Student News from SCASM's 80th Annual Meeting
The Southern California Branch of ASM (SCASM) hosted a student science day on Saturday, October 29, 2016 at its 80th annual meeting held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in La Jolla, CA. Forty one students from universities in southern California participated in the collegiate poster session where judges reviewed their posters and asked the presenters questions about their work. Winners of the competition were awarded a travel grant to attend the National 2017 ASM Meeting in New Orleans, LA. Travel grants were funded by bioMerieux, Inc. and by SCASM.
Winners of the SCASM 80th Annual Meeting Collegiate Poster Session:
Candice Cross, Loyola Marymount University. PI Michelle Lum, PhD. Undergraduate award for her poster: Analysis of Exopolysaccharide Production and Nodulation Phenotypes of Non-mucoid rhizobacteria Burkholderia tuberum Transposon Insertion Mutants.
Briana McKnight, UC San Diego. PI Susan Golden, PhD. Undergraduate award for her poster: Elucidating the Mechanism of Circadian Clock Protein KaiC Localization in Synechococcus elongates.
Kaitlin Morgan, CSU Long Beach. PI Mason Zhang, PhD. Graduate level award for her poster: Influence of Human Anti-mannan IgG Subclass Variants and Complement on Host Resistance to Candida albicans.
Other meeting activities included a career session where the students spent time with representatives from industry, public health, clinical Microbiology and research to learn about “a day in the life of” by using a “speed dating” format. Students also visited the vendor booths to learn about various products and their impact on the field of Microbiology.
SCASM is pleased to continue the tradition of providing a forum to support student research and to educate students about various career opportunities within the field of Microbiology.
To learn more about SCASM programs, please visit the Branch website: scasm.org
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