Undergraduate research on display Nov. 2 at San Jacinto College

10.26.2017 | By Jeannie Peng Mansyur

Event will showcase award-winning research from students’ Rice University internships

PASADENA, Texas – Undergraduate research will be on full display on Nov. 2 at San Jacinto College as three students present their findings and share experiences from their 10-week internships with the Rice University Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering Summer Undergraduate Research Program.

The San Jacinto College Student Research Poster Presentation will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. on the San Jacinto College Central Campus, C-19.123. Dr. Joff Silberg and Dr. Rafael Verduzco from Rice University will serve as keynote speakers. Rice University is also an event sponsor along with the Nanosystems Engineering Research Center for Nanotechnology-Enabled Water Treatment.

San Jacinto College students Muhammad Musa, Sara McAda and Marvin Valverde were three of 12 students selected from across the United States to participate in the Rice University Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering Summer Undergraduate Research Program. As research interns, they were assigned mentors to participate in studies that varied from how drugs affect microscopic worms, to proteins that affect bacteria. They also received a stipend and an option to stay in Rice University housing. In addition to time in the labs, the students participated in research discussions over lunch meetings and seminars to discuss topics related to multi-scale bimolecular networks.

Musa researched the Optimization of Reaction Conditions for Copper-Mediated Modification of Peptides Using Design of Experiment. McAda researched Utilizing Mitochondrial Dysfunction in Cancer Therapeutics. Valverde researched the Characterization of Shewanella oneidensis SO0839 Transcription Factor. Valverde and Musa received Outstanding Poster Awards for their work with the Rice University Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering Summer Undergraduate Research Program.

View a full photo gallery of the San Jacinto College students at Rice University:  https://www.flickr.com/gp/sanjacintocollege/d5t7Ca

Watch a San Jacinto College social media video of the students’ Rice University Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering Summer Undergraduate Research Program: https://www.facebook.com/SanJacintoCollege/videos/10155647206036996/


About San Jacinto College 

Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, since 1961. As a fiscally sound institution, the College currently holds bond ratings of AA and Aa2 by Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s, respectively. San Jacinto College is a 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Rising Star Award recipient and an Achieving the Dream Leader College. Approximately 45,000 credit and non-credit students each year benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success. The College offers eight areas of study that prepare a diverse body of students to transfer to four-year colleges or universities or enter the workforce with the skills needed to support the growing industries along the Texas Gulf Coast. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce. 

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