Scientists Give Time, Effort to Support Physical Sciences and Mathematics Research by Young Scientists at National Research Conference

January 5, 2011 at 1:53 pm

Spartanburg, S.C. – Dr. Bernard Omolo, associate professor of mathematics at the University of South Carolina Upstate, was one of 16 active-researcher educators who participated in the 2010 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), held November 10-13, in Charlotte, N.C. ABRCMS, the largest professional event of its kind in the nation, is designed to encourage underrepresented minority students to pursue advanced training in the biomedical and behavioral sciences, including mathematics; it also provides faculty with resources for facilitating these students’ success.

The four-day conference recorded its highest participation numbers ever in 2010. More than 3,200 people attended, including approximately 2,000 students, 600 faculty and program directors, and 500 recruiters for graduate and summer research programs. Of the attendees, more than 1,400 students participated in poster and oral presentations in 10 subdisciplines of the biomedical and behavioral sciences. All undergraduate student presentations were judged by three separate scientists, and 157 students with the highest scores in each scientific discipline and for each educational level received monetary awards. The ABRCMS judging program is rigorous, and the contributions of these scientists — all volunteers — toward encouraging student research and achievement helped make this year’s conference one of the best yet.

ABRCMS is managed by the American Society for Microbiology and supported by a grant from the Minority Opportunities in Research Division of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences at the National Institutes of Health. The conference was recently lauded by the New York Times, which stated that America “can learn a lesson” from ABRCMS students. For more information, visit www.abrcms.org.