Science programs at UNC have a history of awards and recognition, and this year proves no exception.
Five of UNC’s Chancellor’s Science Scholars recently won awards at three different science conferences held in Indianapolis, In., Burlingame, Ca. and San Antonio, Tx. All three conferences work to aid in the diversity of science fields through the presentation of research in a national setting.
Three of the five scholars received awards at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students, a conference which hosts diverse college students conducting STEM-related research every year. This year, over 2,000 students from 350 colleges and universities presented their research during this conference. The other scholars participated in conferences held by the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science and the Sigma Xi Honor Society Student Research Showcase.
“Multiple disciplines across the nation, including Puerto Rico — which I thought was pretty amazing — came together to either do oral presentations or poster presentations. They also had a bunch of grad school students and seniors from med school there to talk to us about potential MD and Ph.D. programs,” said ABRCMS award winner and UNC junior Darius Johnson.
The conferences included the creation of student projects related to scientific research, as well as the presentation of said projects to judges. Along with the projects, students were able to attend lectures and interact with professionals.