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Cayey UPR's student wins award at Research Conference

Adriana Díaz's certificate (Photo courtesy of: Adriana Díaz's blog at BioMinds)

Adriana Díaz, a student at the University of Puerto Rico in Cayey, was awarded for her research work at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) in Orlando, Florida on November, 2008. During a four day conference, more than 1,200 students participated in poster and oral presentations in ten sub-disciplines of the biomedical and behavioral sciences. Díaz was one of 126 undergraduates who received monetary awards ($250) for their exceptional research work.

The ABRCMS is organized by the American Society of Microbiology (ASM) and supported by an endowment from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. This is the largest professional conference for biomedical students in the United States; more than 2,800 people attended last year's symposium.

Adriana received support for her research by the Amgen Bio-Minds Program (Biotechnology Mentorship Initiative to Develop Scientists Program). Bio-Minds Program is an initiative funded by the Amgen Foundation in collaboration with the University of Puerto Rico. Its goal is to promote undergraduate research in the areas of science and engineering for the advancement of biotechnology.

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