NIU biology student wins ‘Presentation Award’ at biomedical research conference in San Jose

Mischelle Nelson

Mischelle Nelson

NIU senior biological sciences major Mischelle Nelson recently won a Presentation Award at the 2012 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) in San Jose, Calif.

Nelson attended the conference to present research she conducted in the laboratory of Narayan Hosmane, a Board of Trustees Professor of chemistry at NIU.

“I gave a poster presentation on the synthesis of hybrid graphene h-Boron Nitride nano material,” Nelson said. “It was an amazing opportunity to network and learn more about research programs in the biomedical field.”

The Presentation Award was given to about 10 percent of undergraduates and post-graduates who presented.  Presenters were judged on their poster presentations, information about their research and knowledge of the topic.

ABRCMS is the largest, professional conference for biomedical and behavioral students, including mathematics, attracting about 3,300 individuals, including 1,700 undergraduate students, 400 graduate students and postdoctoral scientists and 1,200 faculty, program directors and administrators. Students from more than 350 U.S. colleges and universities attend this conference, now in its 12th year.

While attending the conference, Nelson was able to hear internationally known speakers and even met former U.S. Assistant Surgeon General Susan Blumenthal, who talked about “Global Health Challenges and Opportunities of the 21st Century.”

Nelson will graduate this month with a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences and a minor in chemistry.

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