Six students who completed projects this past summer as part of the KS-LSAMP Research Immersion: Pathways to STEM (RiPS) program attended the Emerging Researchers National (ERN) Conference in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) held in Washington DC on February 25-27, 2016. The ERN conference is hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Education and Human Resources Programs (EHR) and the Nation Science Foundation Division of Human Resources Development (HRD). The conference is student-focused with an emphasis on college and university undergraduate and graduate students. One objective of the conference was to help students improve their communication skills. This was evident by the number of student presenters with about 600 undergraduate and graduate student abstracts for oral and poster presentations.
Five of the six RiPS students received travel awards from the ERN conference to present their summer research at the conference. These awards covered their airfare, lodging and additional travel expenses.
Maria Montes (Garden City Community College) presented the poster titled “Surface Expression of Membrane Proteins Detected Using ELISA-based Luminometric Assay”. Maria’s K-State summer mentor was Peying Fong, Department of Anatomy and Physiology.
Ruben Pando (Seward County Community College) presented the poster titled “Identification of Specific Genes Involved in Proteasome Autophagy”. Ruben’s K-State summer mentor was Jeroen Roelofs, Department of Biology.
Andrew Ortiz (Seward County Community College) presented the poster titled “Modeling Lighting Systems Using AIG32”. Andy’s K-State summer mentor was Fred Hasler, Department of Architectural Engineering and Construction Science.
Nantiporn (Kate) Inchun (Garden City Community College) presented the poster titled “Characterization of the Interactions Between Model RNA, Protein, and Bio-relevant Nanoparticles”. Kate’s K-State summer mentor was Robert DeLong, Department of Anatomy and Physiology.
In additional to research presentations, the conference offered professional development workshops as well as several opportunities for students to attend an exhibitor fair. This fair included representatives from academic, government and non-profit sectors. Also attending the conference were Brenee King, KS-LSAMP project coordinator and Arthur Nonhof, Instructor of Biology at Garden City Community College.
The RiPS program is an 8-week summer program hosted by the Kansas Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (KS-LSAMP). One goal of this summer program is to increase participation of underrepresented students in STEM fields by introducing them to the process of science as well as the university-atmosphere.