Six Fayetteville State University Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (FSU-RISE) Scholars attended the Fifth Annual Louis Stokes Mississippi Alliance for Minority Participation (LSMAMP) National Research Symposium held October 6 & 7, 2008 at Jackson State University, Jackson, Mississippi. The purpose of the event was to exhibit research projects conducted by graduate and undergraduate students across the country. With over ninety students participating in the poster and oral competition, Justin Evans received the third place award of $100 cash prize in the undergraduate oral competition category. Justin is a sophomore biology major and first-year FSU-RISE Scholar. His research entitled, “Prostaglandin E2 Activates Rap-1 and the Extracellular Signal Regulated Kinase (ERK) in Human Endothelial Cells” was conducted at the Signal Transduction Laboratory, Methodist Research Institute in Indianapolis, IN. Oral and poster presentations were also made by David Ahlstrom, Ryan Caple, Karlten Austin, Chidubem Ike, Hubby Buehler, all of whom are scholars in the FSU-RISE program. RISE scholars were also exposed to professional development workshops, and a plethora of speakers and recruiters who provided invaluable information of summer research opportunities and steps for getting accepted into high-quality doctoral programs.
Pictured left to right: RISE scholars- David Ahlstrom, Karlten Austin, Ryan Caple, Hubby Buehler, Chidubem Ike, Justin Evans (oral presentation winner), and Director, FSU-RISE, Dr. James E. Raynor, Jr.