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Scholars travel to San Juan Puerto Rico for annual STEM competition 

G-STEM Co-Director Dr. T. Cássia de Brito Galvão recently traveled with five G-STEM Scholars to the STEM competitions at the 2012 AGMUS Research Symposium in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The symposium was hosted by the Student Research Development Center of the Ana G. Mendez University System.

The Symposium is part of the Model Institutions for Excellence award granted to AGMUS by the National Science Foundation with the goal of increasing the number of minority recipients of bachelor of science degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) through undergraduate research opportunities. 
 
Kendra Hearn, C’2014 (Biology), KaNesha Gillyard, C’2014 (Biochemistry), Jenine McKoy, C’2014 (Dual Degree Engineering & Environmental Sciences), Olivia McReynolds, C’2014 (Biology), and Kymber Rias, C’2014 (Biology), each completed Summer 2012 undergraduate research experiences through AGMUS at prestigious research sites throughout Spain and South Africa including the Centro de Investigaciones del Cancer in Salamanca, Spain (Kendra); the Department of Biotechnology University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa (KaNesha); the Instituto de Automatica Industrial in Madrid, Spain (Jenine); Instituto de Quimica Fisica “Rocasolano” in Madrid, Spain (Olivia); and the Instituto de Parasitologia Lopez-Neira in Granada, Spain (Kymber). These research experiences entitled them to compete in the research symposium.

Spelman College and the G-STEM Scholars were among 374 attendees, 232 undergraduate presentations and 35 universities representing Puerto Rico and US mainland. Jenine’s oral presentation of her summer research entitled Hydrogen Gas from Waste Water: The Study of How Organic Waste Can be Repurposed as Renewable Energy under the guidance of Dr. Galvão, her Spelman mentor and Dr. Domingo Guinea, the foreign research sponsor at the Hydrogen and Renewable Energy Lab of the National Research Council of Spain, received first place.

According Dr. Arratia, the symposium’s chair, her presentation was chosen by the judges to be one of the best in the symposium. Her accolades include a gold medal and a financial award for her hard work.