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Undergraduate Symposium on Research and Creative Activity set for April 22-23

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Dr. Rebecca Boudreaux

A University of Southern Mississippi alumna who is an executive with a prominent national alternative fuel company is the guest speaker for USM’s 2016 Undergraduate Symposium on Research and Creative Activity.

Dr. Rebecca Boudreaux, president and director of Oberon Fuels, a California-based company making DME (dimethyl ether) as a clean alternative to diesel, will speak Friday, April 22 at 4:30 p.m. in Scianna Hall Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.

Presentations by students on their scholarly work will be held Saturday, April 23 from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. in Scianna Hall. The public is invited to these free events hosted by the Southern Miss Center for Undergraduate Research and Honors College.

Dr. Boudreaux graduated from the Southern Miss Honors College with a bachelor’s degree in polymer science in 2001, and went on to complete a master’s and Ph.D. in polymer science and engineering from the University of Massachusetts. She is an invited lecturer around the world, exploring the interface of science, business and entrepreneurship in the energy and non-profit sectors.

A co-author on six peer-reviewed publications and a co-inventor on 12 patents and applications, Dr. Boudreaux is the chair of the International DME Association, chair of the ASTM International DME Taskforce, and Executive Committee member for the Advanced Biofuels Association. She presently serves as a Board director for UrbanPromise International, an organization that works to develop emerging leaders who will break the poverty cycle for children in under-resourced urban communities.

Her achievements are a testament to the importance of undergraduate research. Having
begun her research career in the laboratory of former USM School of Polymers and High Performance Materials Director Dr. Robert Lochhead, she went on to an REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) at Princeton in 1999 and another at MIT in 2000; she also completed the Lawrence Livermore National Lab Hertz Foundation program in 2000 and served as an intern at National Starch and Chemical in the summer after her graduation.

For more information on the symposium, visit