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B-CU College of Science, Engineering, and Mathematics Awards 21 Student Scholarships to Attend the 16th Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students

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The Florida Georgia Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (FGLSAMP) partnered with HBCU-UP to sponsor students from the College of Science, Engineering and Mathematics to attend the annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students in Tampa, Fla. Students were selected on a first-come-first-serve basis. All upper classmen had to have a GPA of 3.0 and above; and freshmen had to develop a resume and submit it to Ms. Wenda Williams. A total of 21 students attended the conference; 11 of the students represented B-CU as presenters.

FGLSAMP is a National Science Foundation-funded program that also operates as a student organization whose goal is to promote careers in STEM.  “The directors of both programs understand the importance of exposing B-CU students to the world of research and networking. Therefore, we combined resources and made the event happen,” said Dr. Danyell Wilson, Associate Professor and Coordinator of FGLSAMP.

This is the first time B-CU has attended this conference. “Students were expected to network, network, and network,” Dr. Wilson said. Senior students were required to find post baccalaureate, graduate, and medical school programs while underclassmen were expected to seek out internship opportunities.  One of the student presenters, Zachary Olszewski had the opportunity to network with influential medical professors in his area of study. “This conference was extremely beneficial to me. It opened my eyes, and made me realize networking is extremely important when trying to move on past college,” he mentioned. Olszewski anticipates attending more research conferences where he can connect with professionals in his field and other students studying to enter the medical field.

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