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Nine Students Explore Opportunities in STEM Research

They attended the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students in California.

Nine students funded by National Institutes of Health (NIH) Bridges to the Baccalaureate and MARC U*STAR grants attended the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) in Anaheim, CA, November 13–17. Professors Linda Bastone, Mark Jonas, and Joe Skrivanek, and coordinator of science student support services, Julianna Campos Lopes, accompanied the students. At the conference, over 2500 students from over 350 colleges and universities participated in poster and oral presentations in twelve STEM disciplines.

Each student presented a poster on original research they conducted last summer. Five of the students are SUNY community college students who conducted research during the Purchase College Bridges to the Baccalaureate program. Four of the students are Purchase students who presented on research they conducted at Purchase, University of Nebraska, University of Pennsylvania, and University of Pittsburgh. All students participated in workshops, lectures, and networking events to explore opportunities in STEM research.

Four of the Purchase group were recognized with awards for outstanding presentations: Ariana Padua (Ulster Community College sophomore), Sarah Yousef (Sullivan Community College sophomore), Elizabeth Bardwil-Lugones (Purchase junior majoring in biology and biochemistry), and Jennifer Paulino (Purchase junior majoring in biology).

Left to right: Ariana Padua, Sarah Yousef, Elizabeth Bardwil-Lugones, Jennifer PaulinoLeft to right: Ariana Padua, Sarah Yousef, Elizabeth Bardwil-Lugones, Jennifer Paulino