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Six EXITO Scholars and one faculty program director attended the 2017 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students. For many Scholars, this was their first time presenting at a conference and spending time with a national community of people who are passionate about building a diverse biomedical workforce and engaging in meaningful research.
Scholar Laura Aspelund, who attends the University of Alaska Anchorage, won an award for her poster in cell biology!
Scholars also learned more about research training opportunities available through summer research programs and chat with graduate school representatives. EXITO Scholar Deza-Rae Collins shared, “I thought it was a great learning experience that provided tons of information about different types of research as well as an opportunity to network with other students and professionals in the field that made students feel a part of a science community.” Another Scholar, De’Junique Brown shared “It was a wonderful opportunity to connect and engage with peers in our field. I personally learned a lot of information about the graduate school application and interview process.”
We continue to encourage our students to connect across disciplines, research interests, and institutions to build a supportive community that cares about #truediversity in science!