Dr. Mark A. Melton, professor of Biology and dean of the School of Sciences, Mathematics and Public Health, accompanied eight students to the 15th Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) in Seattle, Washington from November 11 through November 15. The students, Dion Casey, Michelle Bundy, Roxanne Smith, research associate, James Outlaw, Justin Jones, DeAsia Lewis, Porscha Walton, and Aaron Manning networked with other students while navigating the many summer research internship and graduate school opportunities.
ABRCMS is the largest, professional conference for biomedical, bioengineering, and behavioral mathematic students, attracting approximately 4,400 individuals, including approximately 2,600 undergraduate students, 500 graduate students & postdoctoral scientists, and 1,200 faculty, program directors and administrators. Students represent more about 350 U.S. colleges and universities.
The conference was designed to encourage underrepresented minority students to pursue advanced training in the biomedical and behavioral sciences, engineering, and mathematics and to provide faculty mentors and advisors with resources for facilitating students’ success. Three students, Michelle Bundy, Dion Casey and Porscha Walton each won a travel award, which is valued at $1,500 to attend and present their research.
“The experience was very valuable and rewarding for all.” Melton said. “More than 1,200 vendors from colleges, universities and companies were in attendance to actively recruit some of the best and brightest minority students in the world. All of our students did an excellent job.”
According to Melton, students were also judged on their oral and poster presentations. Out of the five student presentations, two Falcons won in their respective categories: Justin Jones (Developmental Biology & Genetics, SAU Laboratory of Genetics & Integrative Research) and James Outlaw (Engineering, Physics & Mathematics: Nanotechnology). Dr. Melton served as the faculty mentor for both students.