Student, Faculty Research Project Focuses on Training of Future Scientists in East Asia

Article ID: 603625

Released: 29-May-2013 2:00 PM EDT

Source Newsroom: Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR)

Newswise — Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), Science of Science and Innovation Policy (SciSIP), the research project, “Transmission of Tacit Skills in East Asian Graduate Science Programs,” is lead by TAMIU faculty members, Dr. Marcus Ynalvez, assistant professor of sociology; Dr. Ruby Ynalvez, assistant professor of biology and Dr. John Kilburn, professor of sociology and associate dean of research. They will be joined by a group of graduate and undergraduate students in the natural and the social sciences as student researchers from May to July.

Graduate sociology students Maria Del Rosario Benavides and Jorge Aviles, along with undergraduates Jessica Chandarlis, Selina Fuentes, Enrique Ramírez and Alvaro Sánchez will conduct research in their assigned countries.

Dr. Marcus Ynalvez said the group will survey professors and doctoral students in the chemical sciences to learn how doctoral students are being trained and mentored in the assigned countries.

“This is a good research opportunity for students as they get exposure to international research, training experience, develop contacts and meet other professors abroad,” Dr. Ynalvez said, “They will also learn all the research skills we want them to learn especially in the sociology of science and technology.”

Research students were chosen after their respective professors nominated them for interview, Dr. Ynalvez said.

“The expectation is that they will help us manage surveys abroad and each of them will also write a research experience journal to be submitted to the NSF and write journal articles,” he said.

He said he feels the group is fortunate to have the opportunity to travel abroad and conduct research internationally.

“This research mentoring experience will help them in their future professional careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics,” he said.

TAMIU is a member of the Council on Undergraduate Research.

Located on the US-México border, TAMIU is a primarily Hispanic-serving, State-assisted institution founded in 1970. It joined The Texas A&M University System in 1989. Its 300-acre campus is located in northeast Laredo on former ranchland and is home to over 7000 students from around the world.

The University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees in the arts and sciences, business, education and nursing and maintains a special focus on developing an international academic agenda for the State of Texas.

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Asia Bound!

A group of 9 Texas A&M International University faculty members and students will travel to East Asia this summer to conduct research funded by the National Science Foundation. Pictured left to right (front row) are faculty members Dr. John Kilburn, Dr. Ruby Ynalvez, and Dr. Marcus Ynalvez. Pictured in the back row are TAMIU students: Alvaro Sánchez, Jorge Luís Aviles, María Del Rosario Benavides, Jessica Denise Chandarlis, Selina Fuentes, and Enrique Ramírez.

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