UTSA hosts student tours as part of SACNAS science conference

UTSA lab tour
UTSA lab tour

Top photo: SACNAS student members visit the UTSA Visualization Laboratory.
Bottom photo: Colleen Witt, UTSA assistant professor of research in the UTSA Center for Research and Training in the Sciences, talks to students about 3-D imaging.
(Photos by Kris Rodriguez)

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(Oct. 3, 2013) -- The University of Texas at San Antonio College of Sciences and College of Engineering showcased some of the research laboratories this morning for student members attending the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) conference this week at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.

One hundred and sixty-five students from across the country and Puerto Rico had the opportunity to see the College of Sciences biophotonics laboratory, which provides 3-D imaging cellular analysis. The students also viewed one of the most powerful electron microscopes in physics.

Additionally, the students toured the Recreation and Wellness Center and the College of Engineering robotics and Advanced Visualization laboratories.

According to 21-year-old Sophia Campos, a senior at the University of California, San Diego, majoring in cognitive science with a concentration in neuroscience, "I have actually worked with virtual reality before, so being able to see equipment that is more up-to-date then what I have used was very nice and in a fun environment as well."

The tour wrapped up with a lunch in the University Center Ballroom, where UTSA Provost John Frederick provided words of encouragement for them to continue to pursue graduate degrees to help fill a critical need in the nation. Frederick quoted the latest figures from the National Center for Education Statistics that state traditionally only two percent of Hispanics earn doctoral degrees.