Twenty-eight MSU ASCEND Center for Biomedical Research Scholars attended the 2016 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) held November 9th – 12th, in Tampa, FL. Over 1,300 students participated in poster and oral presentations. ASCEND Scholars Oluwafunmilayo Ayeni (Psychology), Kelly Boham (Biology), Jada Boyd (Physical Education), Markea Carter (Psychology), Shirley Green (Psychology), and Aliyah Tolliver (Psychology) presented research during the poster sessions and Deshawn Collington (Psychology) was invited to present her research as an oral presentation. Deshawn won an award for her research on sexual assault. The project was done in collaboration with the MSU Office of Diversity and ASCEND Scholars Markea Carter and Aliyah Tolliver. Deshawn’s faculty mentor is Dr. Jocelyn Turner-Musa and near peer mentor Ebele Oranubu.
Scholars participated in professional development workshops, inspirational plenary presentations from the leaders in biomedical research, networking opportunities, and scientific seminars. The conference also introduced scholars to a number of graduate schools and internship opportunities.
ABRCMS is sponsored by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, Division of Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity and managed by the American Society for Microbiology. ABRCMS is one of the largest, professional conferences for underrepresented students to pursue advanced training in STEM www.abrcms.org.