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Christopher Hernandez to Represent University at ‘Texas Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol’

April 11, 2013

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Christopher Hernandez, a senior chemistry major at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, has been selected to represent the University at the “Texas Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol” on Friday, April 26, in Austin, Texas.

The event is designed to showcase the experiences of undergraduate students engaged in research for Texas legislators and the public through high-quality poster presentations. The program will highlight how research conducted by undergraduate students positively impacts Texans and Texas with the theme, “Transforming Texas through Undergraduate Research.”

Participants and their faculty research advisors will have the opportunity to tour the Capitol, and attend committee hearings and the daily meetings of the senate and House of Representatives.

Hernandez currently works in the research laboratories of Dr. Mark A. Olson, Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, in the area of molecular nanotechnology and molecular self-assembly.

More than 80 research poster projects will be presented reflecting the work of undergraduate students representing more than 50 academic institutions across Texas. The research day is coordinated by the Council of Public University Presidents and Chancellors (CPUPC), the Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas, Inc. (ICUT), and the Texas Association of Community Colleges (TACC). Only one student from each of the Texas public and independent colleges, universities, and health-science centers are selected to participate.

In March, Hernandez represented Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at a national competition at the University of Maryland, where he has been accepted into the Ph.D. Chemistry Program. Hernandez took top honors with a presentation titled “Thermodynamic Contributions to the Gibb’s Free Energy of Template-Directed Micellization,” which earned him the Dolphus E. Milligan Fellowship which carries a stipend of $30,000 a year and a 10-week research assistantship with the Chemical Science and Technology Laboratory at the National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST).

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