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UTEP Undergraduates to Present their Research at the State Capitol

March 21, 2017 | UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS

Gilbert Carranza, senior electrical engineering major, and Lauren Chacon, junior kinesiology major, will represent UTEP at the 2017 Texas Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol. Photo by: JR Hernandez/UTEP Communications

Gilbert Carranza, senior electrical engineering major, and Lauren Chacon, junior kinesiology major, will represent UTEP at the 2017 Texas Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol. Photo by: JR Hernandez/UTEP Communications

Undergraduate researchers Lauren Chacon, junior kinesiology major, and Gilbert Carranza, senior electrical engineering major, will represent UTEP at the 2017 Texas Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol. This event on March 28, 2017 will bring approximately 75 outstanding undergraduate students from Texas universities to the State Capitol in Austin, where they will present the results of their research to state senators, state representatives and the general public.

Chacon will present her project aimed at identifying and preventing risks for heart disease among Hispanics. She is an awardee of the BUILDing SCHOLARS program funded by the National Institutes of Health. Chacon conducted her research under the mentoring of Louis Brown, Ph.D., assistant professor of health promotion and behavioral sciences at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, campus El Paso.

Carranza is conducting research under the mentorship of Raymond Rumpf, Ph.D., Schellenger Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UTEP. The goal of his project is to develop the tools needed to construct three-dimensional electric circuits that could make electronics more efficient. Gilbert is an awardee of the MERITUS program funded by UTEP's Campus Office of Undergraduate Research Initiatives, or COURI.

The Council of Public University Presidents and Chancellors (CPUPC), the Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas, Inc. (ICUT) and the Texas Association of Community Colleges (TACC) organize Texas Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol every other year. The goal of this event is to highlight the many ways in which undergraduate research positively impacts Texas and Texans, from better preparing our students for the challenges of the 21st century to transforming the lives of all Texans via discoveries made by our very own students working alongside our talented faculty mentors.

More information about the event:
http://www.txstate.edu/continuinged/Events/Undergraduate-Research-Day

More information about undergraduate research at UTEP:
http://couri.utep.edu/index.php/about-research