2015-2016 Student Spotlight

Stephanie Bermudez, Psychology and Speech and Hearing Sciences

StephanieBStephanie Bermudez graduated from Lamar University with her B.S. in Psychology in May 2015. She serves as 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 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.  

Bette Paredez, Dishman School of Nursing

Bette Par

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 present this poster at the National Collegiate Honors Council in Seattle. She plans to continue working with this topic by conducting clinical research on interventions related to pyrexia. Paredez is a member of Lamar’s Honors College and has previously presented at NCHC related to her work with Lamar Community Garden, for which she served as student president for 2014-15 and 2015-16. 

Manisha Patel, Chemical Engineering

Augusta Broussard

Patel, a chemical engineering major, has been a research student in the MEANS lab since her freshman year. During the past year, her research has focused on water contamination and filtration. This year she received the OUR grant and was invited to present her work at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGIU), the National Conference of Undergraduate Research (NCUR), the NEWT competition at Rice University, and the Lamar University Expo 2016, where her team received 1st place in the engineering poster competition. Outside of research, she is a member of the Honors Student Association, serves as an officer in Sigma Sigma Rho sorority, and works as a tutor in LU's STARS program. Going into her senior year of undergrad, Patel plans on continuing her work in water filtration and analysis. 


Omar Aguillar, Civil Engineering

Omar AguillarAguillar 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 plans to present his work at that National Conference of Undergraduate Research (NCUR) held in Asheville, North Carolina, on April 2016. Omar is a Civil Engineering major, and he plans to continue in research throughout his college career.

Jamie Stafford, 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 January 15-17, 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. Stafford 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 to Jamie on a job well done.