Biophysics Going Strong at Minority Conferences
BPS exhibited at the two largest scientific, minority student-centered conferences of 2011. The Society for the Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) National Conference took place in San Jose, California, in October, and the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) was held in St. Louis, Missouri, in November. More than 6,000 students, faculty members, program directors, agency representatives, and industry professionals attended the meetings, providing students with an array of academic and career options and networking opportunities.
At the BPS booth, Minority Affairs Committee (MAC) members Luis Marky, Ana-Maria Soto, Michael Jarstfer, Don Rufus Ranatunga, and Ishita Mukerji talked with students about how the Biophysical Society could fit into their career goals. They encouraged students interested in learning more about biophysics to apply for a spot in the Summer Course in Biophysics, an 11-week intensive introductory course sponsored by BPS, funded by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, and hosted by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
MAC members also judged undergraduate student posters, selecting 12 winners of the BPS-sponsored poster awards. Two students at each conference who presented outstanding posters in biophysics were awarded MAC Travel Awards to the BPS Annual Meeting in San Diego in February. Travel award winners Diego Baptista, San Francisco State University; Cameron Brown, University of Georgia; Brian Castellano, San Jose State University; and Ana Moreno, University of Arizona, will be presenting their science at the Annual Meeting for the first time.s
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