UTSA biomedical engineering student and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society member Jasmine King recently delivered at 2016 SACNAS: The National Diversity in STEM Conference in Long Beach, CA. At the conference, the judges recognized King’s work, titled “Crispri Knockdown for Targeted Analysis of Cardiomyocyte (CM) Maturation,” as a standout among the student presentations, and selected her to receive one of the 2016 SACNAS Student Presentation Awards.
“This is wonderful news,” said Joo Ong, College of Engineering associate dean for administration and USAA Foundation Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering. “We are really proud of Jasmine and the work that she has done in our lab.”
SACNAS is a society of scientists dedicated to fostering the success of Chicano/Hispanic and Native American scientists—from college students to professionals—to attain advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in science. This year, the National Conference gathered over 4000 students and professionals. Taking place over three days, the conference showcased both undergraduate and graduate student presentations, offered scientific symposia, keynote addresses, professional development sessions, and a grand exhibit hall in which students interacted with over 300 exhibitors representing colleges and universities across the nation.
“All of Jasmine’s hard work is certainly paying off,” said Edwin Barea-Rodriguez, Director of the NIH-funded UTSA Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) training program, in which Jasmine is a trainee. “She is a great representative for the MARC program and UTSA.”
In addition to these activities, the conference was also an opportunity for students to present their research in a professional setting. This year, over 1000 posters and oral presentations were delivered at the conference. Each year SACNAS receives comments from attendees highly impressed by the caliber of student research. SACNAS undergraduate and graduate students consistently present research that surpasses expectations in their respective categories.
According to SACNAS representatives, King’s communication skills and command of the research topic were exemplary. The group recognizes the hard work, dedication, and sacrifice necessary for a student to standout from their fellow presenters.