Fatumata Seay ABRCMS 2014Fatumata Seay ABRCMS 2014Congratulations to UAB post-baccalaureate Fatumata Sesay, who is one of 22 students to receive awards for neuroscience research presented at the 2014 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students. ABRCMS, one of the largest professional conferences of its kind in the nation, is designed to encourage underrepresented minority students and students with disabilities to pursue advanced training in the biomedical and behavioral sciences, including STEM disciplines. It also provides faculty with resources for facilitating student success. 

ABRCMS' 2014 conference was held Nov. 12-15, 2014, in San Antonio, Texas. Approximately 3,600 people attended, including 2,270 students, 510 faculty and program directors, and 610 recruiters for graduate and summer research programs. More than 1,700 of the attending students participated in poster and oral presentations in the 12 subdisciplines of the biomedical and behavioral sciences. All undergraduate and post-baccalaureate presentations were evaluated by active-researcher scientists, and the students with the highest scores in each scientific discipline and for each educational level received monetary awards. Twenty-one organizations contributed to the awards of $250 each to 210 students for outstanding research, and the awards for the neuroscience discipline -- sponsored by the Society for Neuroscience and the University of Alabama at Birmingham -- were presented to 22 students. UAB's Sesay was a winner in the poster presentations category.

"I'm extremely proud of the way that the students at ABRCMS are able to explain and defend their research," says conference chair Clifford W. Houston, Associate Vice President for Educational Outreach and holder of the Herman Barnett Distinguished Professorship in Microbiology and Immunology, University of Texas Medical Branch. "By meriting recognition for research excellence, it is especially apparent that these presentation awardees are already on the road to successful careers in science."

ABRCMS 2015 will be held Nov. 11-14 in Seattle. For more information, visit www.abrcms.org.