PRISM students accepted to multiple programs this summer and next year

As of fall 2014, 51 PRISM alumni reported gaining admission to graduate and professional programs since 2006. This year four of our seniors join this group as they enter graduate and medical school programs:

 

Williams, ShawnShawn Williams (Mentor: Dr. Domashevskiy):

Molecular Biology, Cell Biology & Biochemistry PhD Program, Brown University

 

 

image1Tanya Napolitano (Mentors: Drs. Proni & Petraco):

College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences – Toxicology PhD Program, St. John’s University

 

 

Reinfeld, SamSamuel Reinfeld (Mentor: Dr. Domashevskiy):

Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Program (DO), NY College of Osteopathic Medicine

 

 

P1000642Yessenia Lopez  (Mentor: Dr. Cheng):

NIH Funded Post Baccalaureate Research Preparation Program (PREP), Albert Einstein College of Medicine

 

In addition, six PRISM juniors will be attending prestigious summer research programs with various universities and institutes this summer:

 

Fernandez, PorfirioPorfirio Fernandez (Mentor: Dr. Rauceo):

Leadership Alliance/Howard Hughes Medical Institute Summer Undergraduate Research Program, University of Miami

 

 

PROANO_DAYSI croppedDaysi Proano (Mentor: Dr. Svoronos – QCC):

Undergraduate Summer Research in Molecular Biophysics, Princeton University

 

 

Seo, JiwonJiwon Seo (Mentor: Dr. Cheng):

Summer Research Opportunities at Harvard (SROH) Program, Harvard University

 

 

Shillingford, Shanelle croppedShanelle Shillingford (Mentor: Dr. Proni):

2015 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows (SURF) Program, The Scripps Research Institute (California campus)

 

 

Williams, Desiree croppedDesiree Williams (Mentor: Dr. Li):

Summer Undergraduate Research Program, City University of New York

 

 

Duran, Lissette.croppedLisset Duran (Mentor: Dr. Lissette Delgado Cruzata):

Morocco Summer Research Program, National Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants

 

 

Good luck on your endeavors! We are very proud that you are all part of our PRISM family!

PRISM Undergraduate Research Symposium on April 29 – Join Us!

On Wednesday, April 29, PRISM will Celebrate Student Achievement, when all of our current students share their research accomplishments in a poster session from 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. in the Student Cafeteria, on the 2nd floor of John Jay’s New Building.

Everyone is welcome to attend the poster session.  Prospective PRISM students can get a preview of the research possibilities that await them.  Light refreshments will be served.

Email PRISM@jjay.cuny.edu to RSVP or to further inquire about this event or its additional sessions.

The Web Guide to Research for Undergraduates

everhooddesign_webguru_logoThe Web Guide to Research for Undergraduates (WebGURU) is an interactive, web-based tool intended to assist students in navigating the hurdles of an undergraduate research experience. It contains articles and advice from faculty members, graduate school admissions officers, and students. Topics range from how to chose and interact effectively with your advisor and your lab’s research team, to tips on writing your first paper.  WebGURU is a great place to complement your PRISM experience at John Jay.

The site includes sections dedicated to professional development outside of the lab,  a database of research funding, a guide to opportunities for summer research experiences, and advice on how to apply to professional schools.

This is a great tool to guide you on your path to your science career and an excellent resource for advice on how to prepare for research work. Take a look and come discuss your questions with us at PRISM. We can help you create a personal plan to achieve your professional goals and get you to your planned career!

What Can I Do with a Forensic Science Degree?

You may know that John Jay offers three different forensic science major tracks – molecular biology, toxicology, and criminalistics.  But before you focus in on your chosen path, why not consider all the doors that can be opened with your forensic science degree?

The American Academy of Forensic Science (AAFS) recently sponsored a series of career webinars, all hosted by a distinguished professional in the given field.  If you don’t have time to watch the whole video, you can also access the presentation slides that accompany each session.

These webinars will help you find out:

  • What a forensic odontologist is and does…
  • What a typical day in the life of a medical examiner is like…
  • The level of education needed to advance as a criminalist or a toxicologist…
  • What kinds of salary expectations you should have…
  • Much more!

 

Finals Week

keep-calm-and-ace-your-finals-52Good luck to all of our students during Finals Week. If you need a quiet place to study or are planning to organize a study group, try the PRISM office.  We are open 9:30-4:30 every day.  Feel free to stop by anytime or to contact Dr. Sanabria-Valentin to reserve time.

Here’s some good advice on how to prepare your study space and be more effective while studying.

 

Latina Researcher’s Network Conference: Apr 3rd to 5th

The Latina Researchers Conference brings scholars, researchers and aspiring investigators from across the U.S. to address the under-representation of diverse scholars in research activities and in academia. Participants include research scientists, academicians, higher education administrators, students and various members of professional organizations and research institutes.

All PRISM students are invited to attend. But if you can’t make the whole conference, PRISM is co-sponsoring a special session on April 4th specifically for women of color in science.

This session will have Latina speakers from the fields of neuroscience, cultural anthropology, and psychology talking about their journeys and the challenges they faced, and continue to face, both as women and as women of color. Following this session is a networking and PhD student poster session (with refreshments) which you are also invited to.
 
This panel session takes place April 4, from 4.30 to 6 pm at John Jay College. It is FREE for students of John Jay and CUNY community colleges. Students are also invited to attend the entire conference for free, but must register with us ASAP if they wish to do so.

We got a facelift!

As our program is expanding, so is our site!

In the last year, PRISM has begun to offer opportunities to students at partner CUNY community colleges, and in spring 2014 we’ve added Pre-Med and Pre-Professional counseling to the mix. It seemed only fitting that we revamp our website to reflect the great changes taking place.

The website has the same content as before — contacts, information on funding for students and mentors, etc. — but we also now offer an up-to-date calendar for tracking events, links to resources that you can use regularly, profiles on mentors, and so much more!

One of the most exciting additions to the site is our blog. Check frequently for short articles on topics from presenting at conferences (Want to know some great ways to tame the butterflies?), to writing the dreaded graduate school essay. We’ll also include interviews with professionals from all walks of science and math, as well as provide resources for alumni.

If you have any suggestions for articles, or even want to write one for us, please don’t hesitate to reach out!