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Seven Students Honored at National Research Conference

December 2015

Seven students were recognized in Seattle, Wash., last month for their juried research presentations at the 15th Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Scientists sponsored by the National Institute for General Medical Sciences.

The conference is one of the largest professional conferences for underrepresented minority students, military veterans and persons with disabilities who want to pursue advanced training in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. In order to present their research at the conference, students had to submit a brief summary of their research findings, which, in turn, had to pass a rigorous review and selection process. Not everyone who submitted their work was accepted as a presenter.

Of the 1,750 research presentations at the conference, 32 were presented by CSULB students. The following students received special recognition for their research and presentation. They are listed along with their discipline, research mentor and the grant program supporting their research:

  • Matthew Argame — Neuroscience
    Research mentor: Jennifer Ostergren
    Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity, BUILD
     
  • Lori Digal — Chemistry
    Research mentor: Michael Schramm
    BUILD
     
  • Haley Gause — Microbiology
    Research mentor: Douglas Pace
    Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement
     
  • Nicholas Nieto — Biochemistry
    Research mentor: Jason Schwans
    BUILD
     
  • Alice Pieplow — Developmental Biology and Genetics
    Research mentor: Elizabeth Eldon
    Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation
     
  • Elvira Salazar — Social and Behavioral Science and Public Health
    Research mentor: Christine Whitcraft
    Bridges to Baccalaureate Bridges
     
  • Daniel Sallee — Biochemistry
    Research mentor: Paul Weers
    Maximizing Access to Research Careers Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research
     

The funding support for these students are from different federal sources on campus that work to develop, implement and evaluate approaches to encourage individuals from diverse backgrounds to enter into and continue in biomedical research careers.

The BUILD Program is a National Institutes of Health-funded initiative focused on testing innovative ideas to transform the infrastructure of universities in ways that lead to the sustainable production of a diverse population of health-related research professionals. The Bridges, RISE and MARC U*STAR programs are institutional training grants funded by the NIH that are aimed at providing short- and long-term research training with the objective of increasing diversity in biomedical research. Similarly, the National Science Foundation offers the LSAMP program to increase the number and diversity of students who graduate with degrees in the STEM disciplines.

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