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Monday, April 9
 

8:30am CDT

Badge Pick-up Brownsville
Moderators
avatar for Office of Engaged Scholarship & Learning

Office of Engaged Scholarship & Learning

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)
The Office of Engaged Scholarship & Learning supports student learning experiences beyond the classroom. We focus on helping students integrate and enrich academic knowledge, gain professional experience, and develop skills through hands-on learning opportunities.MissionTo develop... Read More →

Monday April 9, 2018 8:30am - 4:00pm CDT
The Office of Engaged Scholarship & Learning, Room 2.10B, Student Union (BSTUN), Brownsville Campus One West University Blvd., Student Union (STUN) Building, Room 2.10B, Brownsville, TX 78521, USA

8:30am CDT

Badge Pick-up Edinburg
Moderators
avatar for Office of Engaged Scholarship & Learning

Office of Engaged Scholarship & Learning

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)
The Office of Engaged Scholarship & Learning supports student learning experiences beyond the classroom. We focus on helping students integrate and enrich academic knowledge, gain professional experience, and develop skills through hands-on learning opportunities.MissionTo develop... Read More →

Monday April 9, 2018 8:30am - 4:00pm CDT
The Office of Engaged Scholarship & Learning, Room 3.106, Student Academic Center (ESTAC), Edinburg Campus 1201 West University Dr., Student Academic Center (STAC) Building, Room 3.106, Edinburg, TX 78539, USA
 
Tuesday, April 10
 

8:30am CDT

Guest Services & Badge Pick-up
Moderators
avatar for Office of Engaged Scholarship & Learning

Office of Engaged Scholarship & Learning

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)
The Office of Engaged Scholarship & Learning supports student learning experiences beyond the classroom. We focus on helping students integrate and enrich academic knowledge, gain professional experience, and develop skills through hands-on learning opportunities.MissionTo develop... Read More →

Tuesday April 10, 2018 8:30am - 5:00pm CDT
PlainsCapital Bank El Gran Salón, Student Union (BSTUN), Brownsville Campus Student Union, Ringgold Rd, Brownsville, TX 78520, USA

9:25am CDT

Keynote
Presenters
avatar for Dr. Melissa Reynolds

Dr. Melissa Reynolds

Colorado State University
Melissa Reynolds, Ph.D., is an outstanding scholar of Chemistry and Biomedical Engineering. Her cutting edge research applies broadly across disciplines and to clinicians, manufacturers, engineers, and chemists. By bringing together the various parties, she and her team collectively... Read More →


Tuesday April 10, 2018 9:25am - 10:40am CDT
PlainsCapital Bank El Gran Salón, Student Union (BSTUN), Brownsville Campus Student Union, Ringgold Rd, Brownsville, TX 78520, USA

10:50am CDT

Talk Session A #1 of 3 The Optimization of Minocycline Loaded PLGA Microparticles Fabricated by Single Emulsion Solvent Evaporation Method for the Treatment of Glioma
Minocycline is an anti-angiogenic drug can be used to stop the growth of new blood vessels. In this work, the fabrication parameters of PLGA/minocycline microparticles were optimized to result in higher drug loading and sustained release for the treatment of gliomas.

Presenters
MA

Marco A. Arriaga

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
DB

Daniela Barbosa

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)
DS

Dr. Sue Anne Chew

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley


Tuesday April 10, 2018 10:50am - 12:05pm CDT
Room 1.314, Life & Health Science Building (BLHSB), Brownsville Campus

10:50am CDT

Talk Session A #2 of 3 The Dietary Habits of Hispanics in the United States
My research is about the dietary lifestyles that Hispanics in the United States, most specifically, those in the Rio Grande Valley face and the consequences that many people may encounter as a result.

Presenters

Tuesday April 10, 2018 10:50am - 12:05pm CDT
Room 1.314, Life & Health Science Building (BLHSB), Brownsville Campus
  Health, Showcase

10:50am CDT

Talk Session A #3 of 3 The Importance of Recreational Service
This research paper will be about how recreational volunteer opportunities and events help everyone. It will have testimonies from attendees and volunteers and show how it has affected them and everyone else. Also, give new ideas and suggestions on how to make recreational activities more fun and open to everyone.

Presenters

Tuesday April 10, 2018 10:50am - 12:05pm CDT
Room 1.314, Life & Health Science Building (BLHSB), Brownsville Campus

10:50am CDT

Talk Session B #1 of 2 Let's Help the Dreamers Dream
"Let's Help the Dreamers Dream" is a project that shows information on the Deferred Act for Childhood Arrival program. This explains how we can help the Dreamers, how activism prior to them has worked, and many more things that will, hopefully, help the Dreamers fight for their stay in America.

Presenters

Tuesday April 10, 2018 10:50am - 12:05pm CDT
Room 1.316, Life & Health Science Building (BLHSB), Brownsville Campus

10:50am CDT

Talk Session B #2 of 2 An Effort in Supporting the Homeless of My Community
This project surrounds the idea of helping the homeless population of my community through service learning. My group and I will be supporting Good Settlement House Inc. by helping set up some activities and donating and products they might need.

Presenters

Tuesday April 10, 2018 10:50am - 12:05pm CDT
Room 1.316, Life & Health Science Building (BLHSB), Brownsville Campus
  Social, Showcase

11:00am CDT

12:15pm CDT

Poster Session A #01 A Study of Angiogenic Inducing miRNA for Bone Tissue Engineering
The objective is to study miRNAs that have the ability to induce angiogenesis for bone tissue engineering, which can be a potentially superior method for bone repair. Through literature search, it was determined that the overexpression of miRNA-27a, miRNA-27b, miRNA-23a, miRNA-23b, and miRNA-210 could be potentially used to induce angiogenesis.

Presenters
DS

Dr. Sue Anne Chew

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
MD

May-Hui Ding

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)
AS

Astrid S. Gutierrez

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


Tuesday April 10, 2018 12:15pm - 1:30pm CDT
PlainsCapital Bank El Gran Salón, Student Union (BSTUN), Brownsville Campus Student Union, Ringgold Rd, Brownsville, TX 78520, USA

12:15pm CDT

Poster Session A #02 Combined Effects of NSAIDs and Ethanol on Serotonergic Neurons and Microglia
To determine the effect of mixing alcohol with NSAIDs on the brain, we treated serotonergic neurons and microglia with different NSAIDs, and varying levels of ethanol. For all drugs, adding ethanol increased oxidative stress and decreased cell viability, suggesting that combining alcohol and OTC painkillers may harm the brain.

Presenters
BB

Brittany Bunag

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)
YC

Yolanda Crous

Undergraduate Student at UTRGV


Tuesday April 10, 2018 12:15pm - 1:30pm CDT
PlainsCapital Bank El Gran Salón, Student Union (BSTUN), Brownsville Campus Student Union, Ringgold Rd, Brownsville, TX 78520, USA

12:15pm CDT

Poster Session A #03 Effects of Psychological Stress on Body Weight and Lifestyle in Hispanic Students
The research was conducted in order to prove a hypothesis which is, how do the effects of psychological stress on body weight and lifestyle in hispanic students?

Presenters

Tuesday April 10, 2018 12:15pm - 1:30pm CDT
PlainsCapital Bank El Gran Salón, Student Union (BSTUN), Brownsville Campus Student Union, Ringgold Rd, Brownsville, TX 78520, USA

12:15pm CDT

Poster Session A #04 Effects of Psychological Stress on Physical Activity in Students at UTRGV
The purpose of this research was to study the effects of psychological stress on physical activity in students during their first and second academic school year in college. We found significant data in waist circumference, but not in the association between stress and physical activity.

Presenters

Tuesday April 10, 2018 12:15pm - 1:30pm CDT
PlainsCapital Bank El Gran Salón, Student Union (BSTUN), Brownsville Campus Student Union, Ringgold Rd, Brownsville, TX 78520, USA

12:15pm CDT

Poster Session A #05 Establishment of a co-culture system to recreate the cone visual cycle
The aim of this project is to establish a co-culture system to better understand the molecular mechanisms involved in the cone visual cycle, in vitro. In this system 661W cone photoreceptor cells were cultured alongside MIOM1 Muller cells to mimic their interaction in the cone visual cycle.


Tuesday April 10, 2018 12:15pm - 1:30pm CDT
PlainsCapital Bank El Gran Salón, Student Union (BSTUN), Brownsville Campus Student Union, Ringgold Rd, Brownsville, TX 78520, USA

12:15pm CDT

Poster Session A #06 Paraoxonase genotyping in relation to Chagas disease.
The purpose of this project is to identify the genotype of DNA human samples from Brazilian families that have been exposed to Chagas disease. Resulting genotypes will help determine if a genetic variant of the enzyme paraoxonase 1 (PON1) is responsible for the protection of infected people from cardiovascular disease.

Presenters
avatar for Susan M. Mahaney

Susan M. Mahaney

Staff Member, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)
JL

John L. VandeBerg

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
DA

Daphne Alcala Zuniga

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


Tuesday April 10, 2018 12:15pm - 1:30pm CDT
PlainsCapital Bank El Gran Salón, Student Union (BSTUN), Brownsville Campus Student Union, Ringgold Rd, Brownsville, TX 78520, USA

12:15pm CDT

Poster Session A #07 The Acute Effects of Different Inter-Set Recovery Approaches on Knee Extension Endurance
The purpose of this study was to examine the acute effects of inter-set recovery approaches on knee extension endurance. A total of 11 males, ages between 18 and 24 years participated in the study. The subjects were examined on the acute effects of inter-set recovery approaches on knee extension endurance.


Tuesday April 10, 2018 12:15pm - 1:30pm CDT
PlainsCapital Bank El Gran Salón, Student Union (BSTUN), Brownsville Campus Student Union, Ringgold Rd, Brownsville, TX 78520, USA

12:15pm CDT

Poster Session A #08 The Acute Effects of Supplemental Citrulline Malate on Heart Rate, Blood Pressure, Arterial Elasticity, and Anaerobic Performance
Citrulline Malate (CM) will show a lower heart rate and blood pressure after exercise than the placebo. CM will also cause an increase in arterial elasticity and enable subjects to perform the exercise for a longer duration without becoming as fatigued as exercising without CM.


Tuesday April 10, 2018 12:15pm - 1:30pm CDT
PlainsCapital Bank El Gran Salón, Student Union (BSTUN), Brownsville Campus Student Union, Ringgold Rd, Brownsville, TX 78520, USA

12:15pm CDT

Poster Session A #09 Reprocussions of Concussions
The short term and long term effects of concussions and what should be done to asses the situation.

Presenters
avatar for Jose Beltran

Jose Beltran

Tell me about your interests and I'll tell you about mine.


Tuesday April 10, 2018 12:15pm - 1:30pm CDT
PlainsCapital Bank El Gran Salón, Student Union (BSTUN), Brownsville Campus Student Union, Ringgold Rd, Brownsville, TX 78520, USA
  Health, Showcase

12:15pm CDT

Poster Session A #10 The Evaluation of 10 Osteogenic Inducing MicroRNA for Bone Tissue Engineering Applications
Bone tissue engineering uses biomaterials, bioactive factors, and/or stem cells alone, or in combination, to regenerate a functional bone. MiRNAs are used to induce osteogenesis in mesenchymal stem cells however, an optimal miRNA hasn’t been determined. Therefore, this project will evaluate 10 different miRNAs and determine which are most effective.

Presenters
MA

Marco A. Arriaga

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
DS

Dr. Sue Anne Chew

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
MD

May-Hui Ding

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)
AS

Astrid S. Gutierrez

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


Tuesday April 10, 2018 12:15pm - 1:30pm CDT
PlainsCapital Bank El Gran Salón, Student Union (BSTUN), Brownsville Campus Student Union, Ringgold Rd, Brownsville, TX 78520, USA

12:15pm CDT

Poster Session A #12 We owe our existence to a Viral Infection-A Literature Review
HERVs and the host usually establish a mutual dependent relationship, however it can also be extremely destructive to one's health and cause diseases, such as cancer and rheumatoid arthritis, to arise. The fact that this virus can serve in numerous roles to the human body is extremely intriguing.

Presenters
AH

Amador Hernandez

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


Tuesday April 10, 2018 12:15pm - 1:30pm CDT
PlainsCapital Bank El Gran Salón, Student Union (BSTUN), Brownsville Campus Student Union, Ringgold Rd, Brownsville, TX 78520, USA

12:15pm CDT

Poster Session A #14 Genes that encode for virulence factors which are affected in micro-aerobic conditions in S. Typhimurium - A Literature Review
Our research will be over specific genes from Salmonella enterica Typhimurium that encode for micro-aerobicity survival and their contribution to bacterium virulence.

Presenters
PO

Paulina Ornelas

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


Tuesday April 10, 2018 12:15pm - 1:30pm CDT
PlainsCapital Bank El Gran Salón, Student Union (BSTUN), Brownsville Campus Student Union, Ringgold Rd, Brownsville, TX 78520, USA

12:15pm CDT

Poster Session A #11 Effects of Psychological Stress on Obesity in Hispanic College Students
In the course of this experiment, our group surveyed a select group of students over a 9 month period. The data collected showed the correlation between stress levels, exercise, and eating habits.


Tuesday April 10, 2018 12:15pm - 1:30pm CDT
PlainsCapital Bank El Gran Salón, Student Union (BSTUN), Brownsville Campus Student Union, Ringgold Rd, Brownsville, TX 78520, USA

12:15pm CDT

Poster Session A #13 Significance of Immediate Early Gene Expression as an Innovative Tool in Neuroscience
An introduction to immediate early genes (IEGs) and their role in behavioral neuroscience research. Poster will include an overview of IEGs as neural activity markers, as well as data displaying the expression of the IEG, c-fos, in oxytocin producing neurons of the hypothalamus in the Syrian hamster (Mesocricetus Auratus).

Presenters
avatar for Gabriel A. de Erausquin

Gabriel A. de Erausquin

Professor of Psychiatry, Neurology and Neuroscience, UTRGV School of Medicine
Brain development, modulation and repair. Neurobiology of disease. Dopaminergic neurons. Parkinson disease. Schizophrenia. Alzheimer disease. Genetics of complex disorders. Brain stimulation.
MG

Mario Gil

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
CG

Cassandra Graham

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


Tuesday April 10, 2018 12:15pm - 1:30pm CDT
PlainsCapital Bank El Gran Salón, Student Union (BSTUN), Brownsville Campus Student Union, Ringgold Rd, Brownsville, TX 78520, USA

12:15pm CDT

Poster Session A #15 The Effects of the Combined Use of Ibuprofen and Ethanol on Serotonergic Neuronal SH-SY5Y Cells
This project aims to provide more information on the effects of the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), Ibuprofen, with various doses of alcohol on microglia and neurons. Our results indicate that a combined exposure of ethanol with high concentrations of Ibuprofen significantly augments neuronal dysfunction and cell death.

Presenters
BB

Brittany Bunag

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


Tuesday April 10, 2018 12:15pm - 1:30pm CDT
PlainsCapital Bank El Gran Salón, Student Union (BSTUN), Brownsville Campus Student Union, Ringgold Rd, Brownsville, TX 78520, USA

12:15pm CDT

Poster Session A #16 "Charlas" Community Awareness in Cardiovascular Disease in the Rio Grande Valley
UTRGV Biomedical students intend to promote community awareness of cardiovascular disease in the Rio Grande Valley through a "charla", a Spanish term used to refer to a guided lesson that includes an interactive talk and a brief interview about risk factors for cardiovascular disease.

Presenters
GC

Graciela Carrillo

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)
DM

Dr. Maria Castaneda

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
RG

Roxanne Guzman

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)
SA

Shiann Avery Montalvo

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)
SP

Shaira Perez

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


Tuesday April 10, 2018 12:15pm - 1:30pm CDT
PlainsCapital Bank El Gran Salón, Student Union (BSTUN), Brownsville Campus Student Union, Ringgold Rd, Brownsville, TX 78520, USA

12:15pm CDT

Poster Session A #17 Resilience: Effective or Ineffective
Resilience among college students is assessed to determine its relationship with age, gender, and classification. Our study revealed that the majority of student’s possessed medium resilience, while a minority presented with high resilience. This displays the importance of conducting resilience workshops to promote awareness.

Presenters
avatar for Carlos Escobedo

Carlos Escobedo

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)
EA

Emily A Limas

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)
AM

Arely Martinez

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)
LP

Liyuen Poy

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)
AS

Anitta Saju

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


Tuesday April 10, 2018 12:15pm - 1:30pm CDT
PlainsCapital Bank El Gran Salón, Student Union (BSTUN), Brownsville Campus Student Union, Ringgold Rd, Brownsville, TX 78520, USA

12:15pm CDT

Poster Session A #18 Synthesis and Catalytic Activity of NiMoS2 in the Removal of Dibenzothiophene from Model Fuels
NiMoS2 catalysts are synthesized and confirmed by XRD diffraction analysis. The kinetics of the removal of dibenzothiophene from decahydronapthalene in certain periods of time are conducted and measured using gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC_MS).

Presenters
JR

Juan Ricardo Luna

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


Tuesday April 10, 2018 12:15pm - 1:30pm CDT
PlainsCapital Bank El Gran Salón, Student Union (BSTUN), Brownsville Campus Student Union, Ringgold Rd, Brownsville, TX 78520, USA
  Physical Science, Showcase

1:40pm CDT

Performance #01 Starting a Career in Performance as a Wife and Mother: Finding Time to Invest in Yourself and Your Life Goals
Starting a Bachelor degree in Music as a first-year student is a challenge within itself, but acquiring a Bachelor degree in music was the first step for us to succeed in life. As new mothers and wives, we learned what it means to also be professional musicians.

Presenters
CE

Connie Elizabeth Munoz

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


Tuesday April 10, 2018 1:40pm - 1:55pm CDT
PlainsCapital Bank El Gran Salón, Student Union (BSTUN), Brownsville Campus Student Union, Ringgold Rd, Brownsville, TX 78520, USA

1:40pm CDT

Talk Session C #1 of 3 Community Gardening: A Privilege
This program is intended to benefit the community with community gardens by providing food to low-income neighborhoods,healthier food options, health benefits, etc. It gives students the privilege to be able to do good for the people in their community and put good into the atmosphere.

Presenters

Tuesday April 10, 2018 1:40pm - 2:55pm CDT
La Sala, Student Union (BSTUN), Brownsville Campus One West University Blvd, Brownsville, TX 78520, USA

1:40pm CDT

Talk Session C #2 of 3 Impacts of sea-level rise on coastal wetland foundation plant species in the Lower Laguna Madre
Our goal is to investigate the impacts of sea-level rise and nutrient enrichment on the survival and performance of foundation wetland plant species. Focal species include Avicennia germinans (black mangrove and Spartina alterniflora which are the two most important species that make up coastal wetlands of the Gulf Coast

Presenters
MS

Mariana Saenz

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


Tuesday April 10, 2018 1:40pm - 2:55pm CDT
La Sala, Student Union (BSTUN), Brownsville Campus One West University Blvd, Brownsville, TX 78520, USA

1:40pm CDT

Talk Session C #3 of 3 Extract Rhipicephalus Microplus DNA and Comparing Quality for Each Extraction Methods
My research focuses on a comparison of three different DNA extraction methods' efficacy based on based on outcome factors such as purification quality, time efficiency, and average yield of quality DNA collected from each sample.


Tuesday April 10, 2018 1:40pm - 2:55pm CDT
La Sala, Student Union (BSTUN), Brownsville Campus One West University Blvd, Brownsville, TX 78520, USA
  Life Science, Undergraduate Student Competition

3:05pm CDT

Poster Session B #01 Psychological Stress, Inflammatory Status and Dietary Habits in College Students in US-Mexico Border University
The proposal is aimed at the psychological and inflammatory status and dietary habits. The stress may be related with obesity via their possible effects on lifestyle. The results were controversial in different population. The purpose of this study is to examine the relationship between stress level, inflammatory status and diet.

Presenters

Tuesday April 10, 2018 3:05pm - 4:20pm CDT
PlainsCapital Bank El Gran Salón, Student Union (BSTUN), Brownsville Campus Student Union, Ringgold Rd, Brownsville, TX 78520, USA

3:05pm CDT

Poster Session B #02 Effects of Psychological Stress on Body Weight and Lifestyle of Hispanic Students at UTRGV
This project was to study the stress levels and effects of chronic stress on body weight through the lifestyle in Hispanic students at the University of the Rio Grande Valley.

Presenters
SD

Sarai Doria

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)
RD

Roberto De La Garza

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


Tuesday April 10, 2018 3:05pm - 4:20pm CDT
PlainsCapital Bank El Gran Salón, Student Union (BSTUN), Brownsville Campus Student Union, Ringgold Rd, Brownsville, TX 78520, USA
  Health, Showcase

3:05pm CDT

Talk Session D #1 of 3 Controlled Release of Chemotherapy Drug Temozolomide from Poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) Loaded Micro Particles by Electrospraying for the Treatment of Glioma
In this project we worked in the fabrication of chemotherapy loaded biodegradable microparticles for the treatment of glioblastoma. We found that the microparticles not only protect the drug from degradation, but also offer a constant controlled release of it.

Presenters
DR

Daniel Rodriguez De Anda

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)
DS

Dr. Sue Anne Chew

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley


Tuesday April 10, 2018 3:05pm - 4:20pm CDT
La Sala, Student Union (BSTUN), Brownsville Campus One West University Blvd, Brownsville, TX 78520, USA

3:05pm CDT

Talk Session D #2 of 3 Awareness of Early Intervention in Hispanic Millennials
The purpose of this investigation is to use a short survey to identify whether millennials are aware of Early Childhood Intervention (ECI). ECI is critical and has resulted in long-term results of speech and language development, therefore awareness in this topic is excruciatingly critical for children who are developing language.


Tuesday April 10, 2018 3:05pm - 4:20pm CDT
La Sala, Student Union (BSTUN), Brownsville Campus One West University Blvd, Brownsville, TX 78520, USA

3:05pm CDT

Talk Session D #3 of 3 Biodegradable Scaffolds with Different Pore Properties for Bone Tissue Engineering
Biodegradable scaffolds are vital for bone tissue engineering applications as they provide mechanical strength and act as a delivery vehicle for cells and bioactive factors. Degradation and porosity are parameters that influence scaffold properties. Polycaprolactone(PCL) scaffolds with different vol.% and porogen sizes role on degradation and cellularity was observed.

Presenters
MA

Marco A. Arriaga

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
DS

Dr. Sue Anne Chew

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
CL

Carolina Leynes

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


Tuesday April 10, 2018 3:05pm - 4:20pm CDT
La Sala, Student Union (BSTUN), Brownsville Campus One West University Blvd, Brownsville, TX 78520, USA

3:05pm CDT

Talk Session E #1 of 3 Is "Las Fuerzas Extrañas" an organic book?
This research illuminates one of the most important fantastic literary works in Spanish literature. Also, demonstrates how the textual and ideological criteria can be combined to explain the unity of this book. On the other hand, shows the textual variations of some stories used on it final selection.


3:05pm CDT

Poster Session B #04 Detecting Bacterial Pathogens in the American Oyster of South Texas Waters
American oyster is an edible and commercially important species. People who consume raw oysters can get infected by pathogenic bacteria. The objective of this study is to investigate bacterial pathogens in oyster inhabiting Brownsville waters. Our results suggest that the American oyster is prone to water-borne pathogens in Brownsville waters.

Presenters
EH

Eleazar Hernández II

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)
SR

Saydur Rahman

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley


Tuesday April 10, 2018 3:05pm - 4:20pm CDT
PlainsCapital Bank El Gran Salón, Student Union (BSTUN), Brownsville Campus Student Union, Ringgold Rd, Brownsville, TX 78520, USA

3:05pm CDT

Poster Session B #05 Genetic Analysis in Zooplankton Diversity
In this research genetic analyses of zooplankton will be conducted from samples collected throughout the lower Laguna Madre to create a genetic identification database. Popular game fish will also be collected for gut content analyses. Digestive organs will be dissected and prey items analyzed using genetics and genetic identification database.

Presenters
LH

Leslie Hernandez

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


Tuesday April 10, 2018 3:05pm - 4:20pm CDT
PlainsCapital Bank El Gran Salón, Student Union (BSTUN), Brownsville Campus Student Union, Ringgold Rd, Brownsville, TX 78520, USA

3:05pm CDT

Poster Session B #06 Impact of Selected Amino Acids and Nutrients on HLB Mitigation and Citrus Tree Health
Huanglongbing is a disease of citrus caused by the bacterium CLas with no cure. HLB affects the amino acid composition and nutrient content of plant phloem sap. The combined effects of applying Zinc and 2 different amino acids, Glycine and Proline, on plant nutrient and amino acid content were tested.

Presenters
YL

Yovanna L Soto

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


Tuesday April 10, 2018 3:05pm - 4:20pm CDT
PlainsCapital Bank El Gran Salón, Student Union (BSTUN), Brownsville Campus Student Union, Ringgold Rd, Brownsville, TX 78520, USA

3:05pm CDT

Poster Session B #07 Investigating Seed Germination of the Native and Symbolic Montezuma Cypress (Taxodium mucronatum)
An analysis of the best treatments that are conducive to producing the most efficient germination, propagation, and in effect, reintroduction of the Montezuma Cypress seedlings to their native landscape of Rio Grande Valley.

Presenters
RB

Rene Barrientos

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)
AF

Alejandro Fierro Cabo

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley


Tuesday April 10, 2018 3:05pm - 4:20pm CDT
PlainsCapital Bank El Gran Salón, Student Union (BSTUN), Brownsville Campus Student Union, Ringgold Rd, Brownsville, TX 78520, USA

3:05pm CDT

Poster Session B #08 Johnston’s Frankenia (Frankenia Johnstonii)
The post-delisting monitoring (PDM) plan published for Johnston’s frankenia (Frankenia johnstonii), outlined the need for monitoring the population status of this species. Fieldwork was conducted from July thru December 2017. _x000D_
the immediate future of the species is predicted to be stable mainly because of the conservation efforts of land owners.

Presenters
avatar for Consuelo Aguilar

Consuelo Aguilar

Graduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)
UTRGV Biology Grad Student conducting research about vector borne disease-human health, and native endangered species plants.


Tuesday April 10, 2018 3:05pm - 4:20pm CDT
PlainsCapital Bank El Gran Salón, Student Union (BSTUN), Brownsville Campus Student Union, Ringgold Rd, Brownsville, TX 78520, USA

3:05pm CDT

Poster Session B #09 Native shrubs as restoration nurse plants in south Texas
Research was conducted at a Texas Southmost preserve restoration site. The facilitation method of utilizing established native Flora to improve the success rate of a Target species was used.

Presenters
RB

Rene Barrientos

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)
AF

Alejandro Fierro Cabo

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
JL

Jennifer Lopez

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


Tuesday April 10, 2018 3:05pm - 4:20pm CDT
PlainsCapital Bank El Gran Salón, Student Union (BSTUN), Brownsville Campus Student Union, Ringgold Rd, Brownsville, TX 78520, USA

3:05pm CDT

Poster Session B #10 Redox Regulation of Exofacial Protein Thiols in Trichomonas vaginalis
Trichomonas vaginalis, a sexually transmitted protozoan, possesses numerous reduced exofacial thiols. Data suggesting that the ratio of reduced to oxidized exofacial thiols may be subject to redox regulation was obtained. We, therefore, tested whether thiol modifying agents change surface thiol levels and consequently affect growth and viability of the parasite.

Presenters
DV

Daniela Vidal

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


Tuesday April 10, 2018 3:05pm - 4:20pm CDT
PlainsCapital Bank El Gran Salón, Student Union (BSTUN), Brownsville Campus Student Union, Ringgold Rd, Brownsville, TX 78520, USA

3:05pm CDT

Poster Session B #11 Age and growth of Red Snapper (Lutjanus campechanus) in four artificial reefs in South Texas
Red Snapper (Lutjanus campechanus, Poey, 1860) has a great significance on South Texas economy by generating federal, state and local tax revenue in the fisheries sector. However, until recently, this species and other valuable fishes have not been studied on the South Texas coast.

Presenters
RO

Ramiro Oquita

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


Tuesday April 10, 2018 3:05pm - 4:20pm CDT
PlainsCapital Bank El Gran Salón, Student Union (BSTUN), Brownsville Campus Student Union, Ringgold Rd, Brownsville, TX 78520, USA

3:05pm CDT

Poster Session B #12 Ticks in Texas
The goal of this research project is to examine the ecological and climatic factors related to ticks found in Texas. Ticks were collected between the years 2011 – 2016 and were found on humans, on animals, or questing in the environment. We will present the results of this project.


Tuesday April 10, 2018 3:05pm - 4:20pm CDT
PlainsCapital Bank El Gran Salón, Student Union (BSTUN), Brownsville Campus Student Union, Ringgold Rd, Brownsville, TX 78520, USA

3:05pm CDT

Poster Session B #13 Pre-Osteoblast Proliferation on Fibrous Material for Possible Bone Regeneration
Here, we explored the ability of pre-osteoblast cells to adhere and proliferate on nanofibers composed of poly-hydroxyl-butyrate (PHB) and poly-lactic acid (PLA), with and without Zinc Oxide (ZnO). Where, PHB fibers were shown to display robust cell proliferation and adhesion, compared to PLA fibers over the course of 5 days.

Presenters
CR

Cristobal Rodriguez

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


Tuesday April 10, 2018 3:05pm - 4:20pm CDT
PlainsCapital Bank El Gran Salón, Student Union (BSTUN), Brownsville Campus Student Union, Ringgold Rd, Brownsville, TX 78520, USA

3:05pm CDT

Poster Session B #14 A Comparative Study on Antibacterial Effect of Diamondback Snake Venom
It is well known that snake venoms are resistant to bacterial growth. In this research project, we will test the antibacterial effects of venoms from two subspecies of diamondback rattlesnakes.The results of this project will be basis for further purification of specific antibacterial venom component.

Presenters
AB

Alex Basdeo

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)
YJ

Ying Jia

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley


Tuesday April 10, 2018 3:05pm - 4:20pm CDT
PlainsCapital Bank El Gran Salón, Student Union (BSTUN), Brownsville Campus Student Union, Ringgold Rd, Brownsville, TX 78520, USA

3:05pm CDT

Poster Session B #15 Habituation and dishabituation to odors in the Gray, Short-tailed Opossum (Monodelphis Domestica)
Using the Monodelphis Domestica as a model to test whether this species can Habituate and Dishabituate to an odor.

Presenters
MG

Mario Gil

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
TR

Tabitha Rodriguez

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)
JL

John L. VandeBerg

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley


Tuesday April 10, 2018 3:05pm - 4:20pm CDT
PlainsCapital Bank El Gran Salón, Student Union (BSTUN), Brownsville Campus Student Union, Ringgold Rd, Brownsville, TX 78520, USA

3:05pm CDT

Talk Session E #2 of 3 An Analysis of the Benefits of a Course-based Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE) at UTRGV
Goal of BFRI is to increase student retention and academic success in STEM, targeting underrepresented populations in science. By providing feasible research opportunities to STEM students through BFRI, we hypothesized increased retention and academic success in STEM majors. Results shows increased retention of BFRI students compared to non-BFRI students.

Presenters
DS

Dr. Sue Anne Chew

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
NV

Natasha Vora

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


3:05pm CDT

Talk Session E #3 of 3 The Effect of Service Learning on Education
This research paper provides information on the effect that student learning has on education. Often times education and testing are prioritized, and the importance of service learning is diminished. However, when service learning continues to be implement, a large number of students excel.

Presenters
MN

Miranda Nunez

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


  Social, Showcase

4:30pm CDT

Talk Session F #1 of 3 High-Resolution Microendoscopy Training Models for Health Care Providers in Low Resource Settings
Study designed to provide low-cost training models to healthcare providers with limited cervical cancer screening experience in the Rio Grande Valley and abroad. Multifunctional models will provide hands-on experience with cervical cancer screening and early treatment techniques with the most important being High Resolution MicroEndoscope (HRME).

Presenters
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Lakshman Vigneswaran

Ambassador, Engaged Scholarship & Learning
Ambassador and BMED Major


Tuesday April 10, 2018 4:30pm - 5:45pm CDT
La Sala, Student Union (BSTUN), Brownsville Campus One West University Blvd, Brownsville, TX 78520, USA

4:30pm CDT

Talk Session F #2 of 3 W/O/W Minocycline Loaded PLGA Microparticles for the Treatment of Glioma: A Study of the Effects of Fabrication Parameters on Drug Loading and Particle Size
The goal of this study is to optimize the water in oil in water (W/O/W) double emulsion-solvent evaporation fabrication method of minocycline loaded microparticles which will be used in a dual delivery system to locally deliver minocycline (an anti-angiogenic drug) with a chemotherapy agent, for the treatment of glioma.

Presenters
MA

Marco A. Arriaga

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
DS

Dr. Sue Anne Chew

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley


Tuesday April 10, 2018 4:30pm - 5:45pm CDT
La Sala, Student Union (BSTUN), Brownsville Campus One West University Blvd, Brownsville, TX 78520, USA

4:30pm CDT

Talk Session F #3 of 3 Microsolvation of Perfluoropentanoic Acid: A Computational Study
The theoretical study of the microsolvation of perfluoropentanoic acid is done using computational approach under optimization using B3LYP/aug-cc-pVTZ level calculations.

Presenters
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Wei Lin

Faculty Member, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
JR

Juan Ricardo Luna

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


Tuesday April 10, 2018 4:30pm - 5:45pm CDT
La Sala, Student Union (BSTUN), Brownsville Campus One West University Blvd, Brownsville, TX 78520, USA
 
Wednesday, April 11
 

7:45am CDT

Guest Services & Badge Pick-up
Moderators
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Office of Engaged Scholarship & Learning

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)
The Office of Engaged Scholarship & Learning supports student learning experiences beyond the classroom. We focus on helping students integrate and enrich academic knowledge, gain professional experience, and develop skills through hands-on learning opportunities.MissionTo develop... Read More →

Wednesday April 11, 2018 7:45am - 5:00pm CDT
Ballroom, Dining and Ballroom Complex (EDBCX), Edinburg Campus 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78539, USA

8:00am CDT

Talk Session G #1 of 3 Citrus City, and the need of Creative Writing in the Rio Grande Valley
The percentage of illiteracy in the valley is high, and many people are trying to end this with little success. What if creative writing and the benefits of it could help this? A short poem, “Citrus City,” and other research helps understand what creative writing can do for the RGV.

Presenters
LC

Lizbet Cantu

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


Wednesday April 11, 2018 8:00am - 9:15am CDT
Room 1.101, Student Academic Center (ESTAC), Edinburg Campus 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78541, USA

8:00am CDT

Talk Session G #2 of 3 Latinos' Academic Success With Technology
A scientific evaluation of academic success of Latinos using Technology.

Presenters
SF

Sylvia Flores

South Texas College (STC)


Wednesday April 11, 2018 8:00am - 9:15am CDT
Room 1.101, Student Academic Center (ESTAC), Edinburg Campus 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78541, USA
  Social, Showcase

8:00am CDT

Talk Session G #3 of 3 Latinos and College Going Culture Evaluation of K-5 Students
A group of research team documented student college motivations before and after a college going presentation. Motives were documented to create awareness on the importance to present college to students of all ages.


Wednesday April 11, 2018 8:00am - 9:15am CDT
Room 1.101, Student Academic Center (ESTAC), Edinburg Campus 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78541, USA
  Social, Showcase

9:25am CDT

Keynote
Presenters
avatar for Dr. Melissa Reynolds

Dr. Melissa Reynolds

Colorado State University
Melissa Reynolds, Ph.D., is an outstanding scholar of Chemistry and Biomedical Engineering. Her cutting edge research applies broadly across disciplines and to clinicians, manufacturers, engineers, and chemists. By bringing together the various parties, she and her team collectively... Read More →


Wednesday April 11, 2018 9:25am - 10:40am CDT
Ballroom, Dining and Ballroom Complex (EDBCX), Edinburg Campus 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78539, USA

10:50am CDT

Poster Session C #01 Frequency Response Characterize
Design and prototype a device that will make a portable and affordable way to read the 3DB points from an amplifier. The device will only need an amplifier from the user which will become the DUT. In turn, the user will get how the amplifier behaves on a frequency response.


Wednesday April 11, 2018 10:50am - 12:05pm CDT
Ballroom, Dining and Ballroom Complex (EDBCX), Edinburg Campus 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78539, USA

10:50am CDT

Talk Session I #1 of 3 Selective Laser Alloying of Titanium and Boron Alloys
This research studies the process behavior for selective laser alloying of pure Titanium (Ti) and Boron (B) powders using an automated powder deposition mechanism currently being developed. Samples will be produced to test mechanical properties including strength, electrical conductivity, oxidation stability, erosion resistance and heat conductivity.


Wednesday April 11, 2018 10:50am - 12:05pm CDT
Cenizo Room, Dining and Ballroom Complex (EDBCX), Edinburg Campus 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78541, USA

10:50am CDT

Talk Session I #2 of 3 Innovative Method for Cryoprecipitate Transfer
Cryo-precipitate transfer device to replace manual work by blood bank laboratory technicians needed to produce an essential blood clotting product.


Wednesday April 11, 2018 10:50am - 12:05pm CDT
Cenizo Room, Dining and Ballroom Complex (EDBCX), Edinburg Campus 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78541, USA

10:50am CDT

Talk Session I #3 of 3 Lead in drinking water at a South Texas university
Drinking water at a local South Texas university is tested for lead. Data from old buildings and newer ones are analyzed to assess the extent of the lead level in drinking water in association with the age of water piping. Also, feasible on-site remediation will be discussed.


Wednesday April 11, 2018 10:50am - 12:05pm CDT
Cenizo Room, Dining and Ballroom Complex (EDBCX), Edinburg Campus 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78541, USA

10:50am CDT

Poster Session C #02 3T3 Cell Growth in PVB Fibers Developed by Forcespinning® Technology
Polyvinyl butyral (PVB) fibers were successfully spun through Forcespinning® technology forming a fibrous membrane to study the possible application as a dressing for skin regeneration.

Presenters
AM

Astrid M Rodriguez Negron

Graduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


Wednesday April 11, 2018 10:50am - 12:05pm CDT
Ballroom, Dining and Ballroom Complex (EDBCX), Edinburg Campus 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78539, USA

10:50am CDT

Poster Session C #03 Mitochondrial fragmentation in H9c2 cardiomyoblasts due to loss of transmembrane potential (∆Ψm)
This project involves the dynamic interactions of mitochondria in H9c2 cells. Their reaction to CCCP will be observed and analyzed.

Presenters
FC

Fredy Calderon

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)
PD

Patrick De La Torre Schutz

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


Wednesday April 11, 2018 10:50am - 12:05pm CDT
Ballroom, Dining and Ballroom Complex (EDBCX), Edinburg Campus 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78539, USA

10:50am CDT

Poster Session C #04 Identifying Potential Bacillus thuringiensis Candidates to Control Aethina tumida
Identifying useful strains of Bacillus thuringiensis in order to control hive beetles from overtaking honeybee hives to prevent Colony Collapse Disorder.

Presenters
GV

Gilberto Vento Jr

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


Wednesday April 11, 2018 10:50am - 12:05pm CDT
Ballroom, Dining and Ballroom Complex (EDBCX), Edinburg Campus 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78539, USA
  Life Science, Showcase

10:50am CDT

Poster Session C #05 Using Water Chemistry and Biological Signatures to Determine Groundwater Movement of Treated Effluent to Coastal Waters
Laguna Vista Texas is home to a thriving ecosystem along the Lower Laguna Madre. Treated effluent is emptied into a basin that allegedly drains by means of a channel into the bay; However, the channel is dry. This study traces the effluent and determines its ecological effects along the Laguna.

Presenters
RP

Rosamarie Perdomo

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


Wednesday April 11, 2018 10:50am - 12:05pm CDT
Ballroom, Dining and Ballroom Complex (EDBCX), Edinburg Campus 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78539, USA

10:50am CDT

Poster Session C #06 Detection of Ferulic acid, Gallic acid and Quercetin in Moringa Extracts by RP-HPLC
Based on previous preliminary analysis for biochemical properties of medicinal plants, Moringa Oleifera was determine to be one of the most efficient tea extracts to provide benefits for diabetes type 2 patients. For that reason, analyses of Moringa were performed for the detection of Ferulic acid, Gallic acid and Quercetin.

Presenters
AG

Aleida Gonzalez

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


Wednesday April 11, 2018 10:50am - 12:05pm CDT
Ballroom, Dining and Ballroom Complex (EDBCX), Edinburg Campus 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78539, USA

10:50am CDT

Poster Session C #07 Dextran Coated Silver Oxide Nanoparticles Biocidal Properties
Escherichia coli (E. coli) on nutrient rich agar plates were exposed to dextran coated silver oxide (Ag2O) nanoparticles suspended in an aqueous solution that used the biocidal properties of the Ag2O, which resulted in a 100% kill efficiency on all concentrations of nanoparticles (0.1 mg/ml to 5.0 mg/ml).

Presenters
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Ana Cahuiche

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)
ID

Ivan Davila

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
KS

Karen S. Martirosyan

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley


Wednesday April 11, 2018 10:50am - 12:05pm CDT
Ballroom, Dining and Ballroom Complex (EDBCX), Edinburg Campus 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78539, USA

10:50am CDT

Poster Session C #08 Palladium(0)-catalyzed Intramolecular Allylic Alkylation of All-aliphatic Diketoesters
Developing effective methods for the synthesis of a variety of bioactive molecules is one of the most challenging problems in chemistry. This project aims to investigate the mechanism of a unique chemical reaction, palladium(0)-catalyzed intramolecular allylic alkylation of all-aliphatic diketoesters, using computational methods in order to increase its synthetic utility.

Presenters
DR

Diego Rivera

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


Wednesday April 11, 2018 10:50am - 12:05pm CDT
Ballroom, Dining and Ballroom Complex (EDBCX), Edinburg Campus 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78539, USA

10:50am CDT

Poster Session C #09 Palladium(0)-catalyzed Intramolecular Allylic Alkylation of chiral Diketoesters
This project goal is to investigate the mechanistic characteristics of an unique chemical reaction, palladium(0)-catalyzed intramolecular allylic alkylation of chiral diketoesters, using computational methods in order to increase its understanding and further boosting its implementation in synthetic chemistry.

Presenters
OR

Oscar Rodriguez

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


Wednesday April 11, 2018 10:50am - 12:05pm CDT
Ballroom, Dining and Ballroom Complex (EDBCX), Edinburg Campus 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78539, USA

10:50am CDT

Poster Session C #10 Preparation and Characterization of Glutaraldehyde-Chitosan Hydrogels for Biomedical Applications
The present research focuses on the preparation and characterization of glutaraldehyde-chitosan hydrogels for biomedical applications. Hydrogels were prepared and characterized utilizing chitosan, glutaraldehyde, and the swelling test. Based on our results, we’ve conclude that changes in the glutaraldehyde concentrations can generate variations in the hydrogels. Preferred date April 10, Brownsville.

Presenters
PL

Perla Leyva

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)
AT

Ahmed Touhami

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley


Wednesday April 11, 2018 10:50am - 12:05pm CDT
Ballroom, Dining and Ballroom Complex (EDBCX), Edinburg Campus 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78539, USA

10:50am CDT

Poster Session C #11 Synthesis of Iron Oxide Superparamagnetic Nanoparticles by Using Microfluidic Process
Superparamagnetic nanoparticles have potential applications for the biomedical field and cancer theranostics. This project explains the synthesis of these nanoparticles via microfluidic process.

Presenters
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Carlos Trevino De Leo

Undergraduate Student, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
KS

Karen S. Martirosyan

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley


Wednesday April 11, 2018 10:50am - 12:05pm CDT
Ballroom, Dining and Ballroom Complex (EDBCX), Edinburg Campus 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78539, USA

10:50am CDT

Poster Session C #12 Tomato Juice In Its Dual Role As Solvent And Catalyst: Green Route Toward Bioactive Pyrroles
A first-of-its-kind study will be used successfully and carried out aiming to develop a green methodology to synthesize anticancer pyrrole derivatives. The anticancer pyrrole derivatives will be synthesized following an eco-friendly route. This is the first time when tomato juice will be used as an alternative to organic solvent/catalyst.

Presenters

Wednesday April 11, 2018 10:50am - 12:05pm CDT
Ballroom, Dining and Ballroom Complex (EDBCX), Edinburg Campus 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78539, USA

10:50am CDT

Poster Session C #13 Quantum Chemical Calculation on The Proton Tunneling of the Phenylpropiolic Acid-Formic Acid Complex
The complex of Phenylpropiolic Acid-Formic Acid is expected to carry out motions associated with proton tunneling. Computational calculations will be obtained from the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC). It is anticipated that the results will provide further insight of the tunneling mechanism by predicting spectroscopy parameters and rotational transitions.

Presenters
AD

Alexis Delgado

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)
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Wei Lin

Faculty Member, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley


Wednesday April 11, 2018 10:50am - 12:05pm CDT
Ballroom, Dining and Ballroom Complex (EDBCX), Edinburg Campus 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78539, USA

10:50am CDT

Poster Session C #14 Developing Solid Supported Porphyrin Metal Organic Frameworks
My project was developing solid supported porphyrin based metal organic frameworks for use in heavy metal detection. I attempted to epitaxially grow the PMOF on functionalized cellulose. The overall goal of the project was to make this PMOF usable and see if it indeed could be grown on the cellulose.

Presenters
JM

Jack Miera

Undergraduate Student, Colorado State University
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Dr. Melissa Reynolds

Colorado State University
Melissa Reynolds, Ph.D., is an outstanding scholar of Chemistry and Biomedical Engineering. Her cutting edge research applies broadly across disciplines and to clinicians, manufacturers, engineers, and chemists. By bringing together the various parties, she and her team collectively... Read More →


Wednesday April 11, 2018 10:50am - 12:05pm CDT
Ballroom, Dining and Ballroom Complex (EDBCX), Edinburg Campus 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78539, USA

10:50am CDT

Poster Session C #15 Graphite oxide derivatives for the reinforcement of carbon nanofibers
Utilizing graphene oxide an a derivative for enhancement of the tensile properties of electrospun polyacrylonitrile nanofibers and subsequently carbon nanofibers

Presenters
SG

Servando Garza

UTeach RGV
MT

Michael Toney

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


Wednesday April 11, 2018 10:50am - 12:05pm CDT
Ballroom, Dining and Ballroom Complex (EDBCX), Edinburg Campus 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78539, USA

10:50am CDT

Poster Session C #16 Computational Methods for Understanding Steric Hindrance and Near-Field Effects
Using x-rays and electrons, is it possible to destroy a cancerous tumor selectively? We are creating an analytic geometry software utility that allows us to calculate the area eclipsed by excited organic molecules bound to a heavy metal to see if "kicked-off" electrons affect their environment to find out!


Wednesday April 11, 2018 10:50am - 12:05pm CDT
Ballroom, Dining and Ballroom Complex (EDBCX), Edinburg Campus 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78539, USA

10:50am CDT

Poster Session C #17 Structure-Activity Relationship of Novel RGD-Containing Cyclic Peptides Against αvβ3 Integrin
The αvβ3 integrin has been found to be highly expressed in tumor cells and is a target for cancer therapy due to its involvement in important physiological processes including angiogenesis and metastasis._x000D_
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We present the structures of two RGD-peptide isomers that were recently screened as antagonists to the αvβ3 integrin.

Presenters
AS

Aaron Silva

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)
I am a Philosophy student interested in the issue of Political Power, more precisely, how it justifies its existence, legitimizes the political rule of their political leadership, and its effects on society.


Wednesday April 11, 2018 10:50am - 12:05pm CDT
Ballroom, Dining and Ballroom Complex (EDBCX), Edinburg Campus 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78539, USA

10:50am CDT

Poster Session C #18 pXRF Identification of Prehistoric Lithic Artifact Material, Resource Clusters Along the Lower Rio Grande
The RGV is home to a rich heritage of prehistoric occupation extending over 11,000 years. We investigate this heritage utilizing lithic artifacts from local collections: analyzing them with portable x-ray fluorescence, utilizing differences in geochemistry to differentiate rock types, and identifying local sources for these materials.


Wednesday April 11, 2018 10:50am - 12:05pm CDT
Ballroom, Dining and Ballroom Complex (EDBCX), Edinburg Campus 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78539, USA

10:50am CDT

Talk Session H #1 of 1 Understanding Barriers to and Supports for Latino College Student Success
This project examines first-generation Latino students' perceptions of the barriers they face in post-secondary education and their subjective understandings of available supports. This study can add to our understanding of the factors which hinder and encourage Latino educational achievement and inform practices and policies that lead to student success.

Presenters
AM

Alvaro Marquez

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


Wednesday April 11, 2018 10:50am - 12:05pm CDT
Room 1.102, Student Academic Center (ESTAC), Edinburg Campus 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78541, USA

11:00am CDT

11:35am CDT

Art Gallery A - Macuiltianguis Zapotec Children's Trilingual Storybook
Macuiltianguis Zapotec (MacZ) is an endangered language from San Pablo Macuiltianguis, Oaxaca, Mexico. We have been working with Dr. John Foreman on a trilingual storybook, written in English, Spanish, and MacZ, for the kids of Macuiltianguis as part of the language revitalization efforts.

Presenters
PF

Paula Foreman

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)
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Pechis Martinez

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)
CM

Cristina Mendez

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


Wednesday April 11, 2018 11:35am - 12:15pm CDT
Charles and Dorothy Clark Art Gallery, Liberal Arts Building South (ELABS), Edinburg Campus Arts & Humanities, Edinburg, TX 78541, USA

11:35am CDT

Art Gallery A - Procrastination
A short film to show how procrastination can be harmful and sometimes be difficult to over come.

Presenters

Wednesday April 11, 2018 11:35am - 12:15pm CDT
Charles and Dorothy Clark Art Gallery, Liberal Arts Building South (ELABS), Edinburg Campus Arts & Humanities, Edinburg, TX 78541, USA

11:35am CDT

Art Gallery A - Visually documenting the irony of Vaporwave: Digital consumers as cultural curators
This short visual documentary showcases the online underground music subculture known as microwave.

Presenters
KA

Kai Ammons

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


Wednesday April 11, 2018 11:35am - 12:15pm CDT
Charles and Dorothy Clark Art Gallery, Liberal Arts Building South (ELABS), Edinburg Campus Arts & Humanities, Edinburg, TX 78541, USA

11:35am CDT

Art Gallery A - A Mexican learning to be an American
An American that grew up in Mexico trying to be an American after moving to the USA without loosing her Mexican roots and traditions. A girl trying to find out how to be bi-cultural and grow up after her dad's death without loosing herself.

Presenters
AG

Alondra Garza

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


Wednesday April 11, 2018 11:35am - 12:15pm CDT
Charles and Dorothy Clark Art Gallery, Liberal Arts Building South (ELABS), Edinburg Campus Arts & Humanities, Edinburg, TX 78541, USA

11:35am CDT

Art Gallery A - A Purpled Mind
The purpose behind my work is to explore myself, and come face to face with these body image issues that I have. It is also meant to provide ease knowing that I am not the only one being plagued by these issues.

Presenters

Wednesday April 11, 2018 11:35am - 12:15pm CDT
Charles and Dorothy Clark Art Gallery, Liberal Arts Building South (ELABS), Edinburg Campus Arts & Humanities, Edinburg, TX 78541, USA

11:35am CDT

Art Gallery A - Aqua Astasia
My piece represents the fragile deteriorating stasis the ocean's habitats are currently facing and their relation to us. I hoped to portray the beauty of the ocean while simultaneously displaying its delicate balance that, due to current issues, is threatening to collapse.

Presenters
VL

Victoria LeeAnn Dungan

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


Wednesday April 11, 2018 11:35am - 12:15pm CDT
Charles and Dorothy Clark Art Gallery, Liberal Arts Building South (ELABS), Edinburg Campus Arts & Humanities, Edinburg, TX 78541, USA

11:35am CDT

Art Gallery A - Ballad of Ego
Ego consists of multiple aspects so it isn't practical to dissolve all of it like most people believe. That is because certain aspects produce positive results. My pieces serve to show the extremes like narcissism or selfdom while also displaying the humility of self-esteem which all orchestrate ego.

Presenters
VL

Victoria LeeAnn Dungan

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


Wednesday April 11, 2018 11:35am - 12:15pm CDT
Charles and Dorothy Clark Art Gallery, Liberal Arts Building South (ELABS), Edinburg Campus Arts & Humanities, Edinburg, TX 78541, USA

11:35am CDT

Art Gallery A - Boundless
This piece serves to demonstrate the non-definitive relation that exists between time, space, and we humans. As this piece demonstrates with the symbolic timeline holes all over, the paths we choose in life are infinite and can lead to an extraordinary role for our lives in the universe.

Presenters
VL

Victoria LeeAnn Dungan

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


Wednesday April 11, 2018 11:35am - 12:15pm CDT
Charles and Dorothy Clark Art Gallery, Liberal Arts Building South (ELABS), Edinburg Campus Arts & Humanities, Edinburg, TX 78541, USA

11:35am CDT

Art Gallery A - Colmena
Throughout recent years, the STEAM field has expanded considerably._x000D_
In my work, I continue to explore the various approaches of building, that exercise the combination of handmade work and technological methods.

Presenters
VF

Vilma Flores

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


Wednesday April 11, 2018 11:35am - 12:15pm CDT
Charles and Dorothy Clark Art Gallery, Liberal Arts Building South (ELABS), Edinburg Campus Arts & Humanities, Edinburg, TX 78541, USA

11:35am CDT

Art Gallery A - Como El Mar
With this narrative I aspire to shine a light on a struggle that is being felt by many in this nation, particularly in the borderlands, however, despite this, Mexicans, Mexican Americans and Chicanx have continued to hold their culture, practices and values close to their hearts.

Presenters
JD

Jessica Denise Villgeas

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


Wednesday April 11, 2018 11:35am - 12:15pm CDT
Charles and Dorothy Clark Art Gallery, Liberal Arts Building South (ELABS), Edinburg Campus Arts & Humanities, Edinburg, TX 78541, USA

11:35am CDT

Art Gallery A - Dark Days
Through my sculptures I create the illusion of life that gives the sense of a dream like feeling by merging surreal and realism designs to depict my ideas in a physical form. My body of work expresses my views on the world's current state of chaos.


Wednesday April 11, 2018 11:35am - 12:15pm CDT
Charles and Dorothy Clark Art Gallery, Liberal Arts Building South (ELABS), Edinburg Campus Arts & Humanities, Edinburg, TX 78541, USA

11:35am CDT

Art Gallery A - Elefante
These pieces are meant to bring attention to the significant rising deaths of elephants; and how they are poached for their tusks and bodies left to decay. These wooden sculptures are to portray wastefulness of their bodies for humans own selfish needs; the need of wanting, no matter the cost.

Presenters
JP

Jennifer Peña

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


Wednesday April 11, 2018 11:35am - 12:15pm CDT
Charles and Dorothy Clark Art Gallery, Liberal Arts Building South (ELABS), Edinburg Campus Arts & Humanities, Edinburg, TX 78541, USA

11:35am CDT

Art Gallery A - Embellished Creatures
I have discovered that beauty may not always be depicted on a canvas but on three dimensional objects excavated from beneath our feet. I have combined my love for collecting animal crania with a strategic beading technique for this series.

Presenters

Wednesday April 11, 2018 11:35am - 12:15pm CDT
Charles and Dorothy Clark Art Gallery, Liberal Arts Building South (ELABS), Edinburg Campus Arts & Humanities, Edinburg, TX 78541, USA

11:35am CDT

Art Gallery A - Los Frutos de Nuestra Tierra
This work gives an overall emphasis on the Mexican American/Chicano migrant culture and the social and economic conditions in which they live.

Presenters
VC

Virginia Contreras

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


Wednesday April 11, 2018 11:35am - 12:15pm CDT
Charles and Dorothy Clark Art Gallery, Liberal Arts Building South (ELABS), Edinburg Campus Arts & Humanities, Edinburg, TX 78541, USA

11:35am CDT

Art Gallery A - Majestuoso
My large-scale ceramic pouring vessel is exploring the differences between humans and elephants. Elephants are patient, compassionate and practice social intelligence; humans seem to only attempt these for a moment of fame or attention. In simpler terms, let's "walk a mile in their shoes" and attempt for genuine human emotions.

Presenters
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Jennifer Peña

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


Wednesday April 11, 2018 11:35am - 12:15pm CDT
Charles and Dorothy Clark Art Gallery, Liberal Arts Building South (ELABS), Edinburg Campus Arts & Humanities, Edinburg, TX 78541, USA

11:35am CDT

Art Gallery A - Promesas: Birds of Promise, an installation
Installation project created as a research into the concepts of installation art’s impact with the community. In collaboration with the Scenic Wetlands and Birding center in Edinburg. The project researches the answer to how Installation works impact the community.

Presenters

Wednesday April 11, 2018 11:35am - 12:15pm CDT
Charles and Dorothy Clark Art Gallery, Liberal Arts Building South (ELABS), Edinburg Campus Arts & Humanities, Edinburg, TX 78541, USA

11:35am CDT

Art Gallery A - Seawoman
The study and challenge of my first glass sculpture is about the female figure. I chose to put a female figure within an ocean wave to symbolize the flow of a woman trying to find herself.

Presenters
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Alondra Garza

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


Wednesday April 11, 2018 11:35am - 12:15pm CDT
Charles and Dorothy Clark Art Gallery, Liberal Arts Building South (ELABS), Edinburg Campus Arts & Humanities, Edinburg, TX 78541, USA

11:35am CDT

Art Gallery A - The Bigger Picture
A giant photo-collage of Polaroids that were taken of illustrations that the Edinburg community has made. Each Polaroid flows into the next as the community was instructed to continue from the edge of the illustration neighboring theirs. Over 400 Polaroids make up the piece.

Presenters

Wednesday April 11, 2018 11:35am - 12:15pm CDT
Charles and Dorothy Clark Art Gallery, Liberal Arts Building South (ELABS), Edinburg Campus Arts & Humanities, Edinburg, TX 78541, USA
  Studio Art, Showcase

11:35am CDT

Art Gallery A - Unconventional Paperweights
Cast in aluminum. Finished in studio with tools and patinas.

Presenters
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Caleb Pena

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


Wednesday April 11, 2018 11:35am - 12:15pm CDT
Charles and Dorothy Clark Art Gallery, Liberal Arts Building South (ELABS), Edinburg Campus Arts & Humanities, Edinburg, TX 78541, USA

11:35am CDT

Art Gallery A - Valley of the Lost
A story that emphasizes the struggles of the people that live in the border. Oppression, poverty, and violence. All elements that many find relatable in the valley. Some may find this as just a simple story, but I

Presenters
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Joyance Liao Mendoza

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


Wednesday April 11, 2018 11:35am - 12:15pm CDT
Charles and Dorothy Clark Art Gallery, Liberal Arts Building South (ELABS), Edinburg Campus Arts & Humanities, Edinburg, TX 78541, USA

12:15pm CDT

Poster Session D #01 Acoustic Voice Detection and Ultrasonic Localization
This project is intended to solve the problem of localizing pressure leaks in space vessels. These pressure leaks emit ultrasonic signals. Our goal is to develop a proof-of-concept prototype that will enable hands free voice communication while scanning for ultrasonic signatures, which will then be localized.

Presenters
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Aaron Estrada

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


Wednesday April 11, 2018 12:15pm - 1:30pm CDT
Ballroom, Dining and Ballroom Complex (EDBCX), Edinburg Campus 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78539, USA

12:15pm CDT

Poster Session D #02 Adabpting for the Future: A Blueprint for an Effective Stormwater Master Plan in a Semi-Tropical Campus
This study is a proposal for a Stormwater Master Plan for the UTRGV Edinburg Campus. It analyzes data, plans, and physical/social geographies of the campus to best create a solution for the campus' flooding and drainage problems in a sustainable approach.


Wednesday April 11, 2018 12:15pm - 1:30pm CDT
Ballroom, Dining and Ballroom Complex (EDBCX), Edinburg Campus 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78539, USA

12:15pm CDT

Poster Session D #03 An Autonomous Robot With Course Navigation, Token Retrieval, and Token Delivery Functionality
The goal of our project is to create an autonomous, token retrieval and placement robot. Our robot must be able to autonomously navigate along a game board, collect magnetic steel tokens, identify their colors, and then deliver them to a designated zone of the same color.

Presenters
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Joshua Acosta

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)
SG

Salvador Garza

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)
SR

Samuel Roberts

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


Wednesday April 11, 2018 12:15pm - 1:30pm CDT
Ballroom, Dining and Ballroom Complex (EDBCX), Edinburg Campus 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78539, USA

12:15pm CDT

Poster Session D #04 Automatic Storage and Retrieval System: Internet of Things for the Built Environment
The main idea of our project is the integration of built environments into the Internet of Things._x000D_
The focus of our project are elderly and disable people. They commonly need assistance with daily activities. We want to implement an automated solution, to return them a small portion of their independence.

Presenters
AO

Adriana Olvera

Lecturer, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley


Wednesday April 11, 2018 12:15pm - 1:30pm CDT
Ballroom, Dining and Ballroom Complex (EDBCX), Edinburg Campus 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78539, USA

12:15pm CDT

Poster Session D #05 Development of Flexible Mechanoluminescent Polymeric Based Systems
Mechanoluminescence (ML), creation of light or an optical response to a mechanical input, has not been heavily explored. My research focuses on the development of nonwoven nanofiber mat systems with enhanced ML response and high mechanical flexibility to further enhance potential applications.

Presenters
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Jorge Vidal

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


Wednesday April 11, 2018 12:15pm - 1:30pm CDT
Ballroom, Dining and Ballroom Complex (EDBCX), Edinburg Campus 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78539, USA

12:15pm CDT

Poster Session D #06 Encrypted Radio Text Communications
Fast encrypted digital text communication via two-way radio devices with similar or shorter range of commercial two-way radios to provide methods of secure and completely private communications.

Presenters
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Maximiliano Garcia

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)
MG

Mario Garza

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


Wednesday April 11, 2018 12:15pm - 1:30pm CDT
Ballroom, Dining and Ballroom Complex (EDBCX), Edinburg Campus 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78539, USA

12:15pm CDT

Poster Session D #07 Environmental impact of Solar PV Installations
This research is about the impact that solar panels may have on our environment at the end of their life span.

Presenters
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David Lopez

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


Wednesday April 11, 2018 12:15pm - 1:30pm CDT
Ballroom, Dining and Ballroom Complex (EDBCX), Edinburg Campus 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78539, USA

12:15pm CDT

Poster Session D #08 Fabrication of Iron Oxide Nanofibers via ForceSpinning Method
The research project focuses on the fabrication and analysis of iron nano fibers.

Presenters
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Salomon Luna

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


Wednesday April 11, 2018 12:15pm - 1:30pm CDT
Ballroom, Dining and Ballroom Complex (EDBCX), Edinburg Campus 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78539, USA

12:15pm CDT

Poster Session D #09 Green Building Innovation and Design for Sustainable Industrial Settings
As the human population continues to grow, we must try to maintain a delicate balance between the human need to improve our lifestyles and feeling of well-being. The used of sensors can innovate any building by optimization it to become a security, lifestyle, and sustainable habitat.


Wednesday April 11, 2018 12:15pm - 1:30pm CDT
Ballroom, Dining and Ballroom Complex (EDBCX), Edinburg Campus 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78539, USA

12:15pm CDT

Poster Session D #10 Residential Green Building Challenge
For this challenge, we are provided with several sensors to use in our challenge With these sensors, we came up with various ideas of smart home tech that can benefit the user and the residential home.


Wednesday April 11, 2018 12:15pm - 1:30pm CDT
Ballroom, Dining and Ballroom Complex (EDBCX), Edinburg Campus 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78539, USA

12:15pm CDT

Poster Session D #11 Scope Probe
The Wireless Scope Probe is a device that will be light in weight and easy to use on the regular basis. Our final design will be capable of replacing a common laboratory digital oscilloscope by doing the same functions at a smaller scale with the capability of being wireless.

Presenters
AC

Arturo Cervantes

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)
EC

Emmanuel Culebro

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)
avatar for Irania Rodriguez

Irania Rodriguez

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


Wednesday April 11, 2018 12:15pm - 1:30pm CDT
Ballroom, Dining and Ballroom Complex (EDBCX), Edinburg Campus 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78539, USA

12:15pm CDT

Poster Session D #12 Smart Inverter Network
DC to AC inverters will be designed and built that will represent a microgrid to be in compliance with commercial utility grids.

Presenters
PC

Priscilla Castillo

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


Wednesday April 11, 2018 12:15pm - 1:30pm CDT
Ballroom, Dining and Ballroom Complex (EDBCX), Edinburg Campus 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78539, USA

12:15pm CDT

Poster Session D #13 Solar Battery Charger
The goal of this project is to design a circuit, powered by a solar panel, which can charge different types of batteries by use of a microcontroller to provide the appropriate charging profile and a LCD to show the current, voltage, power, and what type of battery is being charged.

Presenters
MA

Manuel Aguilar Jr.

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)
MT

Monica Trevino

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


Wednesday April 11, 2018 12:15pm - 1:30pm CDT
Ballroom, Dining and Ballroom Complex (EDBCX), Edinburg Campus 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78539, USA

12:15pm CDT

Poster Session D #14 Understanding, Recognizing and Responding to the Abuse of Robots
People have a propensity to abuse robots and are more likely to do so if the robots are highly humanlike, female-gendered, and racialized. Our research gathers data by examining this phenomenon and trying to understand why people behave this way.


Wednesday April 11, 2018 12:15pm - 1:30pm CDT
Ballroom, Dining and Ballroom Complex (EDBCX), Edinburg Campus 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78539, USA

12:15pm CDT

Poster Session D #16 Validation Of Dielectric Properties Of Blood-Mimicking Fluid For Biomedical Applications
The aim of this study is to investigate the dielectric properties of the major human tissues, including the blood, and create a mimicking forearm with controlled blood glucose level inside the blood vessel.

Presenters
avatar for Wei Lin

Wei Lin

Faculty Member, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley


Wednesday April 11, 2018 12:15pm - 1:30pm CDT
Ballroom, Dining and Ballroom Complex (EDBCX), Edinburg Campus 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78539, USA

12:15pm CDT

Poster Session D #17 Wireless Smoke and Motion Detection System
We want to provide security to low income areas where usually security home systems are not affordable. The device will provide smoke and motion detection to decrease risks of fires and break-ins. With different types of situations at home, the user will have options on the mobile application.

Presenters
CC

ChuWen Cheng

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)
GH

Gerardo Hernandez

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)
EP

Edgar Padilla

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


Wednesday April 11, 2018 12:15pm - 1:30pm CDT
Ballroom, Dining and Ballroom Complex (EDBCX), Edinburg Campus 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78539, USA

12:15pm CDT

Poster Session D #18 Wireless Surveillance Boat
The basis of this project is control a bot (boat) through a smart phone, that can return information about its surroundings. In this particular project, the user will retrieve from bot, about the water.


Wednesday April 11, 2018 12:15pm - 1:30pm CDT
Ballroom, Dining and Ballroom Complex (EDBCX), Edinburg Campus 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78539, USA

12:15pm CDT

Poster Session D #19 Automated Inspection Planning for CMM
In order to use the GD&T system imbedded in a 3D model using a CMM, an operator must manually input these properties. Therefore, CMM’s still do not have the ability to automatically interpret the 3D model. Consequently, our primary goal is Propose an automated inspection system.


Wednesday April 11, 2018 12:15pm - 1:30pm CDT
Ballroom, Dining and Ballroom Complex (EDBCX), Edinburg Campus 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78539, USA

12:15pm CDT

Poster Session D #20 Spenser
Do you forget to take your medications? “Spenser” is an innovative and efficient system for dispensing medications a week at a time. At a touch of a button, Spenser will release medications that are scheduled to be taken throughout the day. Musical alerts will serve as a friendly reminder.


Wednesday April 11, 2018 12:15pm - 1:30pm CDT
Ballroom, Dining and Ballroom Complex (EDBCX), Edinburg Campus 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78539, USA
  Applied Science, Showcase

12:15pm CDT

Poster Session D #21 FPGA Driven 3D Printer Control System
Our reasoning behind this project is that it incorporates the various parts of our senior design project that need addressing, such as digital electronic hardware and control software. We also aim to analyze cost of our design versus typical electronics typically on the market with respect to the print quality.

Presenters
AL

Antonio Lujan

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)
SM

Scott Mercer

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)
MW

Matthew Wilson

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


Wednesday April 11, 2018 12:15pm - 1:30pm CDT
Ballroom, Dining and Ballroom Complex (EDBCX), Edinburg Campus 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78539, USA
  Applied Science, Undergraduate Student Competition

12:15pm CDT

Talk Session K #1 of 2 Home Power Load Reducer
The home power load reducer is a device which lowers power consumption in residential locations when low frequencies are detected from the power grid. Testing will include a controlled frequency input and ten 100 watt bulbs as the load. System will demonstrate load reduction when appropriate.


Wednesday April 11, 2018 12:15pm - 1:30pm CDT
Room 1.101, Student Academic Center (ESTAC), Edinburg Campus 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78541, USA

12:15pm CDT

Poster Session D #22 Engaged Water Quality Study With The International Environmental Protection Agency
The UTRGV CRP team obtained water samples periodically for the past months and has observe the changes in the water quality for the sites being monitor. The parameters that were tested were Dissolved Oxygen, Specifc Conductivity, pH, Temperature, and Nutrient.

Presenters
avatar for Roberto Hernández

Roberto Hernández

Ambassador, Engaged Scholarship & Learning


Wednesday April 11, 2018 12:15pm - 1:30pm CDT
Ballroom, Dining and Ballroom Complex (EDBCX), Edinburg Campus 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78539, USA

12:15pm CDT

Poster Session D #23 Experimental Study of Brine Droplet Evaporation using an Electrodynamic Balance (EDB) Device
The project's purpose is to study effects of crystallization on the evaporation process of brine (salt-saturated water) droplets inside an electrodynamic balance used to stabilize the droplet for accurate study. The proposed research will develop my comprehension of multistage heat and mass transfer beyond what is learned in a classroom.

Presenters
LE

Luis Escobar

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


Wednesday April 11, 2018 12:15pm - 1:30pm CDT
Ballroom, Dining and Ballroom Complex (EDBCX), Edinburg Campus 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78539, USA

12:15pm CDT

Poster Session D #24 Morphometric Analysis of Meandering Channels in the Rio Grande Delta, A Test for Human Intervention.
The Rio Grande Delta has shown eight meander belts that represent older and abandoned channels including the present course of the river. The goal is to perform morphometric analysis of the meander belts to characterize the results of the meandering channels in the Rio Grande in the last 100 years.

Presenters
KC

Karen Cantu

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


Wednesday April 11, 2018 12:15pm - 1:30pm CDT
Ballroom, Dining and Ballroom Complex (EDBCX), Edinburg Campus 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78539, USA

12:15pm CDT

Poster Session D #23 Photography Drone
The Snapix company asked us to deliver a photography drone that they can use in their photography business. They wanted all the qualities of an expensive drone at an affordable price. They wanted an autonomous drone that didn't need constant supervision and that recorded high-quality memories.

Presenters
AH

Abiel Hernandez

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


Wednesday April 11, 2018 12:15pm - 1:30pm CDT
Ballroom, Dining and Ballroom Complex (EDBCX), Edinburg Campus 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78539, USA

12:15pm CDT

Poster Session D #25 Inhibition of Androgen Receptor Steroid Binding Activity by the Thyroid Hormone
Inhibition of Androgen Receptor Steroid Binding Activity by the Thyroid Hormone.

Presenters
YG

Yackeline Gonzalez

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


Wednesday April 11, 2018 12:15pm - 1:30pm CDT
Ballroom, Dining and Ballroom Complex (EDBCX), Edinburg Campus 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78539, USA
  Health, Showcase

12:15pm CDT

Talk Session K #2 of 2 Bone Protective Properties of Salvia hispanica in Postmenopausal Rat Model
We administered special feed and monitored food intake of the animals for five months. After sacrifice, we collected blood and the bones for further analysis. The left proximal tibia, distal femoral metaphysis, and 4th lumbar vertebra is now being scanned with a pQCT and Micro CT densitometers for analysis.

Presenters
DM

Daisy M. Mendez

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


Wednesday April 11, 2018 12:15pm - 1:30pm CDT
Room 1.101, Student Academic Center (ESTAC), Edinburg Campus 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78541, USA
  Health, Showcase

12:15pm CDT

Poster Session D #26 OPA1 is stabilized in H9c2 cardiomyoblasts
Mitochondria membrane potential maintains its dynamics with interactions between OPA1 and OMA1. Wild type cells after disruption of the membrane split OPA1 to long and short form however cardiomyoblasts cells only show the long isoform. . A better understanding may improve our ability to prevent diseases like Parkinson’s and heart failure.

Presenters
FC

Fredy Calderon

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


Wednesday April 11, 2018 12:15pm - 1:30pm CDT
Ballroom, Dining and Ballroom Complex (EDBCX), Edinburg Campus 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78539, USA

12:15pm CDT

Talk Session J #1 of 3 History That Rhymes: An analysis of Maria Amparo Ruiz de Burton’s The Squatter and the Don and Current Circulating U.S. Legislation
A close reading and analyzation of legislation passed within Maria Amparo Ruiz de Burton’s “The Squatter and the Don” and U.S. immigration policies that have been currently circulating. Additional scholarly sources, data, and statistics regarding both will be analyzed to see if legislation created by both congresses bare any similarities.

Presenters
DA

Dora Alicia Cantu

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


Wednesday April 11, 2018 12:15pm - 1:30pm CDT
Room 1.102, Student Academic Center (ESTAC), Edinburg Campus 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78541, USA

12:15pm CDT

Talk Session J #2 of 3 Latin Dance in Theatre
Latin dance has a major influence on Latin Theatre/TV/Film. It can be seen in everything from stand up comedy to commercials. With that being said, why is Latin dance so important to the Latin arts industry?

Presenters
GR

Gerry Rodriguez

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


Wednesday April 11, 2018 12:15pm - 1:30pm CDT
Room 1.102, Student Academic Center (ESTAC), Edinburg Campus 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78541, USA
  Humanities, Showcase

12:15pm CDT

Talk Session J #3 of 3 Marxism and the Sharing Economy: An Analysis of Capital and Marketplaces
Sharing economies create a new division in Marxist analysis of Capital. This new division, The Market, allows companies to lower their investment and to increase the surplus created. By using Marx's equations found in Capital III on Uber and Airbnb we can identify the implications of these modern business models.


Wednesday April 11, 2018 12:15pm - 1:30pm CDT
Room 1.102, Student Academic Center (ESTAC), Edinburg Campus 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78541, USA
  Humanities, Showcase

12:15pm CDT

Talk Session L #1 of 3 Differences and Dialogue Between the World of Fidencistas and Folk Healers
This research broadens our understanding of the Fidencista religion and how it relates to the work of folk healers. While many of their traditions, especially in the spiritual realm, overlap, important differences exist between them. Both of these Mexican American experiences operate in close proximity in the Rio Grande Valley.

Presenters
OM

Olga Moya

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


Wednesday April 11, 2018 12:15pm - 1:30pm CDT
Cenizo Room, Dining and Ballroom Complex (EDBCX), Edinburg Campus 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78541, USA

12:15pm CDT

Talk Session L #2 of 3 The Power Of Teamwork in a Community to Save Lower Income Students
Lower income students have it rough. Believe it or not, but those lower income students are the ones that succeed. However, not just lower income students have it rough. Those with financial problems need assistance as well. The help of a community comes a long way.

Presenters
KA

Kassandra Annika Ramos

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


Wednesday April 11, 2018 12:15pm - 1:30pm CDT
Cenizo Room, Dining and Ballroom Complex (EDBCX), Edinburg Campus 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78541, USA

12:15pm CDT

Talk Session L #3 of 3 Does The Trump Administration Hold Legitimate Power?
This research looks at how the power in a Democratic Republic is legitimized in terms of political theory, and political philosophy. Based on those political theories, the conditions that have to be met for power in a Democratic Republic to be legitimate, the current presidential administration fails to meet them.


Presenters
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Aarón A. Sosa

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)
I am a Philosophy student interested in the issue of Political Power, more precisely, how it justifies its existence, legitimizes the political rule of their political leadership, and its effects on society.



Wednesday April 11, 2018 12:15pm - 1:30pm CDT
Cenizo Room, Dining and Ballroom Complex (EDBCX), Edinburg Campus 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78541, USA

12:15pm CDT

Poster Session D #TBD Comparative Transcriptome Analysis of Arthropods to Understand the Evolution of Chemoreceptor Genes
To understand the evolution of chemoreceptor genes, we are performing a transcriptome comparison among the transcriptomes from Brine shrimp, Mayfly, Collembola, Silverfish, Webspinner, Surinam cockroach, Mantis, Locusts, Firebrat, Dragonfly, and Stoneflies.

Presenters
FG

Fernando Garcia

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)
JL

Joyance Liao Mendoza

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)
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Mirayda Torres-Avila, Ph.D.

Faculty Member, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)
RR

Roberto Ramirez

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)
AZ

Ashley Zavala

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


Wednesday April 11, 2018 12:15pm - 1:30pm CDT
Ballroom, Dining and Ballroom Complex (EDBCX), Edinburg Campus 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78539, USA

12:35pm CDT

Performance #02 Taekwondo - Korean Martial Arts
As part of our service learning for our Korean class, we decided to do a brief taekwondo performance. We will perform a series of self defense techniques and forms called "poomsae."

Presenters
DO

Denise Ontiveros

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


Wednesday April 11, 2018 12:35pm - 12:45pm CDT
PlainsCapital Bank Theater, Student Union (ESTUN), Edinburg Campus Student Union, Edinburg, TX 78541, USA

12:50pm CDT

Performance #03 Korean Pop Cultural Dance
This performance will demonstrate the influence of Korean pop culture worldwide. It highlights one of the most successful korean pop culture band which is BTS. 

Presenters
ZL

Zhikynah Lamsis

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)
DO

Denise Ontiveros

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)
AS

Annsuriya Saji

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


Wednesday April 11, 2018 12:50pm - 12:55pm CDT
PlainsCapital Bank Theater, Student Union (ESTUN), Edinburg Campus Student Union, Edinburg, TX 78541, USA

1:00pm CDT

Performance #04 Life and Works of the Great Latin Jazz Composer: Alberto Ginastera
To present the life and works of Alberto Ginastera, while aptly describing each influence and showcasing them through performance and spoken word. Through lecture and music, I hope to pay homage to a great Latin American Composer.

Presenters
BH

Benjamin Ho-Shing

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


Wednesday April 11, 2018 1:00pm - 1:10pm CDT
PlainsCapital Bank Theater, Student Union (ESTUN), Edinburg Campus Student Union, Edinburg, TX 78541, USA

1:25pm CDT

Oral Presentation #06 - Remember My Soul
Remember My Soul tells the story of Jewish roots in northern Mexico and South Texas, and the impact it has had on the culture and the people of the region. There are many traditional borderlands customs that are suspected to be of Jewish origin, which are examined in the documentary.

Presenters
avatar for Jillian Glantz

Jillian Glantz

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


Wednesday April 11, 2018 1:25pm - 1:40pm CDT
PlainsCapital Bank Theater, Student Union (ESTUN), Edinburg Campus Student Union, Edinburg, TX 78541, USA

1:40pm CDT

Poster Session E #01 Autonomous Pet Feeder
We plan to create a pet feeder that interacts with pets when their owners are unavailable. This product would feed and water the pet using an automated system, while also allowing the owner to communicate with their pet; thus, removing much of the owner's worry when leaving their pet unattended.


Wednesday April 11, 2018 1:40pm - 2:55pm CDT
Ballroom, Dining and Ballroom Complex (EDBCX), Edinburg Campus 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78539, USA
  Applied Science, Showcase

1:40pm CDT

Poster Session E #02 Sound Therapy Device
Based on Sound Therapy principles, our device will emit specific low frequencies from its speakers to the user in order to provide beneficial health effects. It will help ease common ailments that plague the general population such as insomnia and anxiety.

Presenters
IC

Ivan Cuellar

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)
SG

Scott Garza

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)
AM

Adrian Medina

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


Wednesday April 11, 2018 1:40pm - 2:55pm CDT
Ballroom, Dining and Ballroom Complex (EDBCX), Edinburg Campus 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78539, USA

1:40pm CDT

Poster Session E #03 Superharmonic Frequency Response of a MEMS/NEMS Electrostatically Actuated Cantilever
BVP4C,  and the Method of multiple scales are used to to explain that the different parameters can lead to changes in the amplitude-frequency response. Furthermore, that various methods the two methods match at lower amplitudes,but  there is a difference at higher amplitudes. Thus in order to prove the validility of results one would need more methods in addition to these two methods.


Presenters
JB

Julio Beatriz

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)



Wednesday April 11, 2018 1:40pm - 2:55pm CDT
Ballroom, Dining and Ballroom Complex (EDBCX), Edinburg Campus 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78539, USA

1:40pm CDT

Poster Session E #04 HST WFC3/IR Tip Magnitude as a Function of Age and Metallicity
This research investigates using the Hubble Space Telescope to find the age and metallicity of stellar populations as well as the distance between spiral galaxies using tip magnitudes.

Presenters
IP

Ivana Peña

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


Wednesday April 11, 2018 1:40pm - 2:55pm CDT
Ballroom, Dining and Ballroom Complex (EDBCX), Edinburg Campus 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78539, USA

1:40pm CDT

Poster Session E #05 The Acute Effects of Various Recovery Methods on Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness
The main purpose of the study was to investigate the effects of different recovery methods including vibrating platform, theragun and foam rolling.

Presenters
MC

Marcos Cruz

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)
SE

Sael Elizondo

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)
RM

Robert Martinez

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)
RR

Roel Ruiz

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


Wednesday April 11, 2018 1:40pm - 2:55pm CDT
Ballroom, Dining and Ballroom Complex (EDBCX), Edinburg Campus 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78539, USA
  Health, Showcase

1:40pm CDT

Poster Session E #06 Using Motor Learning Principles to Examine the Application of Skill Progression Medical Tests to Facilitate Balance Re-gaining After a Stroke
Research includes visiting physical therapy and occupational therapy clinics to speak to professional about what motor learning principle they use on their aging stroke patients. The findings will be presented at the Movementis conference at Harvard University on July 27 through July 29, 2018.


Wednesday April 11, 2018 1:40pm - 2:55pm CDT
Ballroom, Dining and Ballroom Complex (EDBCX), Edinburg Campus 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78539, USA

1:40pm CDT

Poster Session E #07 Conducting an Archival Odyssey: Jesuit Art and Architecture in colonial Peru
We studied and translated original manuscripts and primary sources related to study Jesuit art in the viceregal period. This research helped me learn the skills of navigating a foreign archive, develop skills of paleography, and learn how to generate new research ideas based on the data we uncover.


Wednesday April 11, 2018 1:40pm - 2:55pm CDT
Ballroom, Dining and Ballroom Complex (EDBCX), Edinburg Campus 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78539, USA

1:40pm CDT

Poster Session E #08 Exploring Linguistic Access in a Border Community: The Student Perspective
The research is comprised of several different ideas and exploratory research questions that involve students', faculty, and community stakeholders use and navigation of language in academic and community situations. Conclusions will be drawn through the perspective and analysis of student interviews for the purpose of this presentation.

Presenters
JN

Judith Nicole Ramirez

Graduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


Wednesday April 11, 2018 1:40pm - 2:55pm CDT
Ballroom, Dining and Ballroom Complex (EDBCX), Edinburg Campus 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78539, USA

1:40pm CDT

Poster Session E #09 Analysis of Self Perceived Time Management Skills in Pre-Medical Students
Pre-Medical students participated in a survey to assess their time management abilities. The survey served as a platform that allowed students to compare their expectations with their definite results and effectively reflect on specific areas that require improvement in order to maximize their academic performance.

Presenters
AA

Alberto Arroyo

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)
VC

Vanessa Cavazos

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)
MV

Melanie Vance

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


Wednesday April 11, 2018 1:40pm - 2:55pm CDT
Ballroom, Dining and Ballroom Complex (EDBCX), Edinburg Campus 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78539, USA

1:40pm CDT

Poster Session E #10 Assessing the Biomedical Sciences Program’s Impact on the Readiness of Current Students
The UTRGV Biomedical Sciences program aims to prepare undergraduate students with the tools necessary in pursuing postgraduate degrees in health professions. This program has decided to evaluate its success thus far, in assessing the opinions and perceptions of its students in regards to their preparedness after undergraduate studies.

Presenters
DM

Dr. Maria Castaneda

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
MF

Melissa Flores

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)
VF

Veronica Flores

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)
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Sachin George

Ambassador, Engaged Scholarship & Learning
I am a Senior Biomedical Sciences major at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, who upon graduation, plans to attend medical school to obtain his M.D. I am involved in numerous organizations on campus, serving as the President for the Biomedical Sciences Association (BSA) and... Read More →
AS

Amanda Salas

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)
BV

Bianca Vela

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)
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Lakshman Vigneswaran

Ambassador, Engaged Scholarship & Learning
Ambassador and BMED Major


Wednesday April 11, 2018 1:40pm - 2:55pm CDT
Ballroom, Dining and Ballroom Complex (EDBCX), Edinburg Campus 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78539, USA

1:40pm CDT

Poster Session E #11 Assessment of Professional Development in UTRGV Students
Utilizing professional behavior, speech, and mannerism in the educational setting can allow one to develop his or her professionalism. To evaluate this development, a survey was administered to fifty students with the objective of assessing students’ perception about the influence that these activities have on their professional development.

Presenters
KM

Kelsey Medina

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)
MS

Muhammad Saud Siddiqui

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)
AT

Alejandra Torres

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


Wednesday April 11, 2018 1:40pm - 2:55pm CDT
Ballroom, Dining and Ballroom Complex (EDBCX), Edinburg Campus 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78539, USA

1:40pm CDT

Poster Session E #12 Beliefs about the Border Wall in a Student Sample from the U.S.-Mexico Border Region
In a sample of 430 Latino students, we investigated beliefs about the effectiveness of the proposed wall and their predictors. Results implied that students in the Rio Grande Valley hold negative views about the wall. Unfavorable beliefs associated with Democrats and Latinos. Anglo-acculturated students and conservatives had more positive beliefs.


Wednesday April 11, 2018 1:40pm - 2:55pm CDT
Ballroom, Dining and Ballroom Complex (EDBCX), Edinburg Campus 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78539, USA

1:40pm CDT

Poster Session E #13 Improving Political Efficacy and Attitudes Towards Politics with a Brief Political Information Search
100 undergraduate students were randomly assigned to two conditions: (1) answer difficult political knowledge questions and (2) answer political knowledge questions with encouragement to look up difficult answers. Condition 2 reported higher levels of internal political efficacy and more political attitudes than did condition 1.

Presenters
FG

Fabian Gonzalez

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)
DL

Deanna Leticia Pollard

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)
MA

Mauricio Alejandro Yanez

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


Wednesday April 11, 2018 1:40pm - 2:55pm CDT
Ballroom, Dining and Ballroom Complex (EDBCX), Edinburg Campus 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78539, USA

1:40pm CDT

Poster Session E #14 Korean Cuisine
The objective of this project is to educate people on the history and elements of Korean cuisine, encourage them to try it and become more culturally aware. Research will be conducted by visiting different Korean restaurants, trying the food and carefully studying the historical background.


Wednesday April 11, 2018 1:40pm - 2:55pm CDT
Ballroom, Dining and Ballroom Complex (EDBCX), Edinburg Campus 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78539, USA

1:40pm CDT

Poster Session E #15 Mental Health Stigma and Help-Seeking Behaviors Among UTRGV Students
The negative outcomes associated with mental health disorders among college students requires the evaluation of factors that may be contributing towards the failure to properly diagnose and treat these mental health issues. UTRGV’s student enrollment presents unique family and cultural variables that may influence mental health stigma.


Wednesday April 11, 2018 1:40pm - 2:55pm CDT
Ballroom, Dining and Ballroom Complex (EDBCX), Edinburg Campus 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78539, USA

1:40pm CDT

Poster Session E #16 Does Mentoring Matter? Exploring the Impact of College Students' Mentoring Experiences at a Hispanic-Serving Institution
This study aims to examine how mentor-mentee relationships impact undergraduate and graduate student mentors from programs held at UTRGV that cater to the academic development of children or undergraduate UTRGV students by obtaining authentic accounts of each mentor’s unique mentoring experiences.

Presenters
FG

Fabian Gonzalez

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)
MP

Marilu Pintor

Graduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)
DL

Deanna Leticia Pollard

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)
DS

Daniel Salinas

Graduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)
AC

Abigail Cassandra Ventura

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)
MA

Mauricio Alejandro Yanez

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


Wednesday April 11, 2018 1:40pm - 2:55pm CDT
Ballroom, Dining and Ballroom Complex (EDBCX), Edinburg Campus 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78539, USA

1:40pm CDT

Poster Session E #17 Language Practices Among Bilinguals and Monolinguals in a Borderlands Region
Bilinguals report codeswitching for many reasons. Demographic, codeswitching, and acculturation surveys and a proficiency test were administered to 37 RGV residents. Results show over 50% of bilinguals report codeswitching, 33% reported they were aware of switches, and 9.5% were unaware, and a positive covariation between degree of bilingualism and codeswitching.

Presenters
MG

Maria Garcia

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)
FG

Fabian Gonzalez

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)
DL

Deanna Leticia Pollard

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)
MA

Mauricio Alejandro Yanez

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


Wednesday April 11, 2018 1:40pm - 2:55pm CDT
Ballroom, Dining and Ballroom Complex (EDBCX), Edinburg Campus 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78539, USA

1:40pm CDT

Poster Session E #18 Chronic Pain & PTSD
Physical and emotional trauma have been considered as factors for the pathogenesis of chronic pain, with clinical manifestations often presenting cognitively, psychologically, and physically. Findings have suggested an interdependence of symptoms from traumatic stress and chronic pain, requiring both conditions to be treated simultaneously to yield success.


Wednesday April 11, 2018 1:40pm - 2:55pm CDT
Ballroom, Dining and Ballroom Complex (EDBCX), Edinburg Campus 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78539, USA
  Social, Undergraduate Student Competition

1:40pm CDT

Poster Session E #19 Social Marketing
This article contends that regardless of broad talk on the subject, the maximum capacity of social marketing has not been figured it out. The point of this dialog subsequently, is to open the capability of social Marketing. To start, the improvement and nature of social marketing are analyzed.

Presenters

Wednesday April 11, 2018 1:40pm - 2:55pm CDT
Ballroom, Dining and Ballroom Complex (EDBCX), Edinburg Campus 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78539, USA

1:40pm CDT

Poster Session E #20 Analysis of Sleep Deprivation on Biomedical Science Student Performance
This experiment evaluates the sleeping habits of Biomedical Sciences students at UTRGV to investigate and perhaps validate the widely believed notion that college students have an unorthodox sleep schedule. Furthermore, this research will further explore the reasons behind these actions and determine the correlation between sleep deprivation and academic performance.

Presenters
CC

Carina Calvillo

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)
DM

Dr. Maria Castaneda

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
AL

Angelica Leal

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)
AR

Alessa Ramirez

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


Wednesday April 11, 2018 1:40pm - 2:55pm CDT
Ballroom, Dining and Ballroom Complex (EDBCX), Edinburg Campus 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78539, USA

3:05pm CDT

Talk Session N #1 of 2 UTRGV Volleyball Blocking Machine
The robotic machine that I propose is to better the UTRGV volleyball team. It will be a mechanical system that works on the attack portion of the team. The prototype will be scaled down in order to show how the machine works.

Presenters

Wednesday April 11, 2018 3:05pm - 4:20pm CDT
Room 1.101, Student Academic Center (ESTAC), Edinburg Campus 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78541, USA

3:05pm CDT

Talk Session N #2 of 2 ASCVD Patients Statin Use And Other
In adults of age 18 and over and no contraindications of statin use, we review the percentage of ASCVD patients on statin therapy and the factors associate with statin therapy.

Presenters
KV

Kristina Vatcheva

Assistant Professor, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley



Wednesday April 11, 2018 3:05pm - 4:20pm CDT
Room 1.101, Student Academic Center (ESTAC), Edinburg Campus 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78541, USA

3:05pm CDT

Talk Session O #1 of 3 Rafael Lorenzana and the Importance of Recording Our History.
In this project I researched the life of Rafael Lorenzana. As a Mexican Revolution veteran, Lorenzana moved to the Valley in 1920 to pursue a career in agriculture. I learned the importance of preserving our history, since we only get so much time to talk to those who lived it.

Presenters

Wednesday April 11, 2018 3:05pm - 4:20pm CDT
Room 1.102, Student Academic Center (ESTAC), Edinburg Campus 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78541, USA

3:05pm CDT

Talk Session O #3 of 3 On Negative Visualization, Positive Conceptualizaion in Stoicism
This paper challenges the Stoic practice of negative visualization to find that it distorts and diminishes inherent value of a person/thing. Positive conceptualization is introduced as a supplementary practice to maintain and ensure inherent value in the form of merit-value. A pragmatic approach in research supports this novel practice.

Presenters

Wednesday April 11, 2018 3:05pm - 4:20pm CDT
Room 1.102, Student Academic Center (ESTAC), Edinburg Campus 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78541, USA

3:05pm CDT

Talk Session O #2 of 3 The role of social support on UTRGV students' mental health outcomes
This study examines the role of social support on UTRGV student mental health, specifically anxiety and depression.

Presenters
VV

Vanessa Vera

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


Wednesday April 11, 2018 3:05pm - 4:20pm CDT
Room 1.102, Student Academic Center (ESTAC), Edinburg Campus 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78541, USA
  Social, Showcase

4:30pm CDT

Talk Session Q #1 of 1 Salt Carpet Printer
We are introducing a printing mechanism that will create a work of art or what we refer to as a “salt carpet”. Our group will build this mechanism so that it not only functions from a technical standpoint, but will also function as a tool to create a real-time masterpiece.

Presenters
AF

Alissa Flores

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


Wednesday April 11, 2018 4:30pm - 5:25pm CDT
Room 1.101, Student Academic Center (ESTAC), Edinburg Campus 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78541, USA
  Studio Art, Showcase

4:30pm CDT

Talk Session P #1 of 3 Financial Literacy for Disadvantaged Consumers: Antecedents and Implications
This research focuses on the topic of financial literacy, defined as the amount of knowledge and understanding individuals possess in relation to financial decisions. Data from the RAND American Life Panel database are used to analyze which factors relate to a person’s level of financial literacy.

Presenters
AS

Amber Solis

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


Wednesday April 11, 2018 4:30pm - 5:45pm CDT
Cenizo Room, Dining and Ballroom Complex (EDBCX), Edinburg Campus 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78541, USA

4:30pm CDT

Talk Session P #2 of 3 Rates of Diagnosed Depression and Depressive Symptomatology Among UTRGV Students
This is a proposal for a study regarding the rates of diagnosed depression and rates of symptoms of depression among UTRGV students compared to a national average.

Presenters
RR

Rodrigo Ramirez

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


Wednesday April 11, 2018 4:30pm - 5:45pm CDT
Cenizo Room, Dining and Ballroom Complex (EDBCX), Edinburg Campus 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78541, USA
  Social, Undergraduate Student Competition

4:30pm CDT

Talk Session P #3 of 3 Predicting the Mental Health of Immigrant and Refugee Central American Families
With limited research exploring the mental health of recently arrived immigrants, this study aimed to predict mental health of incoming Latino refugee children based on trauma exposure and their parent's mental health. The data supported our hypothesis and provides a model that can help identify at-risk children.

Presenters
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Alfonso Mercado

Assistant Professor, University of Texas- Rio Grande Valley
AN

Abigail Nunez Saenz

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)
AT

Andy Torres

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


Wednesday April 11, 2018 4:30pm - 5:45pm CDT
Cenizo Room, Dining and Ballroom Complex (EDBCX), Edinburg Campus 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78541, USA

5:55pm CDT

Talk Session R #1 of 2 The Chachalaca Review
The Chachalaca Review is a multicultural journal that both celebrates and shares culture. This student-run journal is published twice a year and can be accessed online at www.chachalacareview.com. The journal is overseen by faculty and is supported by Engaged Scholarship and Learning, University of Rio Grande Valley.

Presenters
avatar for Christopher Carmona

Christopher Carmona

Assistant Professor of Creative Writing, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Dr. Christopher Carmona, Assistant Professor, the Creative Writing Program and Mexican American Studies, University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley, and Chair of the K-12 Committee of Texas Foco (Chapter) of the National Association of Chicana and Chicanos Studies.
KS

Kelly Saenz

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


Wednesday April 11, 2018 5:55pm - 7:10pm CDT
Cenizo Room, Dining and Ballroom Complex (EDBCX), Edinburg Campus 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78541, USA

5:55pm CDT

Talk Session R #2 of 2 Brownsville's Chronicles
Brownsville's Chronicles is set in Forth Brown, in the Mexican American War. The two main characters are a time traveler and a daughter of a General. Some characters are based on real persons. This story has a parallel with current situations and explains the relationship we have with Mexico.

Presenters
PM

Perla Melendez

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


Wednesday April 11, 2018 5:55pm - 7:10pm CDT
Cenizo Room, Dining and Ballroom Complex (EDBCX), Edinburg Campus 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78541, USA
 
Thursday, April 12
 

10:00am CDT

SMART Program Ceremony
Presenters
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Nazmul Islam

Faculty Fellow, Engaged Scholarship & Learning
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Office of Engaged Scholarship & Learning

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)
The Office of Engaged Scholarship & Learning supports student learning experiences beyond the classroom. We focus on helping students integrate and enrich academic knowledge, gain professional experience, and develop skills through hands-on learning opportunities.MissionTo develop... Read More →


Thursday April 12, 2018 10:00am - 10:50am CDT
Ballroom, Dining and Ballroom Complex (EDBCX), Edinburg Campus 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78539, USA

11:00am CDT

Poster Session F #01 Green Manufacturing: Firms' Approach to Energy Management
This study focuses on manufacturing firms’ greening efforts in four areas of electrical energy consumption: demand management of electricity, production energy management, utility energy management, and use of renewable energy.

The study aims to identify the underlying patterns in the choice of energy conservation strategies and seek possible explanations for such patterns in terms of manufacturing firms’ characteristics.

To achieve these objectives, the study uses firm-specific data pertaining to electric energy consumption and improvement efforts undertaken by the firms. Data pertaining to assessments on electricity consumption, recommendations and their implementation during time period 2000-2015 for several industries are considered for the study to identify the underlying patterns in the adoption of greening strategies in electrical energy management, latent class analysis (LCA) technique.


Thursday April 12, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
Ballroom 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78539, USA
  Applied Science, SMART Program Showcase

11:00am CDT

Poster Session F #02 Divisibility Properties of Restrictions and Generalizations of Partitions
Integer partitions are an active and exciting area of mathematical research producing many profound results explaining properties of the number of sums of whole numbers. The goal of this project is to develop solutions and/or record observations related to these problems.

In particular, the integer partitions of a non-negative integer n, p(n), is the number of unordered ways to sum to n using only whole numbers. A restricted partition is a rule imposed on the whole numbers used. The first conjecture is on particular sums of restricted partitions, when divided by a prime, their remainders are equivalent to the remainders p(n) when divided by the same prime.

An overpartition of n is an integer partition in which the first occurrence of a whole number in a partition can be over-lined or not. There are statistics on overpartitions which highlight their divisibility properties. An open problem is if one particular statistic, the second rank moment, is larger than another, the second crank moment, for any overpartition of n.

The project’s aim is to prove both of these conjectures and submit the proofs to publication in the appropriate academic journals.


Thursday April 12, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
Ballroom 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78539, USA
  Applied Science, SMART Program Showcase

11:00am CDT

Poster Session F #03 The Effects of a Short-Term Resistance Training Program with Blood Flow Restriction Cuffs versus Recommended Resistance Training on Arterial Compliance and Muscular Adaptations in Recreationally Active Males
The purposes of this study are to 1) investigate the short-term training effects on the use of blood flow restriction (BFR) cuffs during resistance training when compared to higher and lower intensity resistance training without BFR on large and small arterial elasticity, and 2) examine how different resistance training programs, with and without BFR, elicit changes in hemodynamics by measuring resting heart rate (RHR), systolic blood pressure (SBP), diastolic blood pressure (DBP), mean arterial pressure (MAP), cardiac output (CO), stroke volume (SV), systemic vascular resistance (SVR), total vascular impedance (TVI) maximum voluntary contraction (MVC), torque, power, force, and body composition (BC) in recreationally active male subjects.


Thursday April 12, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
Ballroom 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78539, USA
  Health, SMART Program Showcase

11:00am CDT

Poster Session F #04 Influence of Metabolic Syndrome Risk Factors on Arterial Compliance in College Aged-Adults
There is very limited information available about the prevalence of metabolic syndrome (MetS) in the United States. This project proposes to determine the prevalence of MetS, and knowledge and awareness of concepts related to MetS, in the student body of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. MetS is categorized as a constellation of metabolic risk factors that increase the risk of developing heart disease, diabetes and having a stroke. According to the National Cholesterol Education Program Adult Treatment Panel III (NCEP-ATP III), to have a positive diagnosis of MetS requires the presence of three of the following risk factors: abdominal obesity through measurement of waist circumference, elevated triglycerides, depressed high-density lipoprotein (HDL) levels, hypertension, and impaired fasting blood glucose.

This project proposes as minimum of 200 participants. Participants will be required to visit the Exercise Physiology Laboratory in the Department of Health and Human Performance located at M1 Building in Brownsville Campus on 2 separate time periods. On the first day, participants will be required to read and sign an informed consent form, they will also be asked to complete a Dietary Screener Questionnaire, Godin’s Leisure-Time Exercise Questionnaire and Metabolic Syndrome Questionnaire. Afterwards, baseline anthropometric measurement will be recorded; including height, weight, resting blood pressure, resting heart rate, hip and waist circumference, and body composition. Lastly, participants will be assigned an accelerometer to accurately quantify their physical activity level. They will be asked to wear the accelerometers for 7 consecutive days. For the second visit, participants will return the accelerometers and give fasted blood samples, to record total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, total cholesterol/HDL ratio, and fasting plasma glucose.


Thursday April 12, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
Ballroom 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78539, USA
  Health, SMART Program Showcase

11:00am CDT

Poster Session F #06 Evaluating the effects of the combined use of NSAIDs and alcohol on key brain cells (neuronal SHSY-5Y and microglia cell line) oxidative stress and apoptosis
This study is designed to determine the effect of Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) in the absence and presence of ethanol on serotonergic neurons and microglia (the immune cell of the brain). SHSY 5Y and microglia EOC13.31 cells will be cultured according to established lab protocols, each plate will be treated in the presence or absence of ethanol.

Specific changes will be further determined by using confocal microscopy experiments. End point assays will be performed to measure cell viability, oxidative stress, and protein expression of apoptosis markers such as caspase 3 & 9 activation, PARP fragmentation.

This study will ultimately provide a better understanding of the effects of NSAIDs when combined with low-high alcohol levels on the hippocampal neurons and immune function of the brain.


Thursday April 12, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
Ballroom 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78539, USA
  Health, SMART Program Showcase

11:00am CDT

Poster Session F #07 Preventable Morality Review of Distracted Driving Deaths for 2013-2016 Hidalgo and Cameron Counties
Traffic fatalities are a major cause of preventable deaths in Texas. With 3,721 fatalities related to motor vehicle collisions occurring in Texas in 2017, this represents a significant number of preventable deaths. Texas House Bill 62 was signed in to law into law by Governor Abbot on June 6, 2017, and took effect September 1, 2017. This law imposes a fine on drivers that are texting and driving or using a mobile device, not in a hands-free mode. Seatbelts have been identified to reduce mortality after their widespread introduction; further efforts can be made through the identification of current causes of mortality related to traffic accidents. A comprehensive assessment of causes influencing fatal traffic accidents can give researchers further information on how to target further mortality reduction campaigns.


Thursday April 12, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
Ballroom 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78539, USA
  Health, SMART Program Showcase

11:00am CDT

Poster Session F #08 Postcolonial Literacy in the Age of Social Media
In his book, The Darker Side of the Renaissance, Walter Mignolo argues that the colonization of literacy happened mainly because indigenous people did not have a written alphabet as the Europeans did. The recent use of social media has led to new forms of literacy and new forms of communication. This project asks: Has social media literacy has become a new form of colonization?

We collected data from social media including memes, advertisements, and images. Then, we used a rubric inspired by Migonolo's book to measure whether a document is oppressive. We measured each document on specific categories, like identity, voice, and space to determine to what degree the document exerted colonial power and why.


Thursday April 12, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
Ballroom 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78539, USA
  Social, SMART Program Showcase

11:00am CDT

Poster Session F #09 Help Yourselves: Peer Review and Workshopping as a Social Duty
The goal of the project is for undergraduate students to learn effective workshopping and relating these acquired skills to their social duties as a student. Additionally, students will be able to produce publishable writing that will be submitted to literary magazines.

Throughout this process, students will workshop through several rounds of writing exercises to build fluency in storytelling. Post-exercise discussions will be conducted to discuss effect revisions strategies and then implement the suggested revisions to their work.

After the review-and-revision cycle yields publishable work based on an established criterion, students will explore options for public presentation. At the end of this process, students will then reflect on the skills acquired and benefit it serves to their respective academic and educational careers. They will also inquire as to how such a process may benefit surrounding peers and community of students at UTRGV.


Thursday April 12, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
Ballroom 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78539, USA
  Social, SMART Program Showcase

11:00am CDT

Poster Session F #05 Depression and Anxiety Symptoms In UTRGV Students
Based on results of the National College Health Assessment II (NCHAII) administered Fall 2016 to a UTRGV sample, students at UTRGV are reporting high levels of mental health symptoms, but low diagnoses.

The proposed research study aims to measure self-reported symptoms of anxiety and depression within the UTRGV population to better assess whether rates of these disorders are indeed lower than rates for national samples of college students or if they are under-diagnosed. Additionally, a focus on the relationship of social media to the symptomatology of these disorders will be explored. In order to do so, a survey will be administered to UTRGV students.

The results from this research will contribute more information to support the mental health and understanding of UTRGV students to assist with new interventions and programs for students struggling with mental health issues.


Thursday April 12, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
Ballroom 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78539, USA

11:00am CDT

Poster Session F #10 Qualities and experiences for emerging artists
The goal of the project is to help undergraduate art students become more involved in the community by exhibiting their work, teaching workshops, and developing community engagement. Workshops and biweekly meetings will be held to discuss local art events.

Students will teach at least one workshop at B&E Art Studio in Brownsville. The artwork created at the workshops will then be exhibited in a curated student exhibition in the summer titled “Pigmented”, which will be presented at Galeria 409 in downtown Brownsville. During the course of the project, students will be required to attend a monthly CV/Resume workshop, which will help students keep track of their monthly exhibitions, and community service.


Thursday April 12, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
Ballroom 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78539, USA
  Studio Art, SMART Program Showcase

3:30pm CDT

Poster Session G #01 Wireless Blood Pressure Monitoring System
A blood pressure monitoring device that can measure systolic and diastolic pressures. Transmits the data via a wireless medium using Bluetooth. Displays data points on a pressure vs time graph and stores it for future reference through a self developed user-friendly interface. Device will be portable and easy to use.


Thursday April 12, 2018 3:30pm - 4:45pm CDT
Auditorium, Harlingen Campus 2102 Treasure Hills Blvd, Harlingen, TX 78550, USA

3:30pm CDT

Poster Session G #02 Assessing the Prevalence of Hypertension Among UTRGV Students According to New Guidelines
The study is intended to raise awareness on whether the new 2017 guidelines for classifying hypertension have increased the incidence of prehypertension and hypertension among UTRGV students.

Presenters
JL

Jasmine Luke

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)
NR

Nitchelle Rodriguez

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)
DV

Daniela Vidal

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


Thursday April 12, 2018 3:30pm - 4:45pm CDT
Auditorium, Harlingen Campus 2102 Treasure Hills Blvd, Harlingen, TX 78550, USA

3:30pm CDT

Poster Session G #03 A Healthier Brownsville
One of Brownsville's biggest problems is the food we eat. Most of it is unhealthy and lacks the nutritional value that we need. I plan to bring awareness to this issue to lower the rates of obesity and diabetes in Brownsville.


Thursday April 12, 2018 3:30pm - 4:45pm CDT
Auditorium, Harlingen Campus 2102 Treasure Hills Blvd, Harlingen, TX 78550, USA
  Health, Undergraduate Student Competition

3:30pm CDT

Poster Session G #04 Service Learning at 2018 RGV Special Olympic Events
This project provides an overview of the events provided for students with special needs and how volunteers help make these events happen.


Thursday April 12, 2018 3:30pm - 4:45pm CDT
Auditorium, Harlingen Campus 2102 Treasure Hills Blvd, Harlingen, TX 78550, USA
  Health, Showcase

3:30pm CDT

Poster Session G #05 Service Learning- Conservation Biology
Community engagement opportunity, doing volunteer service, teaching the community in general to protect themselves from diseases transmitted by mosquitoes, and help people learn about endangered plant species. The positive feedback from the community was the best part of serviced learning activities.

Presenters
avatar for Consuelo Aguilar

Consuelo Aguilar

Graduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)
UTRGV Biology Grad Student conducting research about vector borne disease-human health, and native endangered species plants.


Thursday April 12, 2018 3:30pm - 4:45pm CDT
Auditorium, Harlingen Campus 2102 Treasure Hills Blvd, Harlingen, TX 78550, USA

3:30pm CDT

Poster Session G #06 Conserving the Beauty of the Rio Grande Valley
To present and define the need for further investment in Conservation Biology not simply by funds, but through education, cooperativity, and citizenship. We aim to show the community our hard work, and how every person and Vaquero can make a difference.

Presenters
BH

Benjamin Ho-Shing

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


Thursday April 12, 2018 3:30pm - 4:45pm CDT
Auditorium, Harlingen Campus 2102 Treasure Hills Blvd, Harlingen, TX 78550, USA

3:30pm CDT

Poster Session G #07 Tires for Beautiful Gardens/a better community
Tires are reused in different creative ways, fun projects that are cost efficient.


Thursday April 12, 2018 3:30pm - 4:45pm CDT
Auditorium, Harlingen Campus 2102 Treasure Hills Blvd, Harlingen, TX 78550, USA

3:30pm CDT

Poster Session G #08 Teaching Music Theory Through Multicultural Songs
Using Multicultural songs can help with learning core subjects. Students are learning cultural music, music theory, and science.

Presenters

Thursday April 12, 2018 3:30pm - 4:45pm CDT
Auditorium, Harlingen Campus 2102 Treasure Hills Blvd, Harlingen, TX 78550, USA

3:30pm CDT

Poster Session G #09 Assessing the impact of Service Learning in UNIV 1301 Learning Framework Courses
This poster will showcase data gathered from the Fall 2017 Service Learning Experience Survey and the Service Learning Project student reflections. This quantitative and qualitative data will evaluate the impact of service learning pedagogy in the first-year classroom.

Presenters
avatar for Perez Erika

Perez Erika

Lecturer II, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley


Thursday April 12, 2018 3:30pm - 4:45pm CDT
Auditorium, Harlingen Campus 2102 Treasure Hills Blvd, Harlingen, TX 78550, USA
  Social, Showcase

3:30pm CDT

Poster Session G #10 Red Rover Reader's Program
Through the Red Rover Readers Program UTRGV-CEP students have engaged the experience of what an educator does to provide comprehension instruction through read-aloud and hands-on activities. This assists the children from the program to connect to both world and text as they learn empathy and kindness to animals and humans.

Presenters
JG

Jimena Gamboa

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)
RP

Raquel Pérez

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


Thursday April 12, 2018 3:30pm - 4:45pm CDT
Auditorium, Harlingen Campus 2102 Treasure Hills Blvd, Harlingen, TX 78550, USA
  Social, Undergraduate Student Competition

3:30pm CDT

Poster Session G #11 Teacher Preparation
I was able to work with Mrs. Aide De Anda, estudiantina director, at Veterans Memorial High School through Service Learning. Thus, completing thirty-two volunteer hours with Mrs. Aide De Anda and helping her with her students and the advance group. The preferred date would be April 10 at Brownsville, TX.

Presenters
AG

Ana G. Martinez

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


Thursday April 12, 2018 3:30pm - 4:45pm CDT
Auditorium, Harlingen Campus 2102 Treasure Hills Blvd, Harlingen, TX 78550, USA

3:30pm CDT

Poster Session G #12 Leadership & Creativity are the Keys for a Successful Entrepreneur
To be able to be a successful entrepreneur, you must at least have two very important keys: leadership and creativity. Entrepreneurs seeking to obtain success can find these characteristics through both service learning and exploring the boundaries of what life is given to them.

Presenters

Thursday April 12, 2018 3:30pm - 4:45pm CDT
Auditorium, Harlingen Campus 2102 Treasure Hills Blvd, Harlingen, TX 78550, USA
  Social, Showcase

3:30pm CDT

Poster Session G #13 Engaged Scholar Ambassadors
The ES&L Ambassadors work alongside the Office of ES&L to fulfill its goal of providing quality experiential learning experiences to university students. With the help and cooperation of many professors and community organizations across the RGV, ES&L Ambassadors assist the ES&L office by integrating service learning in courses across campus.

Presenters
avatar for Ana Cahuiche

Ana Cahuiche

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)
avatar for Sidney Cervantes

Sidney Cervantes

Ambassador, Engaged Scholarship & Learning
avatar for Roman Sanchez Martinez

Roman Sanchez Martinez

Graduate Assistant, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
avatar for Pechis Martinez

Pechis Martinez

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)
avatar for Lakshman Vigneswaran

Lakshman Vigneswaran

Ambassador, Engaged Scholarship & Learning
Ambassador and BMED Major


Thursday April 12, 2018 3:30pm - 4:45pm CDT
Auditorium, Harlingen Campus 2102 Treasure Hills Blvd, Harlingen, TX 78550, USA
  Social, Undergraduate Student Competition

3:30pm CDT

Poster Session G #14 Service Learning in Disaster Studies
Service learning designations in a graduate course, Disaster and Society

Presenters
avatar for Dean Kyne

Dean Kyne

Assistant Professor, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Dr. Dean Kyne serves as an assistant professor of environmental sociology at the Sociology and Anthropology Department, the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV). He is a core faculty member of M.A. Disaster Studies program which was recently opened. He has published a book... Read More →


Thursday April 12, 2018 3:30pm - 4:45pm CDT
Auditorium, Harlingen Campus 2102 Treasure Hills Blvd, Harlingen, TX 78550, USA
  Social, Showcase

3:30pm CDT

Poster Session G #15 Adopt a Startup at UTRGV-Partnership with WBC-CC
Through the program "Adopt a Startup at UTRGV" in partnership with WBC-CC and UTRGV ECC, students actively impact the economy and the business community by adopting startups or creating their own ventures through the Business Model Canvas. They assist entrepreneurs to craft successful Business Plans avoiding startups from failure.

Presenters
SR

Sylvia Robles

Faculty Member, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


Thursday April 12, 2018 3:30pm - 4:45pm CDT
Auditorium, Harlingen Campus 2102 Treasure Hills Blvd, Harlingen, TX 78550, USA
  Social, Showcase

3:30pm CDT

Poster Session G #16 Service-Learning Reduced Seat Model
Service-learning taught in a reduced-seat environment allows students to serve their community and put writing theory into practice as they collaborate in response to community needs both on and off campus. Students of Rhetoric and Composition II benefit by having meaningful research projects and the community benefits as well.

Presenters
avatar for Susan Mills

Susan Mills

Faculty Member, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


Thursday April 12, 2018 3:30pm - 4:45pm CDT
Auditorium, Harlingen Campus 2102 Treasure Hills Blvd, Harlingen, TX 78550, USA

3:30pm CDT

Poster Session G #17 Western vs. Eastern Valentine's Day Celebratory Practices
A comparison of Valentine's Day as celebrated in the United States versus Valentine's Day and the celebration of White Day in South Korea. Brief description of university service event during Valentine's day. Includes a small reading, writing, and pronunciation language workshop on Korean phrases as used during these holidays.

Presenters
SE

Sana Erabti

Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


Thursday April 12, 2018 3:30pm - 4:45pm CDT
Auditorium, Harlingen Campus 2102 Treasure Hills Blvd, Harlingen, TX 78550, USA
  Social, Showcase

3:30pm CDT

Poster Session G #18 Public Notice on Fire Hazards of Today
During fire prevention week in October I would also like to include a notice to the public that they should have their home built in exhaust fans, in their restroom, bathroom, kitchen vent hood, or any type of exhaust or venting motor checked or serviced by a maintenance person.

Presenters

Thursday April 12, 2018 3:30pm - 4:45pm CDT
Auditorium, Harlingen Campus 2102 Treasure Hills Blvd, Harlingen, TX 78550, USA
  Social, Showcase

3:30pm CDT

Poster Session G #19 Impact of the UNIV 1301 Service Learning Project in our College Experience
In Fall 2017, as students enrolled in UNIV 1301 Service Learning designated course, we were assigned a Service Learning Project that linked us to our broader community. As a team, we volunteered at Palm Valley Animal Center and The Laurie P. Andrews PAWS Center to gain experience and help animals.

Presenters
LM

Lena Marcellus

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)
JV

Jerod Villanueva

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)
AV

Abigail Villarreal

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


Thursday April 12, 2018 3:30pm - 4:45pm CDT
Auditorium, Harlingen Campus 2102 Treasure Hills Blvd, Harlingen, TX 78550, USA

3:30pm CDT

Poster Session G #20 Service Learning Project: Special Olympics
For our service learning project, our group attended three special Olympic events throughout the Spring 2018 semester. The group members interacted and helped children with intellectual disabilities by participating in games, activities, dances, and sports competitions.

Presenters
CS

Celina Sanchez

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


Thursday April 12, 2018 3:30pm - 4:45pm CDT
Auditorium, Harlingen Campus 2102 Treasure Hills Blvd, Harlingen, TX 78550, USA
  Social, Showcase

3:30pm CDT

Poster Session G #21 Service Learning Project for Special Needs Students
A project that will help us in our career by volunteering with special needs students


Thursday April 12, 2018 3:30pm - 4:45pm CDT
Auditorium, Harlingen Campus 2102 Treasure Hills Blvd, Harlingen, TX 78550, USA
  Social, Undergraduate Student Competition

3:30pm CDT

Poster Session G #22 EmpowerASD: A Network of Families and Advocates for ASD
The purpose of this project is to educate, advocate, and build a network of and for families with children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder.

Presenters
AN

Abigail Nunez Saenz

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)
PS

Paola Salazar

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)
AT

Andy Torres

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


Thursday April 12, 2018 3:30pm - 4:45pm CDT
Auditorium, Harlingen Campus 2102 Treasure Hills Blvd, Harlingen, TX 78550, USA
  Social, Undergraduate Student Competition

3:30pm CDT

Poster Session G #23 Spanish Tutoring
Spanish students participate in a Service Learning Project to help the community and to honor their families. The goal of the project was to inspire students to be volunteers, to learn about Service Learning and to utilize their knowledge by helping non-profit agencies when they graduate from UTRGV.

Presenters
AE

Aracely Esparza

Faculty Member, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


Thursday April 12, 2018 3:30pm - 4:45pm CDT
Auditorium, Harlingen Campus 2102 Treasure Hills Blvd, Harlingen, TX 78550, USA

3:30pm CDT

Poster Session G #24 Hidalgo County Public Cemetery Project
The Hidalgo County Public Cemetery is where UTRGV’s Public Archaeology course allows students to engage in fieldwork. Through this course students are able to give back to their community as well as gain experience that helps them flourish as scholars and individuals on their future career paths.

Presenters
LC

Leann Castillo

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)
LG

Lizette Garcia

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)
OM

Olga Moya

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


Thursday April 12, 2018 3:30pm - 4:45pm CDT
Auditorium, Harlingen Campus 2102 Treasure Hills Blvd, Harlingen, TX 78550, USA

3:30pm CDT

Poster Session G #25 Service Learning in Education in Longoria Elementary School
My partner and I will be teaching kindergartners Music, utilizing our previous and newfound skills. We'll be reporting on the impact from different teaching methods, ranging from incorporating their verbal abilities via singing and their locomotor skills through flute recorders.


Thursday April 12, 2018 3:30pm - 4:45pm CDT
Auditorium, Harlingen Campus 2102 Treasure Hills Blvd, Harlingen, TX 78550, USA
  Social, Undergraduate Student Competition

3:30pm CDT

Poster Session G #26 Korean Traditional Mask Dance (Talchum)
Korean Traditional Mask Dance (Talchum) from Hwanhaedo province is a form of drama with masks, singing, and dancing.

Presenters
CL

Cecilia Loredo

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)
YT

Yaritza Tovar

Undergraduate Student, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)


Thursday April 12, 2018 3:30pm - 4:45pm CDT
Auditorium, Harlingen Campus 2102 Treasure Hills Blvd, Harlingen, TX 78550, USA
  Social, Undergraduate Student Competition

5:00pm CDT

Award Ceremony
Thursday April 12, 2018 5:00pm - 7:10pm CDT
Auditorium, Harlingen Campus 2102 Treasure Hills Blvd, Harlingen, TX 78550, USA
 


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