RISE Fellows Win Awards

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Kaitlan Smith participating in a role-playing activity at the end of the keynote address.
Kaitlan Smith (left) participating in a role-playing activity at the end of the keynote address during the North Carolina Academy of Sciences (NCAS) annual meeting at Wake Tech Community College, Raleigh, NC.

Students participating in the Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) Fellows program attended the North Carolina Academy of Sciences (NCAS) annual meeting at Wake Tech Community College, Raleigh, NC, March 23-24, 2018.  Three of the students won awards for their presentations:

Poster presentations:

Cheyenne Lee 1st place in the Botany, Ecology, Environmental Sciences section for her poster entitled “Antimicrobial Effect of St. Joh the Worker Plant Based Native American Tea”; mentor: Conner Sanderfur.

Cora Bright 3rd place in the Cell & Development; Molecular Biology section for her poster entitled “Dissecting the synthetic lethality between htz1 and RPB2-2SL: an analysis of the second site suppressor”; mentor: Maria Santisteban.

Oral Presentation:

Kaitlan Smith 2nd place in Genomics & Physiology division for her presentation entitled “Reducing Alzheimer-type protein accumulation pathology and associated synaptopathogenesis to treat early dementia in a mouse model”; mentor: Ben Bahr.

UNCP RISE is a National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) funded program with the goal of creating a more diverse research work force by preparing undergraduate students from underrepresented groups to be the research scientists of the future, and by supporting and enhancing an atmosphere conducive to undergraduate research in the sciences.