– by Carole and Yesica
This week, the PREP cohort trekked to blustery and cold Indianapolis to present their research at the 2018 meeting of the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students, a.k.a ABRCMS.
What did we gain from the meeting? First, we all went to a PREP-only meet-and-greet.
Dan and Carole spent a hunk of time talking to prospective graduate and PREP applicants, reconnecting with colleagues, and meeting new ones.
I ran into a UC Davis alumna who was in our McNair program the year I served as interim director (cue bilateral excited squealing and jumping up and down). She came to ABRCMS to recruit for Cold Spring Harbor, where she’s a grad student and NSF Graduate Research Fellow. Go Ags!
Dan’s really jazzed about some students whom he wants to recruit for PhDs at UC Davis. Jonathan went to lunch with his undergrad mentor who’s now a faculty member at CSU Fullerton, and Yesica and her sister, a PREP scholar at U Penn, got to cheer each other on during poster sessions.
Dan had an “ABRCMS moment” at the poster session: he encountered a student who insisted on a photo when he learned that the guy who discovered SUN and KASH proteins was reading his poster.
And our scholars’ posters were phenomenal. They all knocked it out of the park and we are so very proud of them.
I liked the atmosphere of the conference, it was the most relaxed I’ve ever been presenting, and I feel like a learned a lot about how to better present my research from the critique of the judges. -Anna
I liked the atmosphere of the conference, it was the most relaxed I’ve ever been presenting, and I feel like a learned a lot about how to better present my research from the critique of the judges.
And we went out afterwards to celebrate.
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