PRISM Symposium Highlights
A record number of PRISM students (46) participated in this year’s 2015 Symposium on Wednesday, April 29. Projects for every interest and for every track were displayed. This year’s Symposium showcased our growing population of computer science majors as well as two of our CUNY Justice Academy partner students who perform their research with mentors at Queensborough Community College. Students impressed the guests with their research accomplishments and their ability to engage others when speaking about their work. We were treated to a visit by Provost Bowers and President Travis, the latter of whom addressed students warmly and hailed their accomplishments.
After the poster session, there were two oral presentations, one by the Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher, Yessenia Lopez, and one by the keynote speaker, Dr. Daniel Cocris:
Dr. Demi Cheng was thrilled to introduce her mentee, Yessenia Lopez, to kick off the presentations. Yessenia then showcased her research, “Manganese-Containing Dithiocarbamate Pesticides Increase B-Amyloid Precursor Protein and B-Amyloid Peptide Expression in PC-12 Cells.” During her presentation, Yessenia gave the full story of her research journey, noting the significant impact of the deep mentoring she received from Dr. Cheng.
Dr. Daniel Cocris then took over and inspired the audience by talking about his entire journey from leaving his home in Romania to finding his stride at John Jay researching with Dr. Carpi. Dr. Cocris spoke about the value of discovering his niche and his love of science, and about the labor involved to achieve his current position as a dentist.
Dr. Anthony Carpi served as the Master of Ceremonies at the PRISM Awards Ceremony, handing out certificates to all who participated and special awards to our speakers and poster winners. This year for the first time, the PRISM Symposium included a “hooding” ceremony for our graduating seniors. As theses titles were announced, mentors presented these students with PRISM stoles to be worn at graduation.
Recognition as Keynote Speaker: Dr. Daniel Cocris
Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher: Yessenia Lopez
First Place – Poster Contest: Derek Sololowski
Runners-Up Poster Contest: Karen Conrad, Richard Khusial, and Shawn Williams
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