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STEM students attend research conference

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (March 5, 2013) - Tallahassee Community College mathematics professor Dr. Ed Stringer and 15 students from the College recently attended the 3rd annual Florida Undergraduate Research Conference at the University of Florida.
The student attendees are active participants in TCC’s STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Star Program and Florida Georgia Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (FGLSAMP) Program.
The conference is a statewide symposium that brings together undergraduate researchers from all disciplines and fields. Over 400 students attended the conference to share their work with their peers, listen to timely workshops and talk with graduate school recruiters.
TCC students April McCray and Jessica Saintibert participated in the poster session and were able to meet students and share their research from their 2012 Summer Research Internships.
McCray presented "Brookhaven Atmospheric Tracer Sampler: Revision and Fabrication" from her work at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, N.Y.
"The poster session was a great experience for me, and I had the opportunity to share my research with other students from different schools,” said McCray. “I am really inspired to continue to pursue biology because there are so many questions that can be answered with research."
Saintibert presented "Fluidity and Polarity of HIV Mimic Membranes defined by EPR spin-labeling methods" from her work at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory in Tallahassee, Fla.
“The research fair gave me a chance to interact with other students from different schools, learn more about science and network with students from different universities in Florida,” said Saintibert, “I was glad to see that I am doing the same thing (as university students).”
In addition to attending the poster presentations, the students had a chance to learn more about the importance of receiving good grades in their courses and applying for both research-focused internships, as well as ones in the industry.
“The students were amazed at the many different areas of research that were presented,” said Stringer.
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