Research projects

Lone Star College Honors College students present research projects at Rice University

HOUSTON, TX — Lone Star College students recently participated in Rice University’s Research Experiences for Undergrads program. The program provides research experiences for undergraduate students and is open to students from colleges and universities worldwide.

LSC graduate with honors Ivey Adara Knebel presented her research project “Investigating the Impact of the Arabidopsis PEX11 Family on the Formation of Peroxisome Intraluminal Vesicles (ILVs)” at a recent research poster symposium that was held at Rice University.

“Honors College at Lone Star College is a hidden gem,” Knebel said. “I had the opportunity to study abroad, present at research conferences locally and regionally, and learn from the perspective of my peers. »

Knebel graduated from LSC-CyFair with an Associate of Science Honors degree and Leadership Honors last spring. Knebel was awarded the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Fellowship and will continue her education by transferring this fall to the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Other LSC students who participated in the symposium were Angelica Penaloza, Bella Pianezzola, Angela Pinon, Etienne Ndem, Katherine Dullen, Andrew Bierbower and Vincenzo De Vita Sifontes.

The LSC Honors College helps meet the needs of high-achieving students looking to enhance their college transcripts with challenging courses delivered in a wide range of disciplines. Classes are designed to engage and test students inside and outside the classroom with small class sizes and close interaction with dedicated faculty.

“We are very proud of all of the Lone Star College students who have participated in this very exciting program,” said Katharine Caruso, Ph.D., Associate Vice Chancellor, Honors and International Education. “Participating in the Research Experiences Program for Undergraduates at Rice University will provide them with a solid foundation of learning throughout their educational journey.”

“I’m pursuing a career as a forensic geneticist alongside a career in genetics and women’s reproductive health research,” Knebel said. “I want to mix my love for science with activism. Whatever career I end up in, I’ll be sure to do just that.

The symposium is the culminating experience for LSC Honors College Stem Scholars who participate in Rice University’s Take Flight program, a partnership between Rice and LSC aimed at expanding access to education and increasing student numbers. who earn STEM degrees.

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Lone Star College enrolls more than 80,000 students each semester, providing high-quality, low-cost academic transfer and vocational training. LSC is training tomorrow’s workforce today and redefining the community college experience to drive student success. Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., is Chancellor of LSC, the Houston area’s largest institution of higher learning and was named a 2021 Great Colleges to Work For® by the Chronicle of Higher Education, ranked 35th in Texas . on the Forbes list of “America’s Top Employers by State” and recognized by Fortune Magazine and Great Place To Work® as one of this year’s Best Places to Work in Texas. LSC includes eight colleges, seven centers, eight workforce centers of excellence, and the Lone Star Corporate College. To learn more, visit