STEM students attend Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students

11/23/2016

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- A group of Penn State STEM students were among those in attendance at the 2016 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABCRMS) November 9 to 12 in Tampa, Florida.

The yearly event is designed to encourage underrepresented minority students, military veterans and persons with disabilities to pursue advanced training in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. This year, the conference hosted over 4,000 individuals from across the country.

During the four-day event, students and their mentors had the opportunity to engage in a number of targeted seminars, discussions and lectures, and were additionally encouraged to participate in student poster and oral presentations. 

Victor Ariyo, a sophomore pursuing a degree in biomedical engineering, was honored with a best presentation award in the math, physics and engineering category for his submission “1-D Viscoelastic Response of Blood.” The work focused on the application of mathematics and computer modeling to prove that alternating suction pressure could be used to remove blood clots in stroke patients.

“Attending the ABCRMS conference provided me with an opportunity to meet students from around the country who share my background, and who were also conducting ground-breaking research at their institutions,” said Ariyo. “The conference was a significant source of inspiration in solidifying my decision to pursue a career in biomedical engineering.”

Amanda Craine, also a sophomore with an interest in biomedical engineering, added, “My time at ABRCMS was one of the most beneficial experiences I have had in my undergraduate career. The many events provided us with dozens of opportunities to interact with peers and professionals—experiences that allowed me to envision my own potential as a researcher in STEM, and that has solidified my decision to pursue a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering.”

Other student attendees and presenters from the College of Engineering included Julie Harrer and Kandice Pettaway and Eberly College of Science students Jonathan Kizer, Andrea Gade, and Idan Kantor.

ABCRMS, which was started in 2000, is sponsored by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, Division of Training, Workforce Development and Diversity and managed by the American Society for Microbiology. 

 

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"Attending the ABCRMS conference provided me with an opportunity to meet students from around the country who share my background, and who were also conducting ground-breaking research at their institutions."

 
 

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