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ABRCMS - November 10 - 13, 2010

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Thirty-nine undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty and staff represented UMBC at the 10th Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) in Charlotte, NC. This year’s conference had the largest attendance to date, with nearly 3300 students, faculty, recruiters and administrators meeting to share their science and encourage students to continue in their path. Over 700 institutions were represented and more than 1500 students presented their research.

At the event, Dr. Freeman Hrabowski was honored with the first Ruth L. Kirshtein award for his commitment to science research and education. (Dr. Hrabowski and the conference are featured in a December 6, 2010 editorial in The New York Times by Brent Staples). Some other highlights from this year’s meeting include the keynote from Maya Angelou and a plenary session with the Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Francis Collins, MD.

Students presented their scientific research and 157 awards were presented in recognition of their outstanding work. Thirty-one undergraduates from UMBC presented their research: 30 posters and 1 oral presentation. The following are the UMBC students who received awards for their ABRCMS presentatons:

Biochemical Sciences
Brian Brown – Sophomore Meyerhoff
Venkateswaran Ramakrishnan – Junior Meyerhoff

Microbiological Sciences
Colleen Courtney – Junior Meyerhoff
Chris Ecker – Sophomore Meyerhoff/HHMI
Kalyani Nambiar – Junior Meyerhoff
Claudia Valenzuela – Junior Meyerhoff/MARC U*STAR
Jojo Yeboa – Junior Meyerhoff/MARC U*STAR

Molecular Biological Sciences
Aminah Wali – Senior Meyerhoff/MARC U*STAR
Albert Zhou – Junior Meyerhoff

Physical Sciences and Mathematics
Dalton Hughes – Sophomore Meyerhoff/HHMI

Physiological Sciences
Breanne Wright – Junior Meyerhoff/MARC U*STAR

This annual conference is funded by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences and managed by the American Society for Microbiology to facilitate the success of students pursuing advanced degrees in the biomedical sciences.

(Many thanks to the MARC Program Assistant Director, Taifa Hibbert, for providing this 2010 ABRCMS information and photograph.)

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