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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Khalifa Stafford wins award at ABRCMS in Nashville

RISE sophomore Khalifa Stafford has won a poster presentation award in Social and Behavioral Sciences at ABRCMS 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. Her poster, Hadza Hunter Gatherer’s Sugar Intake: Implications for Western Health and Diet, was based on research conducted under the mentorship of Dr. Herman Pontzer in the Department of Anthropology at Hunter College.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Inaugural RISE @ Hunter Newsletter

We are happy to announce the publication of our first newsletter. In addition to highlighting professional and scholarly achievements of current RISE students and alumni, this issue contains interviews with RISE students Elena Pires and Saranna Belgrave, along with a profile of our new professional development coordinator, Christina Medina-Ramirez. It is available for download here.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Six Hunter Students Win Awards at National Science Conference

Six Hunter students, including three students from RISE, have won awards at the 2012 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS). The conference, held November 7-10 in San Jose, California, encourages underrepresented minority students to "persue advanced training and degrees in the biomedical and behavior sciences."

RISE neuroscience students Franklin Lema (Immuno-staining of Targeted Hippocampus CA2 Neurons), Ivan Cohen (Dendritic Localization and Translation of Plasticity-Related Transcripts is Mediated by their 3'-Untranslated Regions), and biochemistry student Steven Cajamarca (Role of the Leaky Neuronal Ryanodine Receptor in Alzheimer's Disease Pathology) were each awarded poster-presentation awards; Mr. Cajamarca received an additional interdisciplinary award.

Information about other Hunter award winners is available here.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Aaron Dolor named a 2012 Salk Scholar

Aaron Dolor, a graduating MBRS-RISE senior with a major in biochemistry and a minor in anthropological linguistics, has been named a 2012 Jonas E. Salk Award recipient. His original research paper, undertaken with his MBRS-RISE mentor and Hunter chemistry professor Charles Drain, explored how the chemical structure of a class of molecules called "porphyrins" related to their physical properties in the presence of radiation. Porphyrins, which form essential parts of chlorophyll and hemoglobin, "can truly be referred to as the energy collector of life", as Professor Drain explains. Dolor especially appreciated the interdisciplinary nature of the research, which draws on and has implications for biochemistry, physics, and technology. This fall, Dolor will be begin his doctoral work at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center, with a special interest in tissue engineering and drug delivery, two fields that, according to Dolor, are "at the heart of biomedical research."

The Minority Biomedical Research Support subprogram of the Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (MBRS-RISE), which began at Hunter College in 2000, is an NIH-funded program designed to increase the number of students from underrepresented groups in biomedical and behavioral research who successfully complete the Ph.D. degree. The program, which is available to both undergraduate and graduate students, provides both financial and professional development support, including pairing students with faculty mentors and assistance in applying to Ph.D. or post-doctoral programs. The MBRS-RISE program has supported underrepresented students earn approximately 75 Ph.D. so far, with more in the pipeline.

Since 1955, the Salk award has been awarded to eight CUNY graduates from the senior colleges judged most likely to make significant contributions in  medicine and medical research. Salk Scholars receive a stipend of $8,000 towards post-baccalaureate students, an opportunity to apply to the summer Salk Institute, and medical diagnostic kits. The namesake of the award, Dr. Jonas Edward Salk, was a CUNY alumnus who developed the first safe and effective polio vaccine.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

RISE Student Aaron Dolor Wins the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship

Aaron Dolor, a junior RISE student, has won the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship. He was exploring “Spanish Language and Literature in Argentina” from December 27-January 25, 2011.  The Gilman Scholarship Program is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State.  Aaron Dolor is majoring in biochemistry and his group’s visited Buenos Aires, where the students explored the capital, and then went on to Mar del Plata, where they stayed at the Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata.  Dolor studied Spanish and took part in excursions to traditional ranches, museums, theaters, and other sites where students practiced conversation and gained a sense of the local culture.


Dolor, who has a 3.89 GPA and hopes to pursue a doctoral degree in the sciences upon graduating from Hunter, is in Hunter’s MBRS-RISE Program (Minority Biomedical Research Support-Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement), which aids undergraduate minority students seeking scientific careers. As an MBRS-RISE student he works in the Hunter chemistry research lab of Dr. Michael Drain—and he also works as a student ambassador in the College’s Welcome Center.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Carolina Salguero Receives the First Rosalyn Yalow Achievement in Science Award

Graduating RISE Program senior Carolina Salguero received the first Rosalyn Yalow Achievement in Science Award, named for Hunter's first physics graduate and one of two women graduates of Hunter to win a Nobel Prize in Medicine.  (Hunter remains the only school in the world with that distinction.)  President Jennifer J. Raab announced the award just days after Yalow's death, at the age of 89.

Like Dr. Yalow, said President Raab, Carolina "beat the odds."  The youngest of eight children growing up in Colombia, Carolina came to the U.S. alone when she was 16, not knowing a word of English but determined to fulfill her dream of becoming a scientist.  Her dream was deferred for several years while she worked full-time to support herself until she could go back to school.  Eventually, she was accepted at Hunter and was supported by the MARC and MBRS/RISE programs - allowing her finally to put on that lab coat.

It didn't take Carolina long to find success.  Her biology research at Hunter led to a summer program at Yale and many awards, including a Jonas Salk Scholarship, CUNY's highest science honor. Carolina graduated in June with a double major in biochemistry and economics - and will soon begin a PhD program in molecular and cell biology at Harvard University.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Hendia Raisa Edmund Awarded Goldwater Scholarship

Hunter College RISE Undergraduate Hendia Raisa Edmund has been awarded a Goldwater Scholarship.

Hendia Raisa Edmund, a junior, has been selected as one of the nation's 278 Barry M. Goldwater Scholars for the 2010/11 academic year. The Goldwater scholarships - established in honor of the late Arizona senator and 1964 Republican presidential candidate - support students who plan to pursue careers in science, mathematics and engineering. Edmund, a biochemistry major with a 3.818 GPA, and a member of the MBRS-RISE program, plans to pursue a PhD and do research in biomedicine, specifically quorum sensing. At Hunter Edmund works as a research assistant in the lab of Chemistry Professor Dixie Goss.

Edmund is the only student from a CUNY college to win a Goldwater scholarship in 2010. This is the second consecutive year that a Hunter student has received this prestigious award.

The Goldwater Scholars were selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,111 mathematics, science, and engineering students who were nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities nationwide. One hundred fifty-six of the Scholars are men, 122 are women, and virtually all intend to obtain a PhD as their degree objective. Seventeen Scholars are mathematics majors, 199 are science and related majors, 53 are majoring in engineering, and 9 are computer science majors. Many of the Scholars have dual majors in a variety of mathematics, science, engineering, and computer disciplines. The one and two year scholarships will cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 per year.