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Undergraduate Student Summer Research Award recipients announced for the 2012 FASEB MARC summer research opportunity program

Bethesda, MD FASEB MARC (Maximizing Access to Research Careers) Program has announced undergraduate student award recipients for the 2012 FASEB MARC Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP). The FASEB MARC Program provide travel and subsistence awards for undergraduate students from underrepresented groups for summer research experiences in the laboratories of FASEB society members who serve as summer research mentors for the students. The FASEB MARC SROP provides funding to cover the travel and subsistence (transportation, lodging, and per diem) expenses for the undergraduate students, and contributes $500 towards the cost for the students' lab expenses. In addition, travel award funding is also available later in the year for the SROP students and their summer research mentors to participate in the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) or an annual meeting of one of the FASEB member societies.

This year the FASEB MARC Program is sponsoring summer research experiences for 48 undergraduate students at 12 SROP host institutions for a total of $182,431. Thirty-six SROP mentors representing 12 FASEB member societies will be providing summer research experiences for the students over a ten-to-twelve-week period.

The FASEB MARC Program is funded by a grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, National Institutes of Health. A primary goal of the MARC Program is to increase the number and competitiveness of underrepresented minorities engaged in biomedical and behavioral research.

2012 FASEB MARC Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP)

List of SROP Host Mentors and FASEB MARC-Sponsored Undergraduate SROP Students

Howard University University
SROP Mentor: Georges Haddad [ASIP member]
SROP Student: Krystal Ealy, Syracuse University

Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute
SROP Mentor: Dr. Marcelo Jacobs-Lorena [GSA member]
SROP Student: Thomas Riley, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Marshall University
SROP Mentor: Dr. Lawrence M. Grover [APS member]
SROP Student: Kelyn Pittman, Kennesaw State University
SROP Mentor: Dr. Nalini Santanam [ASBMB member]
SROP Student: Franklin Woode, Princeton University

New York University
SROP Mentor: Dr. Chiye Aoki [APS member]
SROP Student: Laura Bustamante, University of Pennsylvania
SROP Student: Melanie McNutt, Hampton University
SROP Student: Bianca Sigel, Tulane University

Rutgers University
SROP Mentor: Dr. Charles Roth [BMES member]
Orlando Barbosa, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus
SROP Mentor: Dr. Victor Jin [AFMR member]
Kevin Chavez, Stony Brook University
SROP Mentor: Dr. Alberto Cuitino [SDB member]
Jonathan Colon, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus
SROP Mentor: Dr. Emanuel DiCicco-Bloom [HCS member]
Alejandra Laureano, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus
SROP Mentor: Dr. Derek B Sant'Angelo [AAI member]
Crystal LeBlanc, Belmont University
SROP Mentor: Dr. Alan Goldman [SDB member]
Jose Martinez, Cornell College
SROP Mentor: Dr. Alberto Cuitino [SDB member]
Kevin Ortiz, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus
SROP Mentor: Dr. Edward Selby [SDB member]
Andres Ramirez, Cornell University
SROP Mentor: Dr. Mladen Roko Rasin [SDB member]
Taylor Vega, University of California, Berkley
SROP Mentor: Dr. Stavroula Sofou [BMES member]
Justin Womack, University of Wisconsin, Madison

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
SROP Mentor: Dr. Maureen McGargill [AAI member]
Ronald Valencia, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
SROP Mentor: Dr. Fatima Rivas [AFMR member]
Rachel Primacio, University of California, San Diego
SROP Mentor: Dr. Andrew M. Davidoff [AFMR member]

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital (continued)
Nicholas Thackaberry Gamboa, Gonzaga University
SROP Mentor: Dr. Richard Webby [AFMR member]
Ira Tigner Jr., Tuskegee University
Alexandria Broadnax, Dillard University

State University of New York at Buffalo
SROP Mentor: Dr. Derek Daniels [APS member]
Charity Bouyer, St. Johns University
SROP Mentor: Dr. Rajendram V. Rajnarayanan [ASPET member]
Joshua Legette, Tougaloo College
Donteeno Todd, Tougaloo College
SROP Mentor: Dr. Samir Haj-Dahmane [ASPET member]
Shukri Dualeh, University of Rochester
SROP Mentor: Dr. Margarita Dubocovich [ASPET member]
Angelica Rivera Gonzalez, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus
SROP Mentor: Dr. Aiming Yu [ASPET member]
Brittney Browne, Fordham University
SROP Mentor: Dr. James Olson [ASPET member]
Danielle Forde-Riddick, Medgar Evers College - CUNY
SROP Mentor: Dr. Fraser Sim [ASPET member]
Kirsti Gilmore, Albany State University
SROP Mentor: Dr. Marilyn Morris [ASPET member]
Sharlene Robles, University of Puerto Rico, Aguadilla Campus
SROP Mentor: Dr. Maria Laura Feltri [SDB member]
Georgina Kemeh, City College of New York
SROP Mentor: Dr. Stewart Clark [ASPET member]
Diara Santiago-Gonzalez, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus
SROP Mentor: Dr. Caroline Bass [ASPET member]
Victoria Valdez, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

University of Maryland Baltimore County
SROP Mentor: Dr. Michael Summers [ASBMB member]
SROP Student: Janae Baptiste, University of West Florida
SROP Student: Joshua Brown, University of West Florida
SROP Student: Olaniyan Jamal Cash,

Morehouse College
SROP Student: Mateo Hernandez, University of South Florida
SROP Student: Angelica McIntyre, The University of Southern Mississippi
SROP Student: Kamil Payano Sosa, Pennsylvania State University
SROP Student: Christy Taylor, University of Miami
SROP Student: Alexander Vega, University of West Florida

University of Tennessee Health Science Center
SROP Mentor: Dr. Ionnais Dragatsis [APS member]
SROP Student: Lavoryette Cannon, Xavier University
SROP Mentor: Dr.Kafait U. Malik [ASBMB member]
SROP Student: David Montanez, Vanderbilt University

University of Oregon
SROP Mentor: Dr. Scott Bridgham [ISCB member]
SROP Student: Tera Johnson, Skidmore College

University of Rochester
SROP Mentor: Dr. Lisa Opanashuk [TS member]

SROP Student: Kaitlyn Jefferson, University of South Dakota

Washington University in St. Louis
SROP Mentor: Dr. Shelia Stewart [ASBMB member]
SROP Student: Adrian Rivera, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus


Contact: Jacquelyn Roberts
Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology

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