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The Texas A&M International University Summer Research Bootcamp was created to help undergraduate students develop foundational knowledge and skills for research, to encourage them to consider graduate school. Graduate students were also allowed to attend the bootcamp if desired. All students were assigned a mentor to work with them on their research projects which ranged from subjects such as biology, to environmental science, to business, and to public health, among others. As well as working with mentors, all students completed exercises teaching them the R data management and statistical package. The bootcamp concluded with a session where all students presented their projects to the entire team.

 

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Dr. Fenton’s YouTube Welcome Video

 

Completing the Application

 

Applications for the 2021 ARC Summer Bootcamp are now open!

 

Online Application

 

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out the Program Manager, Cindy Villarreal at cindy.villarreal@tamiu.edu or 956.326.2499

 

 

 

The Agenda Will Include:

  • Overview of scientific method & research 
  • Review of data types & basic statistics 
  • CV/Resume Writing 
  • Critical assessment of journal articles
  • Assessing quality of evidence 
  • Ethics in publishing
  • Writing a biographical statement 
  • Drafting a research question 
  • Work on research project and present

 

 

2020 BOOTCAMP COHORT

 

Feedback from the mentors included suggestions for improvement including earlier assignment of the students and being more directive with the exercises for the students. Overall, the mentors believed the bootcamp was a great structured opportunity for faculty and students to work together. A majority (more than 80%) of the student participants agreed or strongly agreed that the various topics covered in the bootcamp helped them. One stated “I love all the information and learning we were able to obtain throughout the course…” TAMIU was pleased with the bootcamp and hopes to repeat it in future summers.

 

Students

 

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alicia_segovia

Alicia Segovia

cynthia_san_miguel

Cynthia San Miguel

jenna_arsuaga

Jenna Arsuaga

joseph_villarreal

Joseph Villarreal

katherine_carrera

Katherine Carrera

norma_garcia

Norma Garcia

prakash_aryal

Prakash Aryal

richard_esqueda

Richard Esqueda

sandra_garza

Sandra Garza

mary-newton 

Mary Newton

sugam_pokharel

Sugam Pokharel

 

 

Student Participants (not pictured): Richard Almedia, Maria Fernandez Astrain, Bertha L. Gallegos, Saliha Garcia, Aleah Gonzalez, Madeline Kilburn, Marshall Moncivais, Alejandra Pena, Daniela E. Ruiz, Jesus A. Sanchez, Rachel E. Simon, Paola Vidal, Luisa Villarreal, Melissa Villarreal

 

Mentors

 

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anwen_yin

Dr. Anwen Yin

arthur_soto-vasquez

Dr. Arthur Soto-Vasquez

audrey_choh

Dr. Audrey Choh

deepak_ganta

Dr. Deepak Ganta

fei_luo

Dr. Fei Luo

honwei_wang

Dr. Honwei Wang

janamanchi_balaji

Dr. Janamanchi Balaji

jared_dmello

Dr. Jared Dmello

kenneth_tobin

Dr. Kenneth Tobin

miryoung_lee

Dr. Miryoung Lee

monica_mendez

Dr. Monica Mendez

susan_fenton

Dr. Susan Fenton

dr.desi-vasquez

Dr. Desi Vasquez

dr.kameronjorgensen

Dr. Kameron Jorgensen

marcusynalvez

Dr. Marcus Ynalvez

monica-munoz

Dr. Monica Munoz

mustafa-al-lail

Dr. Mustafa Al-Lail

 

 

Mentors (not pictured): Dr. Jacqueline Mayfield, Dr. Milton Mayfield

TAMIU ARC 2020 Summer Research Bootcamp

 

Student Presentations
Student Mentor Presentation Title
Richard Almedia Dr. Audrey Choh Too Little or Too Much Sleep Influences Mental Health: Depressive Symptoms
Jenna Arsuaga  Dr. Munoz Empathy Focused Interventions 
Prakash Aryal Dr. Jorgensen Thermochemical Properties of Cyclic and Caged Nitrogen Containing Explosives: HMX, RDX, and Their Derivaties
Maria Astrain Dr. Audrey Choh Hypertension and the New Guidelines
Katherine Carrera Dr. Hongwei Wang The Effect of Music on Exercise Performance
Richard Esqueda Dr. Ynalvez Suicide Acceptability Among the Hispanic Population
Saliha Garcia Dr. Luo How Does Social Media Time Consumption Impact Student's Mental Health 
Norma Garcia  Dr. S.K. Cho Analyzing the Relationship Between Menopause and Heart Disease
Sandra V. Garza  Dr. Dmello Just One of the Guys'?: An Examination of Women's Portrayal in Scholarly Gang-Related Research 
Aleah Gonzalez Dr. Mendez Heterotrophic Bacterial Growth in Soil Microcosms Irrigated with Varying Triclosan Concentrations
Jessica Hernandez  Dr. Soto-Vasquez COVID-19 : Contextualizing Transitional Misinformation Flows in U.S. Latina/o/x Border Communities (Media and Communication during COVID-19
Madeline Kilburn Dr. Fenton Sociodemographic Factors Related to Fetal Deaths in the United States 
Marshal Moncivais Dr. Al Lail Resource Access Within A Generalized Spatio-Temporal Role-Based Access Control Mode
Mary Newton Dr. S.K. Cho Factors That Influence Depression in Hispanic Dementia Caregivers
Alejandra Pena Dr. Jorgensen Breaking Bonds: A Theoretical Study of Bromine Halocarbons
Sugam Pokharel Dr. Tobin Determining Relation Between Coccidioidomycosis (Valley Fever) and Soil Moisture Conditions of Arizona and California Using SMERGE
Daniella Ruiz Dr. Miryoung Lee The Predictability of Irregular Periods
Cynthia San Miguel Dr. Hongwei Wang Sex Differences in Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors
Jesus A. Sanchez Dr. Ganta Analysis on COVID-19 Using Support Vector Machine
Alicia Segovia  Dr. Fenton COVID-19 Deaths by Race, Ethnicity, and Age
Rachel Simon Dr. Dmello Predictors of Terrorism in the United States: An Exploratory Analysis
Paola Vidal Dr. Miryoung Lee Testing the Association Between Sarcopenia and Telomere Length
Joseph Villarreal Drs. Mayfield Examining Motivating Language (ML) Theory within Public and Private University's Mission Statements
Melissa Villarreal Dr. Desi Vasquez The Relationship Between Age and Friendship in Men
Luisa Villarreal Dr. Monica Munoz The Relationship Between the Dark Triad and Consideration of Future Consequence

 

BOOTCAMP PRESENTATIONS & PUBLICATIONS

 

Soto-Vásquez, A.D., Gonzalez, A., Shi, W., Garcia, N., Hernandez, J. In Review. COVID-19: Contextualizing Transnational Misinformation Flows in a U.S. Latinx Border Community. Paper in Howard Journal of Communications, Special Issue on Media and Communication during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Tobin, K.J., Pokharel, S., Bennett, M.E., 2020. Discerning Relationships between Coccidioidomycosis (Valley Fever), Root Zone Soil Moisture, and El Nino Southern Oscillation in California and Arizona, Presentation at Fall Meeting American Geophysical Union, Virtual Meeting, December 1-17.,p.


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