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  • Spotlight on undergraduate research

    Published: April 11, 2011
    Spotlight

    Research Week showcases the exciting work of undergraduates across campus and highlights opportunities for students interested in getting involved. Co-sponsored by the Senate of College Councils and the School of Undergraduate Studies, Research Week takes place April 11-15 this year. To celebrate undergraduate research and creative activity, we’re highlighting profiles of student researchers.

    Jose Ybarra
    Major: Human Biology
    Research Topic: Nerve Regeneration and Cellular Migration
    Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Christine E. Schmidt, Department of Biomedical Engineering

    “Discovering an underground network of scientists and engineers who shared my passions was an immensely rewarding and exciting experience.” — Jose Ybarra

    Briefly describe your research project.

    We investigate the effects of electrical stimulation through an electrically conductive substrate on Schwann cell migration, morphological differentiation and behavioral patterns.

    What was your favorite part of your research experience?

    I enjoyed meeting and talking to people who share my interest in research. Discovering an underground network of scientists and engineers who shared my passions was an immensely rewarding and exciting experience.

    What surprised you during the research process?

    I was surprised to discover how easy it is to become a part of the research world. Most professors are extremely eager to get new students interested in research, and many take great pride in teaching students in their lab.

    How has participating in research affected your undergraduate experience?

    Working in a research lab setting completely changed the way I viewed my educational experience. What was once a static classroom existence instantly became a dynamic world of discovery.

    How do you think getting involved in research will be helpful to you in the future?

    Research has helped to nurture my critical thinking and problem-solving skills. I don’t think that I would have mastered these skills so aptly had it not been for research, and I know they will be enormous assets in the future.

    What advice would you give incoming students about getting involved in research?

    Do it.

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      frank ybarra jr (dad) said on May 26, 2011 at 8:01 p.m.
      trey i am very proud of you you have worked so hard for this and you deserve it love you dad. ps. keep reaching for the stars, but keep your feet on the ground.
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      Adela Sanchez said on April 14, 2011 at 7:24 p.m.
      Great. I have a degree in Biology I think is great you are getting an early start in research keep it up for the rest of your life
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      Patricia Toland said on April 13, 2011 at 10:15 p.m.
      My mad scientist friend, Marcos and I are very proud. Keep doing what you love and no matter what your humble mind thinks... You truly deserve it!
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      Mary Ann Saenz said on April 13, 2011 at 6:50 p.m.
      Trey, I always knew you would acheive greatness! Here in Robstown, we are very proud of you! I hope you continue to do great things and make us proud. I love you!
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      Chala Ybarra said on April 13, 2011 at 6:44 p.m.
      Keep up the good work & go for it! Love Tia Chala
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      Mary Ann Saenz said on April 13, 2011 at 6:43 p.m.
      Trey, I always knew you would acheive great things. From all of us in Robstown, we are very proud of you. Keep up the good work. I love you!
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      Rita Saenz said on April 13, 2011 at 6:40 p.m.
      Great job Trey! Your making the whole family proud. I can't wait to see you graduate, and move on to another college! We love you! - Your Cousin Rita
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      yolanda ybarra said on April 12, 2011 at 6:15 p.m.
      awesome ybarra grandson doing research to help humankind
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      tony said on April 12, 2011 at 9:47 a.m.
      TREY! proud of you bro! keep it up man
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