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STEM + Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Research Symposium 2022: Program Agenda


Welcome to the Annual STEM + Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Research Symposium! Open to the MDC community, this collegewide event aims to promote scholarship and research through STEM and interdisciplinary collaborations. The goal of this annual symposium is to provide an opportunity for “future scholars” to share their explorations, discoveries, and reflections with their peers and the broader academic public. The symposium features poster sessions, discussions sessions, and oral presentations.

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Welcome Address

Dr. Victor Okafor, Dean, School of Science


Campus President Introduction

Dario Ayala, MDC Student



Fermin Vazquez, President, North Campus


Executive Vice President and Provost Introduction

Dunnel Fennell, MDC Student


Provost's Address

Dr. Malou Harrison, Executive Vice President and Provost


Keynote Speaker Introduction

Jacqueline Valiente, MDC Student


Keynote Address

Dr. Luis Echegoyen, Robert A. Welch Chair Professor of Chemistry, University of Texas at El Paso, Past President, American Chemical Society


Oral Presentations by Discipline

Bryan Aguilar, Mathematics & Statistics
Anna Caro Perez,
Biological & Life Sciences  
Meredith Delatorre,
Physical Sciences
Melanie Gavilanes,
Biological & Life Sciences
Reanna Thomas,
Biological & Life Sciences
Noah Garcia,
Social Sciences & Humanities
Nicole Viloria, Social Sciences & Humanities

Moderator: Professor Juan Carlos Catala, Faculty


Poster Presentations

Interactive Sessions


School of Science Awards

Dr. Victor Okafor, Dean, School of Science