STEM Students Present, Win at National Conference

Sarah Sadik

Biological Sciences student Sarah Sadik recently returned from the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students in Indianapolis, Indiana with an award for her poster presentation on prostate cancer. Mentored in the laboratory of Dr. Manya Mascareno, associate professor of Biological Sciences, the senior’s poster “Tyrosine Phosphorylation of Hexim1 is Critical for Prostate Cancer Growth” took home the highest score in the cancer research discipline.

Three SUNY Old Westbury students, including Sadik, a resident of Malverne, earned travel stipends from ABRCMS, and from the College’s CSTEP program, School of Arts and Sciences, and Honors College to attend the November conference, present their research and strengthen their professional development skills. In addition to Sadik;

  • Kristelle Pierre, a Biological Sciences student, also mentored by Mascareno, presented "The Role of Hexim1 in Stress Induced Apoptosis In Mouse Embryonic Fibroblast Cell Lines;" and

  • Chemistry and Physics student Ambar Rosario, who worked alongside Dr. Bright Emenike, presented her poster “Catalytic conversion of carbon dioxide into value-added chemical products over Fe2O3 supported catalysts.”

ABRCMS is one of the largest communities of underrepresented minorities in STEM-related fields, with more than over 4,440 attendees from 350 colleges and universities presenting more than 2,000 oral and poster presentations in 12 science, technology, engineering and math disciplines.