Howard Hughes Undergraduate Program Holds Student Research Days at Texas Tech University

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LUBBOCK – Students from five undergraduate research programs at Texas Tech will make 66 presentations on their research projects during the Ninth Annual TTU Student Research Days 2006.

The event will be 2-4 p.m. Friday (April 7) in the Croslin Room of the Texas Tech Library, located at 15th Street and Boston Avenue.

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute Undergraduate Science Education Program at Texas Tech will sponsor the event. Undergraduate student researchers from Sigma Xi, the Honors College, McNair Scholars Program, the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources and the Howard Hughes program will participate.

“Student Research Days is an event designed to showcase undergraduate students’ ongoing research projects,” said Diana Fabing, HHMI program coordinator. “Other than presenting at TTU Student Research Days, students often publish in peer-review journals and present their research at national and international scientific meetings.”

Texas Tech is the only university in Texas with an active grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. The HHMI program allows students to work side-by-side with faculty research scientists. The grants provide students with new opportunities in research and hands-on science projects.

The $6.3 million received by Texas Tech from HHMI in 1992, 1994, 1998 and 2002 is the most received by any Texas institution, the second largest by a Big 12 institution and ranks 13th in the nation among research universities.

Dr. John M. Burns, TTU/HHMI program director, started the program in 1992. He will retire shortly after the event.


CONTACT: Diana Fabing, coordinator of Howard Hughes Medical Institute Undergraduate Science Education Program, (806) 742-2883 ext. 2, or