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(Bluefield)—Nine Bluefield State College students and a BSC faculty member participated in the 2012 annual West Virginia-Idea Network for Biomedical Research Excellence (WV-INBRE) Summer Research Symposium at West Virginia University.
BSC students Yamilee Valmyr, Elisha Martin, Angela Wiker, Daniel Haynes, Michael Bowling, Sasha Richmond and Brandon Kirby developed posters detailing the research they conducted under the supervision of Dr. Tesfaye Belay (BSC Associate Professor of Biology. Their research involved two concurrent investigations—“Stress and Chlamydia Genital Infection in a Mouse Model” and “Long-term Survival of Pseudomonas aeruginosa Under Starvation in Water.”
Additionally, BSC students Mardochee Isme and Kimberly Harding presented findings emerging from their summer research internship opportunities at Marshall University and West Virginia University, respectively. Ms. Isme was also chosen as one of the summer internship students to speak about her summer research at Marshall University.
“Each researcher prepared by reading scientific literature, selecting a topic, formulating hypotheses, designing and carrying out experiments, then presenting a poster,” Dr. Belay explained “These students made significant contributions to advancing the research conducted in our laboratory. The opportunity for me to become a mentor for these student researchers was a very rewarding experience.”
Three summer research internships were funded by the NASA West Virginia Space Grant Consortium. “Our students are very grateful for the support of WV-INBRE and the NASA West Virginia Space Grant Consortium that resulted in summer jobs in research training,” Belay continued. “This is the largest group of BSC students ever to receive summer employment through these research opportunities.”
Photo: Nine Bluefield State College students took part in the 2012 West Virginia-Idea Network for Biomedical Research Excellence Summer Research Symposium at WVU. Pictured with Dr. Tesfaye Belay (fourth from the left), BSC Associate Professor of Biology are (left-to-right) BSC students Yamilee Valmyr, Elisha Martin, Angela Wiker, Dr. Belay, Daniel Haynes, Michael Bowling, Sasha Richmond, and Brandon Kirby