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Three Students Receive Awards at National Conference

October 30, 2012


CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Three students from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi received awards at the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) national conference held October 11–14 in Seattle, Wash.

The awards are:


  • Heather Anderson: a biology graduate student, received the Best Oral Presentation Award for her paper titled “In Vitro Cold Plasma Treatment Inducing Apoptosis in Acute Myeloid Leukemia Cancer Cells.”
  • Eduardo Valdes: mechanical engineering major, received the Best Poster Presentation Award for his paper titled “Surface Modification of Polyurethane Sheets using an Atmospheric Pressure RF Plasma Jet in Helium/Oxygen Gas Mixture.”
  • Cori Speights: a biology and mathematics major received the Undergraduate Student Presentations Award from the Botanical Society of America for her paper titled “Seed Production of Summer and Winter-Active Helianthus on the Gulf Coast.”

Anderson and Valdes are from the Plasma Engineering Research Lab (PERL) led by Dr. Magesh Thiyagarajan. Speights is a member of the Islander SEEDS, which is under the direction of Dr. David Grisé.

The SACNAS, the largest annual conference of minority scientists in the nation, is dedicated to helping all minority scientists, from college students to professionals, attain advanced degrees, careers, and leadership positions in science.

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