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6th Annual STEM Conference Brings Research to Southeast Texas

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Lamar University hosted its sixth annual STEM Conference featuring fifty-four presentations, thirty-six posters and eighteen talks. The conference Featured research from students of Lamar University, University of Louisiana - Lafayette, University of New Orleans, University of Texas - Dallas, and local high school students from Harmony Science Academy. Lamar University alum Terry Welch, CEO & President of the Sinclair Group, presented as a guest lecturer. 

“We had a very successful event this year,” said Dr. Kumer Das, Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research at Lamar University. “The number of participants was higher, but most importantly the quality of the research has also increased significantly in the past years. Most of the faculty say they see high quality research with good data and a high chance for publication.

Das says the conference will help Lamar Unviersity stand as a strong STEM institution in this region along with new new facilities like the Science and Technology building helping to showcase the university's work.

The goal of the conference is to expose Lamar University STEM students to the possibilities offered by undergraduate research.

“It gives students the courage to present their ideas on their home turf so they will not feel overwhelmed,” said Das. “The conference gives them an experience that can act as a stepping stone to eventually going to a national or international conference. We are also here for students to have a space to grow their communication and presentation skills and see what research their fellow students are conducting.”

The Lamar University STEM Conference first began in the summer of 2013 and began with ten students presenting their research.