February 21, 2011
Written by Audrey Rickel
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,” Lees said.
Friedman’s research is on the issues of data consistency related to web-service, such as an online shopping site which accesses services provided by different companies for credit card verification and charging, as well as shipping.
Friedman said networking is the best thing about going to research conferences; getting to meet other undergraduate researchers and observe what they have been working on.
The extensive research both Lees and Friedman have conducted at Texas Tech have inspired them for their future. Lees plans to enter the medical field, and Friedman is planning to work toward a master’s degree, most likely in mathematics.
Texas Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol highlights how research conducted by undergraduate students positively impacts Texas and Texans. The program showcases the experience of undergraduate researchers for Texas legislators and the public through high-quality poster presentations.
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Contact: Jeannie Diaz, director of the center of undergraduate research, Texas Tech University, firstname.lastname@example.org, or (806) 742-1389.