JSU students win honors at national biomedical research conference


Jackson State University congratulates three winners at the 2012 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) held in San Jose, Calif., in the poster competition.


JSU students Roslyn Ratcliff (left), Dominique Cooper and Ashley Lowery won in the poster competition at the 2012 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students.

The 2012 ABRCMS conference offered a comprehensive program of scientific sessions, professional development workshops, student oral and poster presentations and exhibits.  There were 12 disciplines in the biomedical and behavioral sciences, including mathematics, and more than 1,600 poster and oral presentations.

The winners are participants in the Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) U*STAR Program at Jackson State University. The MARC U*STAR Program provides research training, fellowship support, enriched curriculum and compreshenisive academic and career advising to underrespresented minorities.  The overall goal of the program is to increase the number of underrepresented minorities who will pursue a Ph.D. degree at outstanding universities across the county and a career in the biomedical sciences.

The MARC scholars who won the poster competition include:

Dominique Cooper (junior biology major) won $250 in the category of Developmental Biology and Genetics for a poster presentation entitled,  “Evaluating Breeding Potentials in the Critically Endangered Jamaican Iguana.”

Ashley Lowery (junior psychology major) won $250 in the category of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Public Health for a poster presentation entitled, “The Effects of Alcohol and Anxiety on Attentional Bias to Threat.”

Roslyn Ratcliff (senior chemistry major) won $250 in the category of Chemistry and won $50 in the Chemistry Interdisciplinary category for a poster presentation entitled, “The Design of a Bioactive and Biodegradable ROMP Polymers.”

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11 thoughts on “JSU students win honors at national biomedical research conference

  1. Congratulations to the students and the NIH-MARC program, Dr. Stevens and the three research mentors from the Departments (Biology, Chemistry and Psychology) for the hard work to prepare these students.

  2. Kudos ladies for your accomplishment. You give credence to Dr. Lackey’s claim “those who attend class, tend to make us proud.” Just a little tweet of what he really said. Be Blessed and keep up the good work.

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