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Bobcat Faces: Saul Villarreal

Villarreal engineers success with
top honors at HENAAC Conference

By Catherine Harper

Saul Villareal, the first-place winner at the Oct. 8 Hispanic National Achievement Awards Conference (HENAAC).

Once in motion, the forces of knowledge can accelerate at an unstoppable speed. For Saul Villarreal, a Texas State industrial engineering student who captured first-place honors for his semiconductor research presentation at the Oct. 8 Hispanic Engineering National Achievement Awards Conference (HENAAC), an unbeatable drive continues to build momentum toward success.

Villarreal’s graduation from Texas State is set for December 2011; however, his passion for learning has not yet reached its finish. With his vigorous undergraduate experience behind him and charged career goals for the future, Villarreal’s ambitions are set to full speed.

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Spotlight: H-LSAMP Scholars Program

H-LSAMP guides star scholars
to shining achievement

Gabriel Hurtado and Miguel Cazares (from left to right) are scholars in the H-LSAMP program.

By Catherine Harper

For more than 12 years, the Houston-Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (H-LSAMP) Scholars Program in the College of Science and Engineering at Texas State University has helped students establish careers in scientific and technical fields. For Gabriel Hurtado and Miguel Cazares, scholars in the program and seniors at Texas State, H-LSAMP has led to a world of opportunity.

“I’ve learned that [H-LSAMP] is about diversity,” says Cazares. “It’s about all the diverse people that go into technical fields, and the many opportunities that are there.”

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Spotlight: Amanda Duran

Decoding diseases drives
first-generation grad to doctorate

Amanda Duran

By Billi London-Gray

Biochemist. Microbiologist. Scholar. First-generation college student. However you describe her, Amanda Duran exemplifies how hard work and a strong support system can put a student’s highest ambitions within reach.

“Amanda is an excellent student and an outstanding role model for women pursuing careers in science and engineering,” says Susan Romanella, director of the Houston-Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Scholars Program (H-LSAMP) in Texas State University’s College of Science. “Her success also stands as a testament to the stellar education and experiences she has pursued while at Texas State.”

Duran, a brand-new graduate of Texas State, majored in biochemistry with a minor in psychology. And she says she came to San Marcos knowing exactly what she wanted. Continue reading

Spotlight: Krissy Vasquez

Through NASA and scholars program,
the sky is no limit for Vasquez

Krissy Vasquez

By Billi London-Gray

Krissy Vasquez has been a standout student throughout her college career. But for the electrical engineering senior at Texas State University, success is secondary to the rewards of simply enjoying her work.

“I just like to think, design and build,” she says.

Vasquez says choosing her college and career path was not difficult; her father and two aunts attended Texas State. Thanks to an exceptional opportunity in high school, choosing her major also was a no-brainer.

“I discovered my major while working on a NASA experiment,” she says. “I was doing engineering before engineering was my major.” Continue reading

Happenings: STEaMbowl

College of Science announces first annual STEaMbowl competition

Knowledge is power. Every college student believes this axiom of education. But this month, for five Texas State students, knowledge will become prize money, too.

The Texas State University College of Science will hold its first STEaMbowl competition Thursday, April 21, from 6-9 p.m. in Centennial Hall, room G01. Similar in style to “Jeopardy,” STEaMbowl is a single-elimination quiz competition. The winning team will receive $250. Continue reading