Congratulations to Robin Kaai (in conjunction with Thomas Premeaux) who recently won the Undergraduate Division of the JABSOM Biomedical Sciences and Health Disparities Symposium. By all indications, this is the first time a community college student has won an award at the symposium, let alone the top honor. Robin has taken all of the micro/molecular biology courses on campus and also serves as a Peer Mentor and tutor for the KapCC STEM Program. Thomas is the student lab coordinator for undergraduate research here on campus.
Additionally, these students are not alone in their presentations. Five other students presented their work at JABSOM, as well as at the KapCC SURF event and the Spring INBRE conferences. Students will be also be presenting at the upcoming local ASM (American Society for Microbiology) conference on Saturday and one student will be presenting at the national ASM conference in Colorado over the Summer. Lastly, we also hope to send students to the SACNAS (Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science) and potentially ABRCMS (Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students) events in the Fall semester.