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Posted: 2/25/21

TAMIU Students Participate in Statewide Virtual Undergraduate Research Day


Dr. Mustafa Al Lail
Dr. Mustafa Al Lail  

Three undergraduate students from Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) were invited to virtually attend a statewide research initiative showcasing their endeavors.

Students Marshal Moncivais, Miguelangel Treviño, and Carlos Delgado crafted a virtual academic poster as part of the Texas Undergraduate Research Day, held online Feb. 23 - 24. Throughout the two-day virtual event, their poster presentation was showcased on the Texas Undergraduate Research Day website. Currently, their full abstract is available for viewing at

The students were under the faculty supervision of Dr. Mustafa Al Lail, TAMIU assistant professor of Computer Science and Engineering, School of Engineering.

TAMIU president Dr. Pablo Arenaz congratulated the students and faculty supervisor for their accomplishment and said their selection underscores the University’s commitment to faculty-student research collaboration.

“I congratulate our students on their selection for this statewide research recognition. This type of faculty-student research collaboration is a distinction of our undergraduate program here. These opportunities are a core element in our Strategic Plan that focuses on creating a transdisciplinary and collaborative research environment that fosters discovery, educates our students and community, and generates substantive solutions for a changing global society,”  Dr. Arenaz said.

This year’s undergraduate research theme, “Transforming Texas Through Undergraduate Research” highlighted students engaged in research for Texas legislators and the public, and how it positively impacts the state. 

The participating TAMIU students submitted their abstract and poster presentation titled, “Software for Incorporating Time and Location into Access Control Decisions” which was formulated under the faculty supervision of Dr. Al Lail.

Their virtual poster presentation described the increasing dependency on digital technology and the importance of incorporating data security. The research examines a concept known as the Generalized Spatio-Temporal Role-Based Access Control (GSTRBAC) model that determines user access to resources based on time and location information. The research described software architecture and its current implementation of the GSTRBAC model using state-of-art software development technologies.

Sixty student entries from 47 Texas-based institutions of higher education were represented at this year’s Texas Undergraduate Research Day. Other university participants included all Texas A&M University System schools, the University of Texas at Austin, St. Edward’s University, Texas Tech University, Texas State University, University of Houston, among others. 

This year’s Undergraduate Research Day was organized through the Council of Public University Presidents and Chancellors, as well as Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas, Inc. Virtual technology and support services were provided by UT- Austin’s Office of Undergraduate Research and School of Undergraduate Studies.

For more information, contact Al Lail via email at

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TAMIU students (from left to right) Marshal Moncivais, Miguelangel Treviño, and Carlos Delgado participated in this year's Texas Undergraduate Research Day.