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6 November 2006

Biology Faculty and Students
to Attend Research Conference

Biology students, Bruno Duru, Tamicka Jones, and Cerrika Jordan, along with their faculty mentor, Dr. LaJoyce Debro, will attend the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) in Anaheim, California, November 8-12. Dr. Debro, Cerrika, and Tamicka were awarded all expense travel grants to attend the conference by the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology. Bruno Duru, who will present the results of his summer research project entitled “Identification of the Biosynthetic Gene Cluster for Sibiromycin,” was awarded an all expense travel grant by the conference.

Now in its sixth year, ABRCMS is the largest professional conference for biomedical students attracting approximately 2,600 individuals, including 1,650 undergraduate students, 280 graduate students, 30 postdoctoral scientists and 750 faculty and administrators. Students come from over 285 U.S. colleges and universities. All are pursuing advanced training in the biomedical sciences, and many have conducted independent research.

The conference is designed to encourage underrepresented minority students to pursue advanced training in the biomedical and behavioral sciences and provide faculty mentors and advisors with resources for facilitating students’ success. More than 280 representatives from graduate programs at US colleges and universities as well as scientists from government agencies, foundations, and professional scientific societies join ABRCMS in the exhibitors program to share information about graduate school and summer internship opportunities.

These representatives present research opportunities, funding sources, and professional networks. The conference is managed by the American Society of Microbiology. This is the fourth year that faculty and students from JSU have participated in the conference.

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