack, an undergraduate major in Biology, received a Presentation Award at the 2019 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students in Anaheim, California (Mentor: Dr. Ashwini Kucknoor).

Dr. Robert Corbett, faculty member of the Department of Biology, received a "Partners in Access Award" given by the Disability Resource Center for faculty who have excelled at making their courses accessible to all students, including those with disabilities. 

Senior Undergraduate Student, Tyler Nelson, Presents at Rice University

Tyler Nelson, double major in Biology and Mechanical Engineering, was selected among many applications to present at Rice University in November 2019. His presentation, "Effect of Varying Cell Culture Conditions in SKNO-1 Acute Myeloid Leukemia Cells," was co-authored by Cade Johnson and Vishal Mundodi. Dr. Ian Lian was Tyler's faculty mentor.

2019 Grant Recipients in STEM Fields

Sindi Castillo | Major in Biology | Mentor: Dr. Ashwini Kucknoor
Project in Biology – Titled: The Inflammatory Investigation of Cervical Cancer Cells in Response to Trichomonas Vaginalis

Menna Elsaka | Major in Chemistry | Mentor: Dr. Ashwini Kucknoor
Project in Biology – Titled: Effect of Akkermansia Muciniphila on Intestinal Epithelial Cell Integrity upon Interaction with Other Common Gut-Bacteria

Samantha Marchner | Major in Biology/ Pre-Med | Mentor: Dr. Maryam Vasefi
Project in Biology – Titled: Associations between Beta-Amyloid Aggregation and Pathogens in Alzheimer’s Disease

Jordan Snowden | Major in Biology | Mentor: Dr. Matthew P. Hoch
Project in Biology – Titled: Exploring Light Dependence of Sulfide Oxidizing Microbial Communities in Southeast Texas Coastal Marsh

Hannah Thompson | Major in Biology / Pre-Med | Mentor: Dr. Maryam Vasefi
Project in Biology – Titled: A Structured Intervention for Cognitive Decline

Kimanh Tsan | Major in Biology| Mentor: Dr. Matthew P. Hoch
Project in Biology – Titled: Microbial Response to and Environmental Fate of Copper Oxide Nanoparticles in Aquatic Ecosystems

Congratulations to two of our Biology majors that received award for the undergraduate oral competition at Lamar University's 7th Annual STEM Conference on 11/2/19.

First Place: Kyle Delk
"Effects of Vitamin D on Human Meibomian Gland Epithelial Cells"
Kyle Delk - Biology Major at Lamar University - 2019 Presidential Fellow
Co-Author: Carolina Lema / University of Houston, Houston, TX
Mentor: Rachel Redfern / University of Houston / College of Optometry / The Ocular Surface Institute (TOSI)

Second Place: Katherine Harmon
"siRNA Silencing of VPS32 in Tritrichomonas foetus"
Katherine Harmon - Biology Major at Lamar University
Co-Authors: Peter Connolly, Guadalupe Cisneros, Diana Dang, Khushi Malani, Emily McCall, and Duy Vo
Mentor: Dr. Ashwini Kucknoor / Department of Biology / Lamar Univeristy

Katherine Harmon

Assistant Professor Awarded Major Research Instrumentation Grant

Dr. Maryam Vasefi, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, and colleagues from the Departments of Chemical Engineering (Dr. James Henry, Dr. Clayton Jeffryes), Civil and Environmental Engineering (Dr. Thinesh Selvaratnam), and Chemistry (Dr. Thi Thuy Minh Nguyen) have been awarded a Major Research Instrumentation Grant from the National Science Foundation.  The project is entitled "MRI: Acquisition of a Flow Cytometer/Sorter (FCMS) at Lamar University".  The grant with improve research infrastructure and capabilities by funding the purchase of key research instrumentation. The award amount is $321,996 and will run through August 31, 2021.

Biology majors and JAMP

An article in the Summer 2019 Cardinal Cadence highlighted the many accomplishments of Biology majors Aziz Shaaban, Jordan Kenfack and Yen Vu in the Joint Admission Medical Program (JAMP). Funded through the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, JAMP provides its highly qualified entrants with internships, scholarships, MCAT preparation, mentoring and guaranteed admittance to one of the nine partnered medical schools as well as funding to attend.

Jamp Students

David Narvaiz - Accepted to PhD Program

Congratulations to our recent graduate, David Narvaiz, on his acceptance to the PhD program in Behavioral Neuroscience program at Baylor University. We are so proud of him and wish him the best in his future endeavors!

Katherine Harmon - McNair Scholar

Katherine Harmon, a senior Biology major, has been selected as a McNair Scholar. The mission of the McNair Scholars Program is to prepare students for doctoral studies through involvement in research, educational workshops, and other scholarly activities. Please join us in congratulating Katherine on this academic achievement!

Awards from the Annual Undergraduate Research Poster Presentation (Spring 2019)

Congratulations to Afsana Islam, the second place winner for Poster Presentations (College of Arts and Sciences and STEM Category) at the Lamar University Undergraduate Expo 2019. Thank you, Afsana, for educating your peers about the rising STD epidemic. We are extremely proud of you!

Afsana Islam Biology

Congratulations to Shannon Adams (BS Biology, Senior) and Jordan Snowden (BS Biology, Sophomore) for bringing home two Expo First Place Poster Awards from the LU Undergraduate Research Expo. Both projects were assisted by co-author and MS Biology student, Emily J. Smith, and mentored by Dr. Hoch.

Best Poster Sciences (Advanced)

Iron Biogeochemistry and Microbiology in Natural and Dredged Material Restored Salt Marsh Sites in Southeast Texas.
-Shannon N. Adams, Emily J. Smith, and Dr. Matthew P. Hoch

Best Poster Sciences (In-Progress)

Sediment Porewater Salinity verses Sulfide: Which Affects Deterioration of Salt Marsh Health?
-Jordan D. Snowden, Emily J. Smith, Carrie A. Martin, and Dr. Matthew P Hoch