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ARCC Scholars to be Honored Wednesday at Rancho Viejo Event  
 
BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – APRIL 29, 2013 – Mauricio Flores, 22, has had the opportunity to play chess and perform research while studying at The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College.
UTB and TSC students Jacqueline Reser, Maurcio Flores, Khalid Kayal and Jose Martinez will be honored Wednesday night at the ARCC Scholar graduation ceremony in Rancho Viejo. Not pictured is Stephanie Cohen.
UTB and TSC students Jacqueline Reser, Maurcio Flores, Khalid Kayal and Jose Martinez will be honored Wednesday night at the ARCC Scholar graduation ceremony in Rancho Viejo. Not pictured is Stephanie Cohen.
Flores received a chess scholarship and in January 2010 was named an Arecibo Remote Command Center Scholar which enabled him to receive financial support to study physics.
 
“What I have enjoyed the most about the physics program has been the opportunity to interact with professors,” said Flores, a senior.
 
Flores will receive a bachelor’s degree in physics and a master’s degree in mathematics during the university’s Spring Commencement at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 11 on the Cardenas South Hall Lawn. He will attend the University of Minnesota this fall to work on a doctoral degree in applied mathematics.           
 
Flores is part of the second class of ARCC Scholars that will be honored at a ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 1 at Rancho Viejo Resort and Country Club.
 
Other students being honored at the ARCC event are:
  • Stephanie Cohen, 22, of Brownsville. She is a graduate of Pace High School and will graduate in December with bachelor’s degrees in physics and engineering physics – bioengineering. After graduation she wants to study biomedical engineering in graduate school.
  • Khalid Kayal, 22, of Brownsville. He graduated in 2009 from Los Fresnos High School and will receive a bachelor’s degree in physics in May. He will continue at UTB to work on a master’s degree in physics.
  • Jose Martinez, 22, of Brownsville. The Porter High School graduate will receive a bachelor’s degree in physics in May. He will continue to work on a master’s degree in physics at the university.
  • Jacqueline Reser, 23 of Fort Worth. The Fossil Ridge High School graduate will receive a bachelor’s degree in physics in December. She plans to work on a master’s degree in physics at the university.
When the students participate in Spring Commencement, it will make the university one of the top 10 academic programs nationally producing Hispanic physicists, said Dr. Fredrick A. Jenet, Associate Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy in the College of Science, Mathematics and Technology.
 
“The ARCC program is getting stronger and stronger,” said Jenet. “More students are interested in the program. With more students in the upper levels they can mentor. The program is getting more mature now.”
 
Speaking at the dinner will be Anne Chinnery, Director of Launch Operations and Safety for SpaceX in Hawthorne, Calif.
 
Wednesday, May 1 at Brownsville’s Veterans Memorial High School. 
 
For the first two years, all ARCC Scholars must participate in radio pulsar surveys in the Arecibo Remote Command Center that involve going through massive amounts of data from the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico and the Green Bank Radio Telescope in West Virginia. In their third year, students must be work on their own research projects supervised by a department faculty professor. At the same time, they graduate to “Team Leader” positions and mentor junior students. By their fourth year, they continue as team leaders and must submit a thesis of their research work to the department.
 
“We are very proud of the fact that we have an extraordinary program here at UTB that is developing radio astronomers that are taking us to a higher level of technology that will impact not only our region but our entire planet,” said Bertha Garza, First Vice President of the Executive and Marketing Division at the International Bank of Commerce in Brownsville and a member of the Friends of the ARCC. “This is happening here in Brownsville, in our backyard and that is worthy of sharing with our entire community and region.”
 
Event organizers are seeking corporate sponsorships ranging from $600 to $5,000. For more information contact the Office of University Relations at 956-882-4334 or the Department of Physics and Astronomy at 956-882-6779.
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