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CNS Undergraduates Rack Up Research Awards

CNS Undergraduates Rack Up Research Awards

Last week, the College of Natural Sciences celebrated undergraduate student research at the Undergraduate Research Forum.

Participants of the Undergraduate Research ForumMore than 250 students presented posters, describing their research to faculty, alumni, and industry judges. The most innovative posters and oral presentation received awards and cash prizes. The winners were announced at a special event Monday.

Several student-scientists also competed and won in the Intellectual Entrepreneurship Citizen Scholars’ fourth annual Research Contest. The University-wide competition awarded seven Longhorns prizes or honorable mentions, six of whom were from the College of Natural Sciences. Those winners were also announced Monday.

On Tuesday, the College held the Aspire Awards and handed out awards for Research Excellence. Recipients of the Research Excellence Award exhibited excellence in their research studies, innovating and making novel discoveries as undergraduates.

Undergraduate Research Forum Award Winners
CNS Award for Excellence in Astronomy & Astrophysics Research: James Diekmann
CNS Award for Excellence in Physics Research: Edward J. Seifert
Marjorie Morales Award for Excellence in Computer Science Research: Manuel Philipose
CNS Award for Excellence in Computational Biology, Biochemistry or Chemistry  Research: Benjamin Corona
New England BioLabs Award for Excellence in Biology Research: Soma Bhatnagar
CNS Award for Excellence in Biology Research: Nishika Karbhari
CNS Award for Excellence in Neuroscience Research: Fernanda Argudo
CNS Award for Excellence in Neuroscience Research: Kelly Jameson
Integrated DNA Technologies (IDT) Award for Excellence in Molecular Biology or Genetics Research: Jonathan M. Mercado
CNS Award for Excellence in Molecular Biology or Genetics Research: Corey Timmerman
CNS Award for Excellence in Biochemistry Research: Armin Nourani
CNS Award for Excellence in Biochemistry Research: Eric Yoon
CNS Award for Excellence in Biochemistry Research: Serena Zadoo
CNS Award for Excellence in Chemistry Research: Mark Babin
CNS Award for Excellence in Public Health, Nutrition, or Biomedical Sciences Research: Lucy Cheng
CNS Award for Excellence in Public Health, Nutrition, or Biomedical Sciences Research: Victoria R. Lehrmann 
CNS Award for Excellence in Psychology, Social Sciences and Human Development and Family Sciences Research: Aubrey Tucker
Joseph Jones Life on Waller Creek Award, presented by the Texas Memorial Museum: Katrina Spangenberg
SURGe Award for Most Interesting Research Poster: Antonio D. Garcia
SURGe Award for Best Freshmen Research Initiative Poster: Biobricks
SURGe Students’ Choice Award: Francis Shue
IE Citizen Scholars Research Award Winners

First Place: Linda Garrison, Biology: Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior, "Information Transfer in Hierarchical Social Systems"

Second place: Xenia Gonzalez, Human Biology, "Identifying a Novel Inhibitor for GES-5 Carbapenemase in Klebsiella Pneumoniae Infections by Virtual Drug Screening"

Fourth place: Jonathan Mercado, Human Biology, "Transcriptional Regulation of SLC30A10 as a Mn Transporter"

Fifth place: Irnela Bajrovic, Biochemistry, "Evaluation of Thin Film Formulations for an Oral Ebola Vaccine"

Honorable Mentions: Meagan Aguirre, Marine and Freshwater Biology, "Site of Insulin-Like Growth Factor Action to Induce Oocyte Maturation in Zebrafish;" and Bria Lacour, Biochemistry "Computational Simulation of the Aggregation of the Dimerized Form of the Estrogen Receptor"

Aspire Awards for Research Excellence

Luis Valencia

Alexander Beltran

Jamal Ojeaga

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