UGA undergraduate wins award at biomedical research conference

UGA undergraduate wins award at national biomedical research conference

Athens, Ga. – For the second consecutive year, a University of Georgia undergraduate has been honored with a research award for presenting at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students. Sophomore David Mitchell, a pre-business major from Fayetteville, won for his poster presentation in social and behavioral sciences during the four-day conference that was held in Orlando in the fall.

Since his freshman year, Mitchell has been an apprentice with the Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities, administered by UGA’s Honors Program. The program pairs freshmen and sophomores with faculty research mentors who guide them on year-long research projects. Mitchell’s research mentor is social psychology professor Victoria Plaut.

ABRCMS, the largest professional conference for biomedical students, is an annual event organized by the American Society for Microbiology and supported by a grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. Now in its eighth year, ABRCMS is designed to encourage underrepresented minority students to pursue advanced training in the biomedical and behavioral sciences and provide faculty mentors with resources for facilitating the success of these students.

More than 1,200 students participated in poster and oral presentations in ten sub-disciplines of the biomedical and behavioral sciences during the conference and were judged by active researcher scientists. The students with the highest scores in each scientific discipline and at each educational level were given awards during the final banquet. Mitchell was one of 126 undergraduates who received monetary awards of $250 for their outstanding research.

For more information, see the conference web site at http://www.abrcms.org.