March 21, 2012

UW Students Participate in National STEM Conference

By Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity

Six University of Washington students presented research and two earned awards at the Emerging Researchers National (ERN) Conference in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), held Feb. 23-25, in Atlanta, Ga. Junior Klondy Canales and senior Thien-Y Le were recognized for their poster presentations in biological sciences.

The all-female student group represented a number of STEM programs on campus including the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity (IMSD), Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP), and UW GenOM Project.

Students from Pacific Northwest LSAMP Alliance institutions Boise State and Portland State also participated.

The ERN Conference in STEM is hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Education and Human Resources Programs (EHR) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) Division of Human Resource Development (HRD).

The goal of the conference is to assist undergraduate and graduate students (who participate in programs funded by the NSF HRD unit) with their science communication skills and help them better understand how to prepare for science careers in a global workforce.

(Back row, left to right) Alexandra Simpson (Portland State), Rebecca de Frates (UW), Klondy Canales (UW), Sheila Edwards Lange (UW VP for Minority Affairs & Diversity). (Front row, left to right) Cynthia Wainaina (UW), Nadya Ali (UW), Thien-Y Le (UW), Jennifer Cross (UW), Jalisa Robinson (Boise State), Adilene Amaro (Portland State).

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