UHD Student Research Conference Set for April 12
By Mike Emery
Undergraduate research has many benefits for students. It provides them with learning experiences and preparation for graduate studies and professional careers. It also offers an opportunity to publicly showcase projects addressing a range of real-world topics.
This week, the University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) will spotlight undergraduate research on campus during the 18th annual Scholars Academy Student Research Conference (SRC). The event, sponsored by CITGO, will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 12 in UHD’s Wilhelmina Cullen Robertson Auditorium. It will feature oral and poster presentations, and include remarks from members of Houston’s STEM community.
Students from each of UHD’s five colleges (Sciences & Technology, Humanities & Social Sciences, Public Service, University College and Marilyn Davies College of Business) will participate in this event, and 88 projects (focused on research and high impact practices) will be presented.
The conference has become an anticipated event for the University and the Scholars Academy. Presentations delivered at the event represent mentored research at UHD. Projects were overseen by students with guidance from faculty. According to Dr. Mary Jo Parker, executive director of UHD’s Scholars Academy, the projects presented at this event will ultimately help students evolve both academically and professionally.
“Those undergraduates who participate in mentored research followed by presentations at the SRC truly participate in an early version of graduate research,” Parker said. “Undergraduates are encouraged to know their own levels of competence and gain the confidence needed to complete their undergraduate degrees and either enter advanced post-baccalaureate programs or join the workforce.”
The event’s keynote speakers are:
- Dr. Miriam M. Morales, associate vice president of Data Science for Memorial Hermann Hospital System, Clinical Transformation
- Dr. Yolanda J. Rios, director of Multilingual/Title III/Migrant for New Caney Independent School District.
Both Morales and Rios also are proud UHD alumni. Brandon Thomas, senior lubes compliance specialist at CITGO, also will deliver remarks.
The Student Research Conference is just one initiative of UHD’s Scholars Academy. The Academy promotes scholarship and student success for the University's undergraduate students majoring in STEM disciplines. The Academy encourage enhanced learning experiences through smaller classes, modern labs, hands-on experience, and flexible course options. Students also explore STEM topics through research activities and community engagement initiatives.
The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD)—the second largest university in Houston—has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974.
As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive four-year university led by Dr. Juan Sánchez Muñoz. Annually, UHD educates more than 14,000 students; boasts over 50,000 alumni and offers 44 bachelor’s and eight master’s degree programs within five colleges (Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service, Sciences & Technology; and University College). In 2018, UHD grew its First Time in College student population by 11 percent and transfer students by 14 percent.
UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston. It also is ranked among 15 U.S. universities with lowest net price to students (according to the U.S. Department of Education). The University is noted nationally as both a Hispanic-Serving Institution and a Minority-Serving Institution. For more on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit www.uhd.edu.