Congratulations to Dr. Ihenetu, NACB Fellow!

IhenetuCongratulations to Dr. Ihenetu, one of our CS/AMP Faculty Mentors!

Dr. Ihenetu was just recently notified of his installation as a Fellow of the National Academy of Clinical Biochemistry (NACB).  The Fellowship will be conferred upon Dr. Ihenetu at the upcoming meeting of the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) in July. 

An Assistant Professor of Clinical Laboratory Science in the Department of Life Sciences at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Dr. Ihenetu’s laboratory research focuses on molecular techniques and using analytical tools in the identification of biomarkers and development of anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory treatments for cancer patients. Dr. Ihenetu’s promotion to NACB Fellow is express recognition of his contributions to the profession of clinical laboratory sciences.

Dr. Ihenetu is a self-described problem solver with experience in multinational projects involving research in the United States, United Kingdom, and Africa. After attending Ahmadu Bello University in Nigeria, Dr. Ihenetu moved on to East London University in the U.K. where he achieved an M.S. in 1994. The University of Hertfordshire eventually awarded his Ph.D. in Pharmacology in 2003 and he has been with Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi since 2006. His many years of experience as a lab scientist have certified him as a National Registry Clinical Chemist, as well as a Specialist in Clinical Chemistry. Dr. Ihenetu’s TAMUCC laboratory is currently focused on understanding how digoxin and digoxin-like immune-reactive factors exert beneficial effects in cancer patients. He is developing a predictive model for patients who are likely to benefit from methotrexate treatment.

For more information on Dr. Kenneth Ihenetu please visit his faculty webpage:

Article adapted from Will Piatt:


2009 Summer Scholarships & Events

Several of the opportunities listed below have student scholarships. 
The listings are in order by application deadlines:

CRA-W/CDC CHiPS Mentoring Workshop
July 25-27th, 2009  
Application Deadline: May 11th, 2009
The purpose of this mentoring workshop is to introduce students to advanced processor architectures and software systems that the scientific community is using to accelerate computationally demanding applications. However, the main goal of the workshop is to encourage women and minoirity computer science or computer engineering students to obtain a Ph.D. We are specifically interested in attracting undergraduate students (especially sophomores, juniors, and seniors) or graduate students in departments that only offer a master’s degree.

Virtual School of Computational Science and Engineering Summer School 2009: Scaling to Petascale
Aug. 3-7, 2009
Application Deadline: May 18, 2009
This Virtual School summer school will provide graduate students with knowledge of the challenges, opportunities, techniques, and evolving resources for scaling science and engineering codes onto petascale computing systems. High-definition streaming video of the course will enable students to participate from multiple locations, including the University of Illinois’ National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), the National Institute for Computational Sciences (NICS) in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, the University of Michigan, and Louisiana State University. Participating students will have access to high-performance computing systems at NCSA, NICS, and the Texas Advanced Computing Center.

Virtual School of Computational Science and Engineering Summer School 2009: Many-Core Processors for Science and Engineering Applications
Aug. 10-14, 2009
Application Deadline: May 18, 2009
Students will be provided with knowledge and hands-on experience in developing applications software for many-core processors, such as general purpose graphics processing units (GP-GPUs). High-definition streaming video of the course will enable students to participate from multiple locations, including the University of Illinois’ National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), the University of Michigan, Ohio State University and the University of Illinois, Chicago.

The Grace Hopper Conference Scholarship
Application deadline: May 27, 2009 (Midnight CDT).
You will be asked to submit an essay, résumé/CV, GPA (grade point average) & class rank and letter of reference (to be uploaded by your reference). Please note that only undergraduate and graduate students are required to submit a letter of reference

The Latinas Learning to Lead (LLL) Summer Youth Program
The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.
June 19-27, 2009
Deadline to Apply: May 27th, 2009 via email:

LLL promotes and fosters the development of young college-age Latina leaders through leadership training and technical and practical experience, during a one-week comprehensive curriculum program. Each year, NHLI selects 22 young women from across the country to participate in the program that includes sessions on resume writing and interviewing skills, effective communication and presentation skills, public policy issues affecting the Latino community, and other professional and leadership development topics including a Gallup StrengthsFinder session at Gallup University, financial literacy and a technology component.

Google Lime Scholarship for Students with Disabilities
Application Deadline: June 1, 2009
Google has announced that they are partnering with Lime to offer scholarships to students with disabilities who are pursuing university degrees in the field of computer science in Canada or the U.S.

Big 10+ Graduate School Expo
Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
September 27-28, 2009
Application Deadline: Students who join the mailing list by June 1st will be entered in a *drawing for a free registration*!
Students are provided with comprehensive information regarding graduate education in the fields of Engineering, Mathematics, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Science, Technology and other Science-related disciplines. Students from all institutions of higher education are encouraged to attend, and travel scholarships are available!

Introduction to Computational Thinking
Spelman College and Clark Atlanta University
July 5-11, 2009.
Application Deadline: June 14, 2009
This workshop is aimed at increasing the involvement of individuals who have been traditionally underrepresented in the HPC field. The purpose of this workshop is to expose participants to and inspire them with new techniques, teaching materials, and applications to use computational models in the undergraduate curriculum. By bringing faculty from different disciplines together so that they can learn how to incorporate computational models into their classrooms and research projects, it will advance the use of computing in undergraduate science education. We desire to have participants from a broad range of disciplines, including computer science, mathematics, and the natural sciences.

SC09 Broader Engagement (BE) Program
Portland, OR
November 14 – 20, 2009
Applications will be accepted through August 3, 2009
This program is aimed at increasing the involvement of individuals who have been traditionally underrepresented in the HPC field. For SC09, the Broader Engage-ment, Education, and Student Volunteer Programs have joined forces as SC Communities to create some special opportunities!

Ann Redelfs, ELA Co-Program Manager,

Cyber-ShARE/CAHSI Distinguished Lecture: Fri April 17, 1:30pm

cyberCyber-ShARE/CAHSI Distinguished Lecture on Friday, April 17, 2009 at 1:30pm Central time.

The talk, “Data Sharing and Reuse in the Age of cyber-Enabled Research and Discovery”, will be streamed (see instructions below).

If you have any questions during the presentation, send an e-mail to Give your name, institution, and question. Dr. Gates will present your question to the speaker.

Speaker bio: Dr. Zimmerman is a research assistant professor in the School of Information of the University of Michigan. Zimmerman was a member of the planning committee for the National Ecological Observatory Network. She worked with 26 sites of the Long Term Ecological Research Network to enhance collaboration. Zimmerman is a principal investigator of a NSF-funded study of TeraGrid and a member of the research team for the NIH-funded National Center for Integrative Biomedical Informatics. Zimmerman studied multidisciplinary distributed research collaborations for the Science of Collaboratories project.

Streaming instructions: The link to the test stream is located at On that site click on the right hand side on the link that says Streaming Events Link. From the list that is generated select Computer Science April 17th. This will take you to the test stream as well as will switch over to the real streaming link on the event day. Direct Access can also be obtained via Quicktime Player by opening the following URL address if you are having firewall issues:  rtsp://
1)      Make sure QuickTime player is installed in your machine. You can download it from
2)      Open the QuickTime player, select Open URL from the File menu
3)      Enter the following URL: rtsp://

You should see a test screen with music playing in the background.

CS/AMP Retreat Luncheon…Fri. Feb. 6, 2009

retreat02-06-09The Computing Sciences and Alliance for Minority Participation undergraduate research program will be hosting the Spring CS/AMP Retreat Luncheon.

This is a mandatory event for all CS/AMP research fellows. There will be a sign in sheet and attendance will be recorded.

The luncheon will be held on Friday, February 6, 2009, 12 noon until 1pm at the University Center Bayview Room 320. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us: 361-825-2479 or



FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2009, 12:00PM – 1:00PM
UC Bayview Room 221

  • 12:00pm:  Arrival & LSAMP Survey, Lunch starts
  • 12:10pm:  Welcome and Introductions  International Experience, Adriana Leiva, Mexico
  • 12:20pm: Effective Research in a Nutshell, Dr. Ahmed Mahdy
  • 12:40pm: LSAMP Symposium, Friday, February 20, 2009
  • 12:45pm: Closing Remarks

Save the NEW Date – Spring 2009 Retreat

Due to unavoidable circumstances, the date for the retreat has moved to: Friday, February 6, 2009.
The location is University Center Bayview Room 320.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.
CS/AMP Spring Retreat Luncheon
Friday, February 6, 2009, 12pm -1pm
University Center, Bayview Room 320
More info coming soon.

Google, Inc: 2009 CAHSI Annual Meeting

Google, Inc. will be hosting the 2009 Computing Alliance of Hispanic-Serving Institutions (CAHSI) 3rd Annual Meeting.

WHEN: JANUARY 15 – 18, 2009
WHO: Any Computer Science Students at TAMUCC approved to attend. (M
andatory event for all BPC and MII fellows.)
THEME: “Developing the Next Generation of Leaders through Mentoring”
LOCATION: Google Headquarters, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA

DO YOU WANT TO ATTEND? All expenses paid: Airfare, Food, Hotel. Follow the 2 simple steps below:
   1.  Fill out this interest form:
   2 .  In order to attend, you must be presenting a poster. To present a poster, you must submit a short paper (Less than 4 pages). To successfully submit your paper for consideration, you must send it to before Monday November 10, 2008Below there are samples of a short paper and a poster template.

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CALL FOR POSTERS: The CAHSI Alliance invites graduate and undergraduate students to submit proposals for the Posters and Panels. Below are documents with Calls for Participation for both Panels and Posters Sessions.  Also , there is a template for the posters and an example of a short paper.  CAHSI will provided travel support for the students selected to make poster or panel presentations. 

Short Paper Example (doc)…>>
Poster Template (ppt)…>>
Call for Poster Session 2009 (pdf)…>>

Call for Panels Session 2009 (pdf)…>>
Promotional Flyers/Posters…>>

DEADLINE: Monday November 10, 2008

CS/AMP Spotlighted at HACU 2008 Conference

The 2008 Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities (HACU) 22nd Annual Conference was held in Denver, Colorado, October 10-13, 2008. Dr. Laura Rosales, the Director of Research & Scholarly Activity at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi gave a presentation on “Opportunities Benefiting Hispanics at an HSI/PUI in South Texas.”  The CS/AMP program was highlighted as a successful program.

 – PowerPoint Presentation
 – BPC Handout
 – LSAMP Handout
 – MII Handout