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Biochemistry student recognized at national research conference

By Kristina Kenney
University News Service
December 10, 2012

Adam Contreras

Adam Contreras

Texas State University biochemistry student Adam Contreras was recently recognized at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) as one of 25 students who received awards for their developmental biology and genetics research.

The conference, held Nov. 7-10 in San Jose, Calif., is the largest professional conference of its kind in the nation and is designed to encourage underrepresented minority students to pursue advanced training in the biomedical and behavioral sciences, including STEM disciplines.

More than 3,400 people attended the event, including approximately 2,100 students, 550 faculty and program directors and 540 recruiters for graduate and summer research programs. More than 1,700 students presented their research in 12 subdisciplines of the biomedical and behavioral sciences before the final 25 were chosen to receive awards. Undergraduate and postbaccalaureate presentations were evaluated by active-researcher scientists.

Last summer, Contreras was selected for a National Science Foundation research internship at the University of Oregon, where he conducted the research that he presented at ABRCMS last month. He is also a member of Texas State’s Houston-Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Scholars Program (H-LSAMP), which is an NSF-funded program in the College of Science and Engineering. Structured as a community of scholars, H-LSAMP is designed to substantially increase the number of students graduating with baccalaureate degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, particularly students from diverse backgrounds.

ABRCMS is managed by the American Society for Microbiology and supported by a grant from the Division of Training, Workforce Development and Diversity of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences at the National Institutes of Health.

For more information about the conference, please visit www.abrcms.org.