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BSC Student Sasha Richmond Participates as Exhibitor in Undergraduate Research Day at the State Capitol

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    Thursday, February 16 2012
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sasha richmond(Bluefield)—Sasha Richmond, a student at Bluefield State College, participated in the ninth annual Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol in Charleston, WV. The event was developed to help demonstrate to members of the State Legislature and Executive Branch the importance of undergraduate research by talking directly with the students whom these programs impact.

Richmond was also among a contingent of BSC students to take part in last summer's West Virginia Idea Network Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) Summer Symposium at Marshall University. Her enthusiasm for scientific research has grown under the guidance of Dr. Tesfaye Belay, Associate Professor of Biology at BSC.

"When I arrived at BSC, I didn't know much about research," she recalled. "Dr. Belay was my advisor. When he learned that I was a Health Science & Technology Academy (HSTA) graduate, he encouraged me to give research a try."

"My experience really impacted my career plans," she continued. "I wanted to get involved in some aspect of medicine, but didn't know at the time exactly where I wanted to go within the field. Now I know I want to be involved in research."

Richmond also sees the benefit of the experiences she has obtained through participation in WV-INBRE. "I learned that quality research demands a thorough approach. At last summer's symposium, I recognized that the quality of our research and our understanding of research processes and protocols really compares favorably with that at other schools," she observed.