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Students to Present for Capital Research Day

February 11, 2011

Hailey ClarkThree students from the School of Math and Sciences at Wayland have been invited to participate in the Texas Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol on February 14, 2011.  Tonia Perez, Rosemary Ribera and Hailey Clark will be presenting their research during a poster session at the Capitol Building in Austin.


The research day was set up to showcase the experiences of undergraduate students engaged in research for Texas legislators and the public through high-quality poster presentations. Students from institutions across Texas were invited to submit abstracts for participation in the program.  Two different research programs at Wayland applied and were accepted to participate.


Perez and Ribera have conducted undergraduate research at Wayland under the direction of Dr. Gary Gray, Professor of Chemistry.  Their poster, "Ayurvedic Medicine: The pursuit of breast cancer cell cytotoxins," will detail their identification of natural chemical compounds that appear to have success in killing breast cancer cells.  Their research is partially funded by a grant from the Welch Foundation.


Clark, a recent graduate of Wayland, will present research conducted as part of her honor's thesis at Wayland under the direction of Dr. David Schmidt, Assistant Professor of Geology.  Her poster is entitled "Stable isotope geochemistry and paleoenvironmental analysis of  Pleistocene carbonates, Plainview, Texas"


The event is coordinated by the Council of Public University Presidents and Chancellors (CPUPC) and the Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas (ICUT), and hosted with the support of Judith Zaffirini, Chairwoman of the Senate Higher Education Committee, and Dan Branch, Chairman of the House Higher Education Committee. The program will highlight how research conducted by undergraduate students positively impacts Texas -- and Texans -- with the theme: Transforming Texas Through Undergraduate Research.