Civil Engineering senior Jason Regina has been recognized by UMKC as a Fall 2013 Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management Honor Recipient.
Jason was one of seven UMKC graduating seniors honored in his class. This competitive award recognizes students that have made a significant contribution to the university or community via volunteer efforts. In addition, a cumulative 3.25 or greater GPA is required as an academic pre-requisite.
Regarding Jason’s nomination, the selection committee advised “The committee was very impressed with his academic achievements, leadership roles, and community service . . .” Jason has been instrumental in promoting international education, actively involved with Engineers without Borders, and is a member of the Tau Beta Pi and Chi Epsilon honor societies.
A breakfast reception and award ceremony was held on Dec. 13, 2013 to honor all of the Fall 2013 recipients.
Engineers Without Borders (EWB) student chapter has committed to building a foot bridge in Vallecito, Panama starting 2013-2014. In Fall 2012, the EWB student chapter decided it was time to depart from the Dominican Republic, where it had been working with the support of the EWB Kansas City (KC) professional chapter since 2009, because the projects left to be completed were beyond the scope of the students. Over the next two years, only EWB KC professional chapter members will travel to the Dominican to finalize the program. Thus the UMKC EWB student chapter members starting looking for a new program. While there were lots of opportunities in Africa, SCE students decided to stay in the America’s due to logistical costs. After reviewing options, it was decided that Panama would be a good place to pursue a new program as EWB-Panama needed help with building footbridges. Incentives for choosing Panama included one of the EWB mentors being a native of Panama with her mother living in Panama City and a member of EWB-Panama.
Four UMKC Students including SCE civil engineering student Jason Regina were guests to the Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Award Foundation Luncheon held at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown Imperial Tower. The students received either the Eddie Johnson or the Sherman & Irene Dreiseszun travel scholarships, which are funded by the Foundation, and matched by UMKC. The competitive awards are given in support of long-term study abroad experiences with the Sherman & Irene Dreiseszsun Scholarship giving special consideration to undergraduate study in less traditional locations. Jason Regina will attend Konkuk University in Seoul, South Korea for the fall 2013 semester.
Jason Regina, a SCE civil engineering student, has been notified of his acceptance to the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) in the Engineering Laboratory (EL) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, MD which is near Washington, DC. The eleven week summer program provides students the opportunity to work” elbow to elbow with researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, one of the world’s leading research organizations and home to four Nobel Prize winners” and “Gain valuable hands-on experience, working with cutting-edge technology . . .” Jason attributes the help and encouragement of SCE faculty Dr. John Kevern and Dr. Deb O’Bannon, his advisor, to his successfully applying for the NIST SURF.