February 23, 2011
Written by Audrey Rickel
Zev Friedman and Jess Lees at the State Capitol.
Texas Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol gave two undergraduate researchers from Texas Tech an opportunity to present their research findings to the public and legislature.
Undergraduate researchers Jess Lees, a senior microbiology major, and Zev Friedman, a math and computer science dual major, were chosen to attend the event.
Undergraduate researchers underwent an application process to attend the research day that included both quality of research and desire to represent Texas Tech during the event. The research had to be broken down into simple terms in order to present it in a way the general public could understand.
"To quote Albert Einstein," Lees said, "If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it enough."
Lees' research consists of studying metastasis of cancer cells, the spread of cells from the original tumor to a distant location in the body.
Lees said it has been the many mentors he has worked with at Texas Tech that have really helped him with his research.
"They have been a great support system for me."
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The Center for Undergraduate Research, recently established under the Office of the Provost, seeks to engage the university community in undergraduate research initiatives.
The center provides support and funding for undergraduate students and faculty while developing innovative programs and activities to enhance undergraduate research at the university level and beyond. Undergraduates engaged through the center and its cohorts have the opportunity to apply concepts from their college courses to real life situations in order to further their creative achievement.