Local Students Attend Biomedical Research Conference For Minority Students

Purchase College Professors Linda BastoneKaren Singer-Freeman, and Joe Skrivanek, and Shaina Dymond, coordinator of science student support services, accompanied nine students to Phoenix, AZ November 1–5 for the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS).

These students have conducted original STEM research with Purchase College faculty members. During the conference, over 1,800 students from over 350 colleges and universities participated in poster and oral presentations in twelve STEM disciplines.

The students participated in workshops, lectures, and networking events to explore opportunities in STEM research. The students' research and conference attendance was funded by National Institutes of Health (NIH) Bridges to the Baccalaureate and MARC U*STAR grants.

Eight of the students presented their research and two MARC U*STAR scholars, Jordan Billups and Germain Meza, were recognized with awards for outstanding presentations. The community college students are preparing for transfer to four year schools and the Purchase College students are currently preparing applications for summer research opportunities and PhD programs.

Germain Meza, who is an environmental studies major at Purchase said, "I learned that I want to not only pursue my career goals, but that I also want to be able to give back to the community and help uplift others."

Jordan Billups, who is a mathematics and computer science major at Purchase said, "This was my second time attending ABRCMS and it was just as amazing as the first meeting. The breadth and quality of research presented at this conference is really something you have to see to believe. There is something for everyone who has an interest in STEM fields, ranging from student oral and poster presentations to academic workshops and networking events. Over four days you have the opportunity to meet four thousand other attendees representing seven hundred different schools giving over two thousand presentations which means the conference is packed with invaluable opportunities to learn about cutting edge research, network and, last but not least, have fun! Without a doubt, I would count ABRCMS as one of the single most empowering experiences that I have ever had."


Pictured from Left. Back: Jordan Billups (Purchase College), Sarah Ann King (Purchase College and Nassau Community College), Angelique Malcolm (Dutchess Community College), Lina Ruiz (Purchase College), Mariana Castillo (Nassau Community College), Germain Meza (Purchase College and Westchester Community College),
Front: Jorge Acuña (Rockland Community College), Maria Leon Sanchez (Dutchess Community College), Anooshqa Bazmi (Nassau Community College).


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