A Message from Kathleen Plinske, President, Osceola, Lake Nona, and Poinciana Campuses
Congratulations to Osceola Campus student Faith Sauber for receiving first place in the Fall 2018 Undergraduate Research Showcase.
Under the guidance of her faculty mentor Professor of Biology Dheeraj Verma, Faith’s research centered on the comparison of mitochondrial genomes of economically important land plants. This research was conducted through the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Program. LSAMP is National Science Foundation-funded project focused on reducing the diversity gap in STEM fields and increasing the number of underrepresented minority students who complete associates degrees and enroll in bachelor’s degree programs in a STEM major.
During the undergraduate research showcase, Faith, along with 17 other students and student groups, shared their ongoing research projects with members of the Orlando community. Participating students networked with fellow researchers and interacted with faculty members from both Valencia College and the University of Central Florida. Close to 100 faculty, students and community members came together to share in the end-of-term presentations.
Congratulations to the other winners as well:
- Second place — Chemiluminescence in Lophine and Other Substituted Imidazoles: Current Clinical and Non-Clinical Applications and Potential Future by students Megan Dowdell, Lisa Harrison and Elijah Searle
- Third place — The Hidden Energy in Rainfall by student Esteban Benero, LSAMP Scholar