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BSC Student Delegation Participates in National Biomedical Research Conference

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    Tuesday, November 20 2012
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    Six Bluefield State College students presented posters detailing their biomedical research during the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students in San, Jose, CA recently.  Pictured left-to-right are BSC students Sasha Richmond and Danielle Haynes, BSC Associate Professor of Biology Dr. Tesfaye Belay, and BSC students Michael Bowling, Brandon Kirby, Mardochee Isme and (separate picture—BSC student Aja Bayo).      

(Bluefield)—Six Bluefield State College students displayed and discussed their biomedical research at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students in San Jose, CA, November 7-10.

Four of students, Sasha Richmond, Danielle Haynes, Michael Bowling, and Brandon Kirby, performed research focusing on "Stress and Chlamydia Genital Infection in a Mouse Model," and "Long-term Survival of Pseudomonas aeruginosa Under Starvation in Water." at BSC. Additionally, BSC students Aja Bayo and Mardochee Isme presented research findings emerging from their summer internship opportunities at Marshall University and Virginia Commonwealth University.

BSC sophomore Brandon Kirby was among 278 students recognized for receiving the highest scores out of 1600 presenters. Kirby, a Montcalm High School graduate and BSC sophomore, explained. "The conference marked the first time my work had been actively judged. I really enjoyed the opportunity to tell others about my research."

"The conference was very fulfilling for me. I consider the award I received as recognition of Montcalm High School, Bluefield State College, and the state of West Virginia. "The entire Biomedical Research Conference in San Jose was centered on networking," Brandon Kirby explained. "I met some great students and faculty and was really interesting to talk to some outstanding student researchers and learn from some nationally recognized experts in biomedical research. I owe this award to Dr. Belay for the opportunity to do research, my fellow students for all their help, my parents for their support, and God for making all things possible." After graduation from BSC, Kirby plans to apply for admission into an MD/PhD program.

Dr. Belay also expressed appreciation to the West Virginia Idea Network for Biomedical Research Excellence, McNair Scholars Program, Federal Title III/BRACE Program, BSC Office of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, NASA West Virginia Space Grant Consortium, and BSC Office of Research and Sponsored Programs for their support in conjunction with the students' participation in the Biomedical Research Conference.