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Scholar Presents Research at Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students

Published: Monday, 06 Nov 2017
Author: The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program
Department: Office of the Dean

Undergraduate Scholar Nana Abena Anti ('18) was selected to speak at this year's Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) in Phoenix, Arizona from November 1-4. The biochemistry and molecular biology senior presented on research conducted during her internship at the Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research (NIBR) Infectious Diseases Bacteriology in California.

"My internship at NIBR was a 10-week research training opportunity in drug discovery, under the supervision of scientists," Anti said. "My research findings provided new insight for understanding of Gram-negative bacterial biology by investigating the mechanism of resistance to a known class of antibacterial agents."

Throughout her internship, Anti developed her skills in experimental techniques, data analysis and reporting, and the practical application of scientific concepts. Though she presented her research findings to the wider NIBR community at the close of her internship, Anti felt that attending the conference would allow her to further develop her skills.

"I submitted my abstract for a poster presentation and was accepted by ABRCMS. I wanted to present at this conference because I knew it would help me to improve my communication skills as a scientist," Anti said. "I was also eager to learn about the kinds of research being done by other students like myself around the country."

The Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students is a conference designed to promote the professional development of undergraduate students as future scientists. Hosting thousands of students and higher education faculty, administrators and researchers, the conference served as an effective platform for Anti to share her research and interact with the scientific community.

"Though I feel lucky to have had the opportunity to share my research, the conference was about so much more than that," Anti said. "Because the conference was attended by about 2,000 students, research faculty, and graduate school program directors, I was also able to explore graduate school opportunities while expanding my scientific and professional network."

Visit the ABRCMS website to learn more about their annual conference: http://www.abrcms.org/