SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS
RENOVATION, RETENTION AND RESEARCH PROGRAM
(SMR3
)

Through the Science and Mathematics Renovation, Retention and Research (SMR³) program, community college students who plan to major in chemistry, biology or mathematics at OLLU participate in an academic enrichment and undergraduate program and earn a stipend of up to $5,000. The program is funded by the Department of Education under the Strengthening Educational Opportunities for Hispanic Serving Institutions.

This summer, students participated in both programs:
  • the Research Program for upper-class undergraduate students, and
  • the Summer Enrichment Program open to current science and mathematics majors.

See photos below from both group's experiences and visit the Application Page to learn more about the SMR3 Program and to download application materials.

More photos and student comments will be added soon!



SUMMER RESEARCH GROUP:

WORKING IN THE LAB:
Led by Charles A. Smith, PhD,

Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemistry

Alejandrina Rivera
Research Topic:
Benzene production in
commercial beverages

 
Gerry Ayala
Research Topic:

Chemical analysis of
electronic
cigarette smoke

Ashley Garza
Research Topic:

Contaminant Analysis
of Fish Oil





SUMMER ENRICHMENT GROUP:

 OFF-CAMPUS TRIPS


Oakdell Pharmacy:
Met Pharmacist Jeff Carson who spoke about the unique services his pharmacy offers, like compounding medicines and administering medications to animals

San Antonio Zoo:
Gathered research about different animals
Southwest Research Institute:
Met with scientists, toured the GeoChemistry Lab and Corrosion Lab, learned about different chemistry jobs





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