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Monday, June 11, 2018

Recent graduate embodies the full Angelo State University experience | Angelo State University

In addition to their academics, ASU undergraduate students are encouraged to take part in extracurricular activities like research, community service, studying abroad or joining student organizations, reports Tom Nurre, news and information specialist at Angelo State University. 
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Senior mathematics major Emily Vidal has done them all. 

A native of Pearland near Houston, Vidal also carries a double minor in biology and technical writing and is a member of the ASU Honors Program. Her high school grades meant she had her pick of the state’s top college and universities, but a pit stop to see family in San Angelo on the way to visit Texas Tech University changed everything. 

“My uncle peer-pressured me into checking out ASU,” Vidal said. “I think he knew ASU would be a good fit for me. So I toured ASU and I loved it. ASU is the only school I applied to.” 

And by taking advantage of her opportunities, Vidal has truly had the complete ASU experience. 

Many of Vidal’s activities outside the classroom have stemmed from her involvement in research. It all kicked off her sophomore year when she was accepted into a 10-week Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) to conduct systems biology research dealing with immunological data at the University of Connecticut. 

At the end of the REU, Vidal had a completed research poster that she then presented at the Joint Mathematical Meetings in Atlanta, Texas Undergraduate Research Day in Austin, Great Plains Honors Council Conference in Beaumont and National Collegiate Honors Council Conference in Atlanta.

“I got a lot of help from the Mathematics Department and the Honors Program,” Vidal said. “They guided me through the process of getting my materials ready and writing an abstract that would stand up to the level it needed to.” 

The level was high enough that Vidal won Poster Awards at both the GPHC and NCHC conferences. 

Source: Angelo State University