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Undergraduate student presents findings at Sigma Xi conference

priscilla san juan_420x315Priscilla San Juan, a BA student in Environmental Science at the University of California Irvine, presented her research findings at the Sigma Xi Annual Meeting & Student Research Conference last month.

Priscilla worked on her research project with Sana Al-Saleh, a second year PhD student in Professor Sturzenbaum’s lab in the Analytical & Environmental Sciences Division over the summer months. Priscilla’s placement was funded by the Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training (MHIRT) programme, which allows U.S. institutions to offer short-term international research training opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students from health disparity backgrounds. The goals of the programme are to provide research training in theoretical modelling, developing hypotheses, data analysis and clinical or lab activities, as well as encouraging students to pursue careers in science and biomedical, clinical, and behavioural health research.

Priscilla presented her findings at the Annual Meeting and Student Research Conference of the Sigma Xi's Scientific Research Society in Kansas City, on 23-25th of October 2015. Her poster entitled ‘The Effects of Perchlorate Exposure on Growth and Lipid Metabolism in the model nematode Caenorhabditis elegans’ won a prize in the Environmental Science Category. Sigma Xi is one of the oldest and largest scientific organizations in the world and has a distinguished history of service to science and society for more than one hundred and twenty five years.

Congratulations Priscilla!