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You made it
We hope you have a wonderful break filled with lots of joy, love and rest!
Please let us know if we can help you prepare for the spring and start off your semester strong!
See you next semester!
-L@s GANAS Staff
The Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS)
Corazon Avila: Tell us about yourself (year, major, overall interests, what you are involved in: Year: Junior Major: Biological Sciences Minor: Spanish for the Professions Overall interests: Breast & Cervical Cancer Research & Cancer Health Equity Research Involvement: GPPA Medical Scholars Program, L@S Ganas Mentor, Medicina Scholars, Vice President of the Medical Social Equity Initiative (MSEI), ICAN! Community Advisory Board Member, LASURI, Chicago EYES on Cancer alumni Research Topic: My research was focused on using image-based guidance, specifically magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), to locate regions of aggressive cancer in human tissue samples of breast cancer to improve current models used to study and treat breast cancer. How did you get involved in your research? I got involved in research through the Chicago EYES on Cancer Program at the University of Chicago. It is a two-year program that incorporates career and professional development with summer research experiences. For the past two years, I worked in the Karczmar lab, which focuses on how we could use and improve current imaging methods to detect breast cancer, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computerized tomography (CT). What motivated you to present at a conference? I was motivated to present at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) conference because I wanted to showcase the science I had been working diligently on all summer. It was exciting to have the opportunity to be able to talk to others about what I worked on in the lab and I wanted to learn and practice how to most effectively present scientific information in a way that is understandable to those outside of the field. This is an important skill because eventually, I will have to do this with patients I will encounter in the future. What advice do you have for new L@s GANAS Students? Get involved in research! Not only is it a fantastic way to explore scientific concepts outside the classroom, but such a rewarding experience to have worked on and completed a research project. What I love most about research is that it puts you at the forefront of scientific discovery—you have the opportunity to find out new information that no one else has. Award information: I won a poster award in the Cell Biology category for the conference and was granted $300. I attached my poster as a pdf. A link to a list of all presentation awardees could be found here: https://www.abrcms.org/index.php/program/2021-presentation-awardees
My name is Alfredo Lopez, I'm a pre-med senior. My major is Biology MCOB concentration and I am also working on a psychology minor. In my free time I enjoy cooking, exploring the city, and playing guitar. In my lab, I'm working on cancer biology. More specifically, we are doing research on ovarian cancer. Also, I volunteer as a health advocate for an organization that supports asylees and asylum seekers, as well as interpreting medical appointments at Community Health. I am also looking forward to starting getting more involved in school organizations for the upcoming semesters. I got involved in research for the first time through L@S Ganas research fellowship. I have always been in love with biology and thanks to this program I have the opportunity to finally understand and be part of the process of using all the knowledge that I have obtained in college to conduct experiments, to read research papers, to interpret data, and to share what I have worked on through presentations. I am fortunate to have the support from all the instructors, mentors, and transition coaches from L@S Ganas. In our meetings, professor Aixa and Bernie have mentioned to us that we have the support from the organization to be part of annual conferences such as ABRCMS or SACNAS. I also received the support, encouragement to practice, and encouragement to apply for all the opportunities I can from my PI, Dr, Burdette, and lab mentor, Dr, Russo. My advice for the new L@S Ganas students is to be always looking for new opportunities to grow not only as a professional but also as an individual, and make sure that you enjoy the process!
Alfredo's presentation

Science Chats continue Spring 2022!

Students have requested a time and place to gather to chat about their experience and share potential opportunities in the UIC Science Community. We had 5 sessions this semester and we had a great time hosting a space for students to connect. 
Check out the new dates below! 

Science Chats RSVP
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Homeland Security Summer Research Info
University of New Mexico Undergraduate Pipeline Network
Application for Nursing Undergraduate Research Assistants
Summer Health Professions Education Program
2022 DOE Scholars Program

Technology Transition Entrepreneurship Program

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Technology Transitions (OTT) Entrepreneurship Program, which provides students with both a stipend and great opportunities for learning and networking.
Learn more here or contact OTT-EP@orise.orau.gov  The application is available through Zintellect and is due January 3, 2022.

CIM²AS Summer Research Internship applications are now open for 2022. Please distribute this flyer to any students you feel might be interested. Click here for more information
Freshwater Lab Internship Course
LARES Math ASP COurses
LARES ASP Writing Course
Emergency Funding for UIC Students

U & I Emergency Fund 

This fund provides temporary, short-term financial assistance to currently enrolled students who are unable to meet essential expenses due to a temporary or unexpected hardship. This emergency funding program is designed to offer financial assistance to students in the form of one-time awards (typically not exceeding $1000). Please be prepared to show documentation supporting claims. 
Examples of expenses typically covered: overdue rent, eviction, medical emergencies, safety needs. For more information click here
The application can be found here
Talk to your transition coach, advisor, or program coordinator for additional aid opportunities.
COVID Resources
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