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Lehigh Valley campus biology students accepted into prestigious research course

Gonzalez Research
5/19/2014 —

Two more Penn State Lehigh Valley undergraduates have been accepted to participate in a National Institutes of Health-sponsored MSTEM (medicine, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) training course. Samantha Gonzalez and Samely Gonzalez received full scholarships, air fare and lodging to attend Frontiers in Aging and Regeneration Research (FrARR): Translating MSTEM in Aging Research from the Lab to the Clinic and Beyond, from May 11-16, 2014, at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Ga. This course trains and mentors promising junior and senior undergraduates in sophisticated aging research and regenerative medicine technologies, and encourages and supports them as they embark on graduate studies in MSTEM fields.

"Working side-by-side top research scientists in and out of the lab, using state-of-art cell and molecular biology and tissue culture techniques to study stem cells, and delving into the critical thinking that defines present day work in regenerative medicine will empower these young women as they carve out their own careers in medicine," said Jacqueline McLaughlin, associate professor of biology at Penn State Lehigh Valley and faculty mentor to the students. "Moreover, performing real-world research will transform them into problem-solvers who can work to help society address the medical diseases of today."

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