Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program closes on a high note
Three fellows shine as poster presentation winners
By Mark L. Shelton
UMass Medical School Communications
|August 9, 2011 |
On Friday, Aug. 5, a group of undergraduate students pursuing degrees around the country who have been on campus for 10 weeks came together to celebrate what they’ve learned on the labs of generous researchers and to soak up a little more inspiration as they head back to finish their college degrees.
SURF poster presentation winners Elizabeth Bosworth of South Dakota State University, Leslie Guadron of CUNY City College of New York and Nikki Rossetti of Wellesley College, pictured with SURF laboratory host and closing ceremony keynote speaker José Lemos, PhD (left) and SURF co-directors Janet Stein, PhD, and Deborah Harmon Hines, PhD(far right).
The closing ceremony tradition of the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program (SURF) gives the students a chance to take a breath after intensive work in research labs across more than a dozen departments and programs, lectures and seminars from faculty and post docs and more than a little racing the clock to finish experiments. Students this year were selected from a pool of 600 applications (the SURF website had more than 50,000 visits during the application period) by students at more than 250 colleges and universities in the U.S., the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Students are supported by the NIH and UMMS, and this year, two fellows were supported by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, which places students in labs of HHMI Investigators in a highly competitive adjunct to the UMMS programs.
One of the highlights of the closing ceremony was the announcement of awards for the poster presentations by each fellow. As determined by a faculty committee, the first place poster was by Nikki Rossetti, a Wellesley College student and Framingham native who worked in the lab of Jeffrey Nickerson, PhD, associate professor of cell biology; second place went to Leslie Guardron, a student at CUNY City College of New York who worked with Mary Munson, PhD, associate professor of biochemistry & molecular pharmacology; and third place to Elizabeth Bosworth, a South Dakota State University junior who worked with the closing ceremony keynote speaker José Lemos, PhD, professor of microbiology & physiological systems and biochemistry & molecular pharmacology.