Welcome to Student Research Week Online
Notice to all participants:
- The list of all SRW 2015 award winners is available at tx.ag/srwwinners
- Award winners can pick up their certificates and fill out the mandatory awards paperwork in Cain Hall C-125 from 8am-5pm, starting on Monday, March 30.
Thank you to all our judges, competitors, volunteers, and sponsors for making SRW 2015 a success!
All photos taken during SRW are posted on our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/StudentResearchWeek
Research Spotlight: Chong Chin Heo, SRW Graduate Student Award Winner 2015
Major: PhD candidate in the Department of Entomology
Education: Bachelor in Biomedical Sciences and Master in Parasitology from National University of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur
Interests: Chong Chin’s interest in research started when he learned about the devastating impacts of parasites and insects to human and animal health globally. Chong Chin wanted to focus on the application of insects in assisting criminal investigations, a science known as forensic entomology.
Research: Chong Chin is examining the ability of ecosystem recovery (resilience) following disturbance (perturbation). He is using carrion as his model system to determine the resiliency in nutrient cycling where blow fly colonization (primary invertebrate consumer) is delayed for an extended period of time (similar to events that occur in nature, such as weather or concealment). He is specifically examining the impact of such events on associated microbial metabolism, insect composition and succession, soil nutrient shifts and soil mite population dynamics. His ultimate research goal is to understand how ecosystem response to disturbance and how fast it recovers as the ability to recover is the most fundamental process in food production and resource sustainability. His research findings can be used to develop novel techniques or indicators in forensic investigations, for example, in determining the time and location of death.