Five biology students from Texas A&M University– Texarkana are participating in a collaborative project this semester with TexAmericas Center. Some of the students will be conducting independent research at the TexAmericas Center’s recently opened Ronald R. Collins Water Reclamation Facility, while other students will be working with issues relating to feral hogs. The students will conduct research relating to improvements to wastewater effluent quality and the impacts and control of the local feral hog population. The students will be spending time collecting data and samples and then complete research papers outlining their conclusions and recommendations.
Bill Cork, Chief Executive Officer of TexAmericas Center, encourages collaborative projects between the Center and the University. “The collaborative efforts between the independent research program at A&M -Texarkana and TexAmericas Center creates a win-win,” said Cork. “Students and faculty get the opportunity to conduct new research in a living laboratory environment and TexAmericas Center benefits from the results of this research to improve outcomes within our operations.”
Kenneth Irizarry, Instructor of Engineering and Science Education at A&M-Texarkana, is very pleased with the partnership between the university and TexAmericas. “This project will enable our students to conduct research in the field and report their findings,” said Irizarry. “I want to thank our friends at TexAmericas for providing this great learning opportunity for our students.”
The A&M-Texarkana biology students who will be involved with the project are: