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!

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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Top 3 Sites for Authoritative Forensic Science Research

This is a guest post by Ellen Sexton, John Jay Librarian.

You have a brilliant idea to test in the lab; but has someone already done it?  Or something similar?  A quick search of the literature can inform your work.  Scientists publish their best research reports as articles in journals.  Here are three tools to make finding articles on your area of interest a bit easier:

1. A Better Google Scholar

If you like using Google Scholar at home, but are getting frustrated with pay-walls obstructing your access to articles, try using the link from the Library home page which goes through our proxy server and looks like this:   http://ez.lib.jjay.cuny.edu/login?url=http://scholar.google.com  Then your results will include links to whatever the library subscribes to:

Google Scholar

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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.