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FSU-RISE Scholar Wins Poster Presentation Competition at the 11th Life & Physical Sciences Research Symposium hosted by North Carolina A&T State University

Justing GrahamNorth Carolina A&T State University hosted the 11th Life & Physical Sciences Research Symposium on Friday, February 13, 2009.  The theme of the program was "Explore, Discover, Become: The Next Generation of Nobel Laureates." Justin Graham, a senior biology major and Fayetteville State University Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (FSU-RISE) scholar, was one of six undergraduates to receive a prize award for winning the poster presentation competition during the symposium.  Justin presented his intramural research entitled, "Voltammetric Behavior of Flavonoid Antioxidants," which was directed by Dr. Shubo Han, Assistant Professor of Chemistry.   Dr. Oliver Smithies, 2007 Nobel Laureate and UNC Chapel Hill Professor of Biology, was the keynote speaker for the symposium.  Dr. Smithies and his colleagues Mario Capecchi and Martin Evans were awarded the 2007 Nobel Prize for their groundbreaking discoveries of the principles for introducing specific gene modifications in mice by the use of embryonic stem cells. The Goal of the symposium was to provide a venue for students and faculty from across disciplines at the university and at various institutions throughout the state to present their research in a public forum.  The objectives of the symposium the symposium were 1) to provide a forum for networking and scientific exchange between faculty scientists and students with researchers on and off the campus; 2) to profile the achievements of students and to inspire them to pursue biomedical research and scientific research careers; 3) to inform the community about health disparities issues; and 4) to provide an opportunity for students to interact with a Nobel Laureate in science. FSU-RISE scholars Shalisa Irby, Karlten Austin, Hubby Buehler, Chidubem Ike, Justin Evans, Ryan Caple along with Dr. Raynor, FSU-RISE Director, also attended the event.

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