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2021 SCASM Virtual Student/Educator Meeting

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Student News from SCASM's 83rd Annual Meeting

The SCASM Student Activities and Outreach Committee would like to thank all the students in attendance at the SCASM 83rd Annual Meeting in La Jolla, CA. In addition to participating in the SCASM Collegiate Poster Session, we hope that the meeting was time well spent learning and networking with your peers, while also gaining new knowledge from our speakers on topic about microbiology and professional development. SCASM is pleased to continue the tradition of providing a forum to support student research, promote learning and student engagement. We value student involvement, and as an organization we are working to make the student experience more meaningful.

Recap— The students bustled in to an early morning start on Saturday, October 26th at the Hyatt Aventine in La Jolla, CA. Poster set-up and registration began at 6:30 AM, followed by breakfast and a quick meet and greet with Dr. Andrew Bankston, the Program Manager for the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute. At 9:00 AM students convened for a 1-hour career development workshop titled: “A Journey of Skill Exploration and Communication”. The workshop was conducted by Dr. Nisha Cavanaugh and Heather Dillion MSc. of the Torrey Pines Training Consortium, and was designed to help students identify and effectively articulate their key skills on professional documents such as a resume, CV and LinkedIn.

Between poster judging and speed talk presentations, students attended an industrial microbiology lecture with a self-explanatory title: “Microbes Fueling the Future: On the Road to Sustainable Production of Fuels and Chemicals from Biomass” by ASM Secretary, Dr. Timothy Donohue, the Interim Director of Wisconsin Energy Institute at the University for Wisconsin- Madison, and Director of Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center.

Meeting attendees endlessly praised the poster session participants for their enthusiasm and high caliber of research. After a half hour lunch, students removed their posters from display and waited eagerly for the announcement of the SCASM 2019 Collegiate Poster Session winners.

Please join us in congratulating the SCASM 2019 Collegiate Poster Session winners, Rhiannon Abrahams, Nastassia Parker and Kristina Bergersen. Each winner will receive a travel grant to attend and present their posters at ASM Microbe 2020 on June 18-22 in Chicago, IL. For more information about ASM Microbe use the following link,

Winners of the SCASM 83rd Annual Meeting Collegiate Poster Session

Scasm Poster Winners

Winners of the SCASM 83rd Annual Meeting Collegiate Poster Session:

SCASM 2019 Collegiate Poster winners with SCASM President Jennifer Dien Bard, PhD, SCASM President-Elect Nicole Green, PhD and SCASM Past-President LaRonda Frazier, MS.

Outstanding Undergraduate Awards (2)

Rhiannon Abrahams
Institution: La Sierra University
PI: Dr. Arturo Diaz
Title: Tubular ER shaping proteins Sey1p and Lnp1 are required for brome mosaic virus replication and proper spherule formation.

Nastassia Parker
Institution: San Diego State University
PI: Dr. Marina G. Kalyuzhnaya
Title: Genetic Analysis of the 5’-Untranslated Regions (UTRs) in Methylomicrobium alcaliphilum, str. 20ZR, a Methane-Utilizing Bacterium.

Outstanding Graduate Awards (1)

Kristina Bergersen
Institution: University of California, Riverside
PI: Dr. Emma Wilson
Title: Neuregulin-1 attenuates neuropathology associated with chronic Toxoplasma gondii infection.

Below is a list of all the academic institutions that participated in the SCASM 2019 Collegiate Poster Session.

California State University, Long Beach
California State University, Los Angeles
California State University, Northridge
California Polytechnic University, Pomona
California State University, San Bernardino
Henry Ford Health System
La Sierra University
Loyola Marymount University
National University
Occidental College
Pomona College
San Diego State University
University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, Riverside
University of California, San Diego

The SCASM 2019 Travel Grants are Sponsored by: Copan Diagnostics, Hologic, Roche Molecular Diagnostics and Southern California Branch of American Society for Microbiology (SCASM)
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