An opportunity to conduct research can be a life-changing event for undergraduates and a life-long passion for graduate students. Thirty-eight University of New Mexico students from four UNM programs, funded by National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation, will present their research Friday, Aug. 12 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the new Science and Math Learning Center.

Student presentations include microbiological studies on paratransgenic strategies for the control of Clostridium difficile, the production of natural products by bacteria to bioengineering of a novel, lipid-based, drug delivery, a computer science project to develop new approaches for studying gene expression in humans and an ecological study of biological control of mosquito larvae populations by larvivorous fish.

This annual symposium is sponsored by Initiatives to Maximize Student Diversity (IMSD), Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC), Post-baccalaureate Research and Education Program (PREP), and Undergraduate Opportunities (UnO) programs. These programs provide research opportunities and mentoring to UNM undergraduates and graduates and prepare students for admission to Ph.D. program and research careers.

For more information visit, 2011 Symposium or contact Maggie Werner-Washburne at 277-9338 or via e-mail,

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