South Texas I.S.D. and UTPA students to participate in HESTEC Science Symposium events
Posted: 09/17/2007
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Students from The University of Texas-Pan American and South Texas Independent School District high schools will participate in the Science and Engineering Symposium during the sixth annual Hispanic Engineering, Science and Technology (HESTEC) Week Sept. 24-29.

The symposium, scheduled Monday, Sept. 24, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. in the UTPA Engineering Building, is titled "Explorations in Science and Engineering" and will feature national and international science researchers, including Dr. Eloy Rodriguez, a UTPA alumnus and chemical biologist and medicinal biochemist at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. Other distinguished speakers are John Hofmeister, president, Shell Oil and Dr. Zuleyma Tang Martinez, professor, Department of Biology at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and visiting mentor for UTPA's National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program.

Pictured are HESTEC Science Symposium Planning Committee members. Rear left to right are Dr. Arturo Fuentes, professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering; Dr. Ed LeMaster, dean, College of Science and Engineering; Dr. Hashim Mahdi, chair and professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering; Dr. Zen Faulkes, professor, Department of Biology; Dr. Mircea Chipara, professor, Department of Physics and Geology; and Dr. Bimal Banik, Presidential Endowed Professor, Science and Engineering and professor of chemistry, Department of Chemistry. Front left to right are Gloria Gilpatrick, dean's office, College of Science and Engineering; Christie Cantu, development officer, University Advancement; and Yvette Padilla, HESTEC co-director.
Students interested in careers in biomedical science and research including biology, chemistry, physics, biochemistry, engineering, premed, pre-dental and pre-vet will also have the opportunity to participate in The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Roundtable Discussion on Careers in Biomedical Science and Research. The panel will be led by two nationally and internationally recognized cancer researchers - Dr. Robin Fuchs-Young and Dr. Irma Gimenez-Conti, both associate professors of carcinogenesis at the UT M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Science Park Research Division.

The symposium additionally promotes awareness of opportunities in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) careers by holding a scientific poster competition highlighting research by high school, undergraduate and graduate students. The community is invited to view participating posters in the UTPA Engineering Building during HESTEC Community Day, 4-10 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 29.

The HESTEC Science Symposium assists the University in developing, enhancing and promoting the University's research and educational capabilities and environment. HESTEC provides opportunities for Hispanic students, their families, and the community to gain knowledge about graduate school programs and science and engineering professional careers.

"Through HESTEC and the Science Symposium, the community gains knowledge in research and education, yielding and increasing student awareness in the area of research as well as career development in their respective fields. Both HESTEC and the symposium bring a unique approach of attracting and cultivating partnerships and relationships that are critical to the advancement of UTPA," said Dr. Ed LeMaster, dean of the College of Science and Engineering.

For additional information, contact Dr. Hashim Mahdi, Science Symposium chair, at 956/381-2381 or Christie Cantu, development officer, Division of University Advancement and Science Symposium coordinator at 956/381-3665 or e-mail