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Last week, six St. Mark’s STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-and-Mathematics) Fellows were recognized with prizes at the annual Massachusetts State Science and Engineering Fair, with Nia Quinones ‘16 earning top honors. Held on the campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, the Fair showcases the top 300 science and engineering projects from around the state.

On Friday, seven St. Markers spent six hours presenting their projects to five different judges. Quinones, along with fellow Sixth Formers Torie Shakespeare (“Cellular Preparation for Metastasis in Tumor Microenvironment: The Role of Integrin α6β4 in Triple Negative Breast Cancer Stem Cells”), Sean Bellefuille and Matt Sarro ("Affordable Lower-Limb Prosthetics in Developing Countries"), Hannah Fuller (“Optimizing Lipid Production in C. sorokiniana for Biofuel”), Katie Fuller ("A Practical Alternative to Persistent Pesticides in Haiti"), Marisa Permatteo ("Effects on the Maximum Algal Load of Aiptasia pallid"), had all excelled at a regional science fair to qualify for the MIT event.

 On Saturday there was a public exposition of the projects as well as an awards ceremony. Torie, Sean, Matt, Katie, and Marisa all earned Third Level Honors, each receiving a $100 cash award and a book prize from Prentice-Hall. For her project—“Improving The Diagnosis of Human Papillomavirus: A Recommendation for Optimal Tissue Processing of Specimens From West Africa”—Nia earned First Level honors, receiving a $1000 award sponsored by the EMC Corporation. She was also selected as an alternate to the National Youth Science Camp.

Created as part of the Science-Technology-Engineering-and-Mathematics (STEM) inititiative in the SM Strategic Plan 2020, the STEM Research Fellowship program is designed to offer students the chance to further study their own particular area of interest while fostering the real-world skills needed for high level scientific research. Its purpose is to engage students in both independent and collaborative research, work with mentors to develop specific skills, design and perform their own experiments, and incorporate an additional academic discipline into their STEM studies. The benefits of this blending of independent study, practical hands-on learning, and interdisciplinary efforts exemplifies the aims of the Initiative to prepare students for growingly STEM-centered world through both a thorough understanding of inquiry-based scientific research and practiced application of integrated and collaborative problem solving.

The SM STEM Fellowship program is spearheaded by veteran Science teacher Lindsey Lohwater. "We had an extremely successful year,” commented Ms. Lohwater. “Students undertook a broad range of projects and overcame some pretty significant setbacks in order to achieve this impressive level of scholarship. Each of the eight Fellows has helped to further strengthen the program, now in its third year, and for that I am very grateful. I am particularly excited to see what these young science scholars are able to do as they move on from St. Mark's. Hopefully it will involve science!"


Fall 2013

Foreign Policy names Luzuriaga a "Leading Global Thinker of 2013' for HIV research (online)
UMassMedNow, December 12, 2013


Spring 2013

UMass Medical School welcomes Liberian health care leaders (online)
UMassMedNow, June 18, 2013


Summer 2012

Students showcase summer international projects (online
UMassMedNow, August 22, 2012


Spring 2012

President Johnson Sirleaf meets with local Liberians (online)
UMassMedNow, June 3, 2012

Liberian president hails peace: President welcomed at UMass ceremony (online)
The Telegram and Gazette, June 3, 2012

Local Liberian community 'overjoyed' about Sirleaf visit (online)
UMassMedNow, June 1, 2012

Honorary degrees strengthen Commencement tradition (online)
UMassMedNow, May 25, 2012

UMMS faculty forge strong bonds with Liberia (online)
UMassMedNow, May 24, 2012

Documenting the women who brought peace to Liberia (online)
UMassMedNow, May 17, 2012

Students go tropical for infectious diseases rotation (online)
UMassMedNow, April 3, 2012
MOU between UMMS and Hospital Viedma and IDH (Active MOU list)

UMMS faculty witness history in Liberia (online)
UMassMedNow, January 27, 2012

Team of faculty headed to Liberia to work and celebrate (online)
UMassMedNow, January 13, 2012

Nobel Peace Prize winner to give 2012 Commencement Address - Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (online)
UMassMedNew, January 10, 2012


Fall 2011

UMass Medical School to help Liberia: Health care training to be provided for African Country (online)
Worcester Telegram & Gazette, November 2, 2011

Nobel Peace Prize winner has strong ties to UMMS (online)
UMassMedNow, October 7, 2011

Malaria expert Bernard Nahlen to visit UMass Medical School (online)
UMassMedNow, October 4, 2011



Navy Medicine a Force for Global Health (online)
UMassMedNow, June 20, 2011

Library Projects Lending Order to Chaos in Liberia (online)
UMassMedNow, June 14, 2011


FALL 2010

TB Experts Address a Global Scourge (online)
UMassMedNow, Fall 2010

Chancellor Collin's travels in China Cementing Strong Partnerships(online)
UMassMedNow, Fall 2010

Commonwealth Medicine Expands its International Public Health Efforts to Fight TB (online)
UMassMedNow, Fall 2010


WINTER 2009 - 2010

Notes from Haiti (online)
Focus, volume 12, number 8 - March, 2010

Medical School Team Rebuilding Health Care in Liberia (online)
UMassMedNow, March 4, 2010


FALL 2009

UMMS Hosts Chinese Medical Exchange Students (pdficonsmall)
Passport UMass, Fall 2009



Liberia: building toward peace and prosperity (online or pdficonsmall)
Innovations, issue #1, Spring 2009



Luzuriaga appointed associate provost for global health (pdficonsmall)
Focus, volume 11, number 7

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