Houston Community News >> Minority Students Showcase Research

11/1/2006 Houston- Minority undergraduate students from
across the country will showcase their research Nov. 10-12 at a conference hosted by the Houston-Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation at Texas Southern University.

The 2006 National Conference, held at Texas Southern University's
state- of-art Science Center, will feature 1995 Nobel Prize winner Dr.Mario J. Molina as the keynote speaker; research oral presentations; student and faculty panel discussions; tours of TSU's research programs; and opportunities for participants to meet with industry representatives and National Science Foundation officials. The public is invited to view the research posters and attend oral presentations.

"Experts say the United States will fall behind technologically in the
global community, will lose its status as a world leader in science and technology research and development, and will not have citizens who are trained to replace the baby-boomers who are leaving industry and academia," says Dr. Bobby Wilson, L. Lloyd Woods Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and acting president of Texas Southern University who serves as
co-principal investigator of HLSAMP along with Dr. John Bear, dean of Natural Science and Mathematics at the University of Houston.

 "The Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation Program is
directly addressing those disparities and is increasing demand for high technology workers."

The primary goal of the Houston LSAMP, propelled by a partnership among the National Science Foundation, the University of Houston, Texas Southern University, Texas State University, Rice University, the University of Houston-Downtown, the University of Houston-Victoria, the Houston Community College System, the San Jacinto College District, the Houston IndependentSchool District, and numerous corporations, is to significantly increase, within five years, the number of minority students earning baccalaureate degrees each year in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields from the participating universities and prepare them for entry to graduate programs.

More than 600 students from Texas Southern University, University of Houston, University of Houston-Downtown, Rice University, Texas State University, Houston Community College System, San Jacinto Junior College, Cornell University, University of Hawaii, University of Iowa, California State University, Fullerton, Vanderbilt University, University of Nebraska, University of Michigan, Colorado State University, University of Arkansas, Arizona State University, Norfolk State University, City University of New York, Medgar Evers College, Hunter College, and a host of other universities and colleges. The lead academic sponsor of the research conference is Rice University. Other sponsors include the National Science
Foundation; Texas Southern University; BP; Marathon; University of Houston; and Shell Oil Co. For more information, call 713-313-4278.