The 5th Annual Undergrad Summer Research Symposium

The School of Science, Technology, and Engineering Management hosted it's 5th Annual Undergraduate Summer Research Symposium. This is a unique opportunity for talented undergraduate students, to experience hands-on research in ten research laboratories alongside their professors.
 
This program is geared towards minorities and first generation college students in response to the shortage of minorities studying and working in the science field. The hands-on research experience places them in an excellent position to gain entrance into graduate, or professional Schools, or to directly enter the workforce in South Florida. Most students do not have this research opportunity until they reach graduate school. 
 
The Summer Research Institute is a growing initiative that reached a record of 100 undergraduate students and 13 participating professors.



Program Agenda

8.00 - 9.25 Registration, Breakfast and Poster Setup. Judges meet in room CCL111
Carnival Cruise Lines Building and Grace and Rodger Shay Terrace 


9.25 - 9.30
Invocation by Rev. Dr. A. Cioffi, Associate Dean of Science


9.30 - 9.40
Comments by Dr. G. Chan, Provost                       


9.40 - 9.50
Comments by Monsignor F. Casale, President


9.50 - 10.00
Opening address by Dr. W. Steelant, Dean of Science
 

Session 1: Science Panel: Dr. A. Varela, Dr. P. Maul, Dr. J. Abdirkin, Dr. A. Cioffi

10.00 - 10.20
STU Organic Garden: Creating a Setting for Applied Field Studies
Misdraji J. , Vergara K., Bruceta  M., Pendola T., Ramos S., Vazquez C., Valentin V., Herdocia K., de Souza L., Stervil J.J., Facey F., Amedee G., Mai A., Varela A., Maul P.
St. Thomas University, School of Science, Technology and Engineering Management, Miami Gardens, FL


10.20 - 10.40  
Identification of Invasive Plants at the Genus and Species Level
Hamlin K., A. Cioffi
St. Thomas University, School of Science, Technology and Engineering Management, Miami Gardens, FL


10.40 - 11.00
An Exploration through Virtual Simulation of a Nerve Gas Agent Attack and Treatment of a Patient Using SimMan
Torino F., Rodriguez A., Del Risco J., Valentin D., Abdirkin J.
St. Thomas University, School of Science, Technology and Engineering Management, Miami Gardens, FL

11.00 - 11.20 Coffee Break; Grace and Rodger Shay Terrace


Session 2: Science Panel: Dr. J. Plunkett, Dr. S. Van slambrouck, Dr. L. Fernandez-Torres

11.20 - 11.40 Synthesis of Semiconductor Nanostructures through Novel Synthetic Methods
Thomas S., Distasio C., Robinson L., Saunders L., Fernandez-Torres L.C.
St. Thomas University, School of Science, Technology and Engineering Management, Miami Gardens, FL


11.40 - 12.00
Spatial Organization Directs Selective Signaling in Cancer Progressio,
Payan I.1, Deleye L.1, Vandervoort L.1, Kosyrikhina M.1, Steelant W.1, McDonnell S.2 and Van slambrouck S.1
1St. Thomas University, School of Science, Technology and Engineering Management, Miami Gardens FL
2 UCD School of Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.


12.00 - 12.20
Molecular Cloning of Zebrafish Myc-NeurocanB as a Substrate for in vitro Neurite Outgrowth Experiments
Valls A. 1, Lorenzo-Gonzalez A. 1, Arevalo J. 1, Ablan A. 1, Gomez H. 1, Tapanes-Castillo A. 1, Shabazz F. 1, Vajn K. 2, Oudega M. 2, Plunkett J. 1
1St. Thomas University, School of Science, Technology and Engineering Management, Miami Gardens, FL
2Departments of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Neurobiology, and Center for Neuroscience, University of Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA.


12.20 -1.40
Lunch, Posters for the Public
Grace and Rodger Shay Terrace and Carnival Cruise Lines Building


Session 3: Science Panel: Dr. A. Varela, Dr. A. Cioffi, Dr. Y. Guo
 

1.40 - 2.00 Measure of the Solar Irradiance at St. Thomas University
Metelus J., Cherisme S., Ciceron C., Cotin S., Hyacinthe B.E., Joseph E., Napoleon S., Roger L., Salvant D., Varela A.J.
St. Thomas University, School of Science, Technology and Engineering Management, Miami Gardens, FL


2.00 - 2.20
Principles of Tip-Over Stability Optimization
Andreani M.1, Torres L.1, Steelant W.1, Grow D.2
1St. Thomas University, School of Science, Technology and Engineering Management, Miami Gardens, FL
2New Mexico Tech, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Socorro, NM


2.20 - 2.40
Automatic Breast Cancer Segmentation Algorithm in Ultrasound Images Based on Adaptive Thresholding Approach
Cherry B., Luo Q., Wang L., Guo Y.
St. Thomas University, School of Science, Technology and Engineering Management, Miami Gardens, FL


3.00 - 4.30
Poster Session with Candidates
Carnival Cruise Lines Building


5.00
Award Ceremony and Closing remarks, Dean Wim Steelant
CCL101