BPS Reaches Out to Minority Undergrads at ABRCMS


Summer Course alum, Katiria Gonzalez Rivera, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and Uduak Udoeyo, Temple University with BPS Staff member Vida Ess.

For the fifth consecutive year, the Biophysical Society sponsored a booth at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS). ABRCMS 2012 took place in San Jose, California, and despite the unseasonable cold spell, minority students from across the country gathered to network and present their scientific research.

Between scientific symposia and professional development sessions targeted for undergraduate minority students, participants found time to visit the exhibit hall, where BPS sponsored a booth, meeting with interested students and discussing ways the Society can help a student on their career path.

While BPS staff members discussed how the Biophysical Society could fit into a student’s career goals, summer course alumni were on hand to talk about their experience with the Biophysical Society Summer Course in Biophysics, an 11-week intensive introductory course for undergrad minority students at UNC, Chapel Hill funded by NIGMS.

In addition to exhibiting, BPS sponsored poster awards for outstanding biophysics related research that were presented to students during the closing banquet. Local members, Daryl Eggers and Ricky Cheng judged posters over the three days of poster presentations. In addition to reviewing poster awards, Eggers and Cheng selected two students with exceptional posters to receive Minority Affairs Committee travel awards to present their research at the 2013 Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The two undergraduates who received these awards were Ninotchska De Valle, University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo and Alan Stern, City College of New York.

If you stopped by the BPS booth at ABRCMS in San Jose, let us know in the comments! BPS is already looking forward to another great conference at ABRCMS 2013 in Nashville!


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