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Undergraduate researchers present at national STEM conference

Boise State Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation undergraduate scholars participated in the National Diversity in STEM conference in Portland, Oregon from Oct. 26-28. The event provided the students an opportunity to present their research, network with researchers from across the country and learn about scholarship in various STEM fields.

“I really enjoyed the experience and it will definitely stick with me for a long time. The conference itself was a great opportunity for developing my skills and preparing me for my professional career,” said Alex Soria, a Boise State student who attended and presented a poster.

“Events, such as the conference, allow students to engage with a community of scholars across the country,” said Nico Diaz, senior student initiatives coordinator for the Institute for Inclusive and Transformative Scholarship said. “They are able to showcase their work and become more comfortable sharing their research and accomplishments. They are exposed to additional opportunities they might be able to take advantage of, leading to various professional opportunities.”

The following students participated in the conference:

  • Adam Jaylo
  • Alex Soria – Poster presentation: Generation and Selection of Monoclonal Antibodies Against Toxic Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Environmental Contaminants
  • Andrea Mariles Robles – Poster presentation: The Next Generation of Cancer Treatment: Developing Red Blood Cells Liposomes
  • Soledad Negrete – Panel discussion: Oregon and Idaho Universities and U.S. Geological Survey offer Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Internships focused on Water Resources, Climate Resilience, and Ecosystems Science
  • Emmanuel Vergelin – Poster presentation: Effects of Cu2+ on Voltage-Gating, Memory, and Hysteretic Behaviour of Lysenin Channels

Organized by the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science, National Diversity in STEM is the largest multidisciplinary and multicultural STEM diversity event in the country. The conference includes poster presentations, professional development sessions, keynote talks, career expos, networking breaks and multicultural celebrations and traditions.

Learn more about the LSAMP Scholars Program at Boise State.