Students mentored by biomolecular faculty present at Posters-at-the-Capitol

students at inaugural Undergraduate Research Posters at the Capitol

A delegation of FIU students from MARC U*STAR and the Quantifying Biology in the Classroom programs showcased their undergraduate research to legislators during the inaugural Undergraduate Research Posters at the Capitol.

The event, hosted by the Florida Undergraduate Research Association in collaboration with Florida State University, brought together student researchers from 15 institutions to showcase their scholarship and creative activity to Florida legislators.

Among those who presented were:

  • Sara Colon, mentee of Yuk-ching Tse-Dinh
    • Poster research: Screening and evaluation of potential cancer therapeutics
  • Alexandra Tchir, mentee of Sharan Ramaswamy
    • Poster research: RNA detection assay
  • Jesenia Perez, mentee of Marcus Cooke
    • Poster research: Investigation of an altered DNA damage response in ovarian cancer cells
  • Nicole Diaz, mentee of Yuan Liu
    • Poster research: Cell adhesion molecule interacts with a cell-signaling pathway gene to affect excretory canal cell development

Tchir conducted some of her research over the summer with faculty at the University of Minnesota. Diaz did part of her research under different mentorship at John Hopkins University.

Undergraduate student research plays a vital role in equipping students for academic success while enhancing their competencies for future opportunities in the workplace. Student researchers provide great contributions in increasing the larger body of knowledge available and also impact state legislators by increasing the visibility and viability of undergraduate research.

The Florida Undergraduate Research Association is a nonprofit organization that aims to promote understanding of research and creative activity across all disciplines.