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The University of Texas at Tyler Excels at National Conferences

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October 12, 2017

Media Contact:  Hannah Buchanan
Public Affairs Specialist
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The University of Texas at Tyler mathematics department has made the national spotlight for its outstanding undergraduate student researchers.

Senior mathematics major Vincent Villalobos of Tyler won an Outstanding Student Presentation Award at the 2017 National Math Fest Conference. He presented "Morita Equivalence for Groupoids of Directed Graphs." Dr. Scott LaLonde served as his faculty adviser.

In addition, senior mathematics major Yansy Perez of Tyler placed second in the 2017 University of Texas System Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Research Conference. She was recognized in the engineering, mathematics and physics poster competition for her research titled, "The Structure of the Inverse Semigroup of Self-Similar Graph Actions." Dr. David Milan served as her faculty adviser.

"We as a department are so proud of these students and their success at the national level," said The University of Texas at Tyler mathematics professor Dr. Katherine Anders. "Their success is also a testament to the high quality of their education and the individualized attention they've received from our outstanding mathematics faculty."

Both students participated in this year's LSAMP Summer Research Academy, where individual research projects are prepared under the supervision of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics faculty in The University of Texas at Tyler Colleges of Arts and Sciences and Engineering. The academy, sponsored by the National Science Foundation, encourages underrepresented student populations at the undergraduate level to pursue STEM fields.

One of the 14 campuses of the UT System, The University of Texas at Tyler features excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 80 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at The University of Texas at Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 10,000 high-ability students. The University of Texas at Tyler offers courses at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine as well as a location in Houston.

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