12 PRISM students attend ABRCMS ’14 in San Antonio, TX

GroupThe 14th Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) was held in San Antonio, Texas earlier this month (November 12-15). Twelve PRISM students attended, presenting posters about their scientific research at John Jay. Three of these students (Yessenia Lopez, Porfirio Fernandez, and Jiwon Seo) received Travel Awards ABRCMSfrom the conference to defray the costs of their travels. Dr. Jason Rauceo and Dr. Garry Brown from the Science Department accompanied the students, as well as PRISM coordinator Dr. Edgardo Sanabria-Valentin.

ABRCMS is one of the largest undergraduate research conferences in the United States, with more than 1,700 students presenting their research in about twelve fields in biomedical sciences. Our students presented their work in diverse projects (chemistry, toxicology, cellular and molecular biology, environmental sciences, and microbiology), showcasing the diversity of scientific research being performed at John Jay.Stephania

To prepare for their presentation, PRISM organized “ABRCMS Boot Camp” the week before departing for Texas. Students got to practice their presentation skills in daily sessions helped by faculty members of the Science Department and the PRISM staff. They also got to learn about networking and perfected their “elevator pitch.” At the conference they attended sessions discussing the importance of science communication, how to prepare an application to graduate programs, the different types of graduate programs, and the importance of networking and other professional development events.

An account by Richard Khusial, senior Forensic Science major:

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National Multiple Sclerosis Society Event for Undergrad Researchers

During last summer, John Jay senior and PRISM student James Parziale James Parziale Photocompleted an undergraduate research experience through the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS) at the NY Stem Cell Foundation laboratory of Valentina Fossati, Ph.D. This weekend, the NMSS will have its Annual Research Symposium, which is open to undergraduate students from all NYC institutions. The Symposium will begin with a discussion of new advances in MS research, and a talk from their Keynote speaker Dr. Ari Green.  The event will conclude with a mentoring session for undergraduate researchers by Dr. Green at 5pm. If you are interested in attending, RSVP by emailing the organizers.

For more details on the event, see the agenda here.

John Jay Student Travel – Fall 2014 Deadline

Interested in going to a conference, but the trip is more expensive than what PRISM can fund? John Jay College can help provide funding for your trip!

 Student Travel Fund

The Student Travel Fund provides students and student groups with funding to travel to conferences to enhance their professional and academic development. The maximum contribution for an individual proposal is $1,500. The maximum contribution for a group (4 or more students) is $5,000. Undergraduate students with at least a 2.5 GPA who have completed at least 30 credits are eligible.  Transfer students in their first semester must submit an official transcript from their previous institution. Deadline September 15, 2014 by 5pm. For more information, please go here.

PRISM Students Makes Their Mark at the SOT Conference!

AM2014_HomePageThe Society of Toxicology (SOT) Conference is the largest of its kind for this discipline.   SOT brings together 6,500 toxicologists SOT All - Editfrom more than 50 countries.   This year, it was held March 23-27 in sunny Phoenix, AZ and some of the toxicologists in attendance were our own PRISM students: Christine Ta, Bik Tzu Huang, Jazlene Montes, and Yessenia Lopez, as well as mentor, Dr. Shu-Yuan Cheng. Who better to get the details from than the student attendees themselves?  Read below for their insights and first hand accounts of their experiences and click here for pictures from the trip that showcase both the conference and the sights of Phoenix.


An account from Jazlene Montes, attending for the first time…

The whole experience in general was very eye-opening for me. I’ve always liked science and knew I’d like a career in science, but I never really knew what options there were out there in the “real world.” What was I going to do after I finished school? What would I become and how? Those questions were answered for me at SOT. I got to interact with people in various positions from many different science backgrounds, which was all very cool and informational. I feel calmer knowing what I’m working   for in the long run. Having a goal to work towards has helped reinvigorate me.   I know now that I’d like to continue my education by obtaining a PhD. I’d like my work to be on toxicology with a focus in public health. After finishing school, I can either continue into more schooling or have a career in an industry, the government, or even a college. My final goal now is to one day be a professor at a college teaching students, helping them, and motivating them as so many teachers/professor have done for me. Without them I know I would have never made it to where I am now. I’d like to pass that along to student both in a classroom and/or in a lab. SOT has given me the insight and knowledge I have long been seeking for. Now that I finally know whats possible, the sky is the limit.

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