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Students to present at 19th Annual Posters on the Hill

A group of Lamar University students have been selected to present their research in the 19th Annual Posters on the Hill undergraduate poster session on April 22-23 in Washington, D.C.

“This is an extraordinary opportunity for the students to share their research,” said Kumer Das, director of the Office of Undergraduate Research. “It is truly an honor for the students to be chosen to present their poster. This is a prestigious competition where students from all over the country submitted abstracts. More than 500 applications were received, and only 60 posters were selected to be presented on Capitol Hill.”

Hosted by the Council on Undergraduate Research, the event will include a poster session and reception where students will have an opportunity to visit with U.S. senators and congressional leaders to demonstrate how they have been impacted by these programs.

Nicolas Thanasis Nikoloutsos, Marzita Aguilar, Lauren Richardson, Jamie Tran and Gabriel Graham will present their poster titled: Formation of Physiologically Realistic Cancer Cell Spheroids with Soft Substrate Microenvironments.  Ian Lian, assistant professor of biology who holds a Ph.D. in bioengineering from the University of California, San Diego, has been the students’ faculty advisory.

“The students are excited about presenting their research,” said Das. “It means a lot to be able to go to D.C., to meet other aspiring students, to share undergraduate research experiences, to meet with think tanks and to get feedback from the audience. This demonstrates that Lamar is committed to research and shows other students that they are capable of accomplishing similar achievements.”

The team will also be presenting their research at the Undergraduate Research Exposition on April 20 in the Setzer Student Center ballroom. The event is designed to showcase and promote student involvement in scholarly research campus-wide.

“Our signature event, the Research Expo, allows students to promote and share their research experience with peers and faculty while also providing them the opportunity to explore other areas of research available,” said Das. “I encourage undergraduate students to submit research abstracts for the Expo. The Office of Undergraduate Research provides funding to further research and to attend conferences.”

For more information on the Undergraduate Research Expo, contact Kumer Das at