Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

Peter Melendez

An Outstanding Islander

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Map Quest
It was by chance that geographic information science (GIS) major Peter Melendez encountered his area of study. The New Jersey native had plans to be an accountant, but when he attended the University's freshman orientation and was first introduced to GIS mapmaking, he immediately switched his major. The junior from Grapevine, Texas, won first place in the Life Sciences category at the 2009 Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation fifth annual Symposium. In the fall, he was invited to attend the 2008 Hands-On Future Tech Conference at the University of New Mexico and presented his research at the 2008 Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Latinos and Native Americans in Science Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. Melendez worked as an intern with Recon Surveys LLC, where he helped conduct seismic surveys in Texas and Arkansas. In February he was awarded a $5,000 scholarship by the Texas Hispanic Serving Institutions Consortium. Currently, he's working with biologist John Froeschke at the Harte Research Institute on creating a geographic information system to help assist in modeling shark distribution patterns along the Texas Coast.

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