Summer undergrad research conference to be held at URI August 3

Approximately 200 student researchers, faculty and administrators who are part of the Rhode Island Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program will hold their annual conference at The Ryan Center on the University of Rhode Island’s Kingston Campus on Monday, August 3, from 8 a.m. to noon. The program is a collaboration of the Rhode Island Idea Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (RI-INBRE) and the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (RI EPSCoR).

Rhode Island’s lieutenant governor, Elizabeth Roberts, will give the welcoming address at the conference.

Attending the retreat will be graduate and undergraduate students, postdoctoral fellows, scientists, investigators, administrators and faculty members representing the University of Rhode Island, Brown University, Providence College, Rhode Island College, Roger Williams University, Salve Regina University and the Community College of Rhode Island.

The conference is the culmination of a 10-week Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program. There were over 80 fellowships awarded throughout the state of Rhode Island. Each fellow will be presenting the results of his or her summer research project in the form of a scientific poster.

The purpose of these fellowships is to gain valuable research experience in order to prepare for a career in the biomedical or life sciences fields. During the course of the program, each fellow participated in individual research projects that were mentored by a faculty member. Training included hands-on use of state-of-the-art laboratory instrumentation, group instruction in scientific ethics, laboratory safety, laboratory notebook keeping and presentation of research results.

Areas of research conducted during the summer include toxicology, cell and molecular biology, medicinal chemistry, pathology, pharmacognosy, pharmacology, genomics, proteomics and marine life sciences.