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In This Issue:

PRISM Re-Launches Web Site!

The PRISM website has gotten a much needed make-over and is ready for visitors! In the coming months, you will find all sorts of added goodies for you and your students: new equipment highlights, conference attendance reports, expanded profiles for each of you and much, much, more! You can still find the usual necessities like funding information, student proposal and poster guidelines, hours, and applications. Moving forward, we will rely heavily on the website for getting information out to our students and mentors, maybe even more so than our newsletters and Facebook page. So why not bookmark it now and become a regular visitor?

Dates to Know

April 14-22:                
-  Spring break
April 17:       
-  Student trip to American Museum of
    Natural History

April 16: 
-  Symposium poster submission deadline for
    high-quality printing and seniors for contest

April 23:               
-  Symposium poster submission deadline

April 24:               
-  Microscope Day (Click for flyer)  

April 30:                  
-  Carol DeForest Research Grant deadline
May 1: 
-   PRISM Symposium
May 3:               

-   ACS Student Symposium
May 7:               
-   Seminar Series – “Forensic Science and
    Anti-Terrorism Investigations”

Symposium Attendance and RSVP 

We hope that every mentor is able to join us for our 7th annual PRISM Symposium on Thursday, May 1.  If you have not RSVP’d yet, please do so immediately so that we have an accurate count for seating and catering.

Speaking of catering, if you do not plan to stay for dinner, please say so in your RSVP. We are assuming that you will be attending everything, unless we hear otherwise. If you misplaced your invitation, you can find the pertinent information here

As always, we encourage your attendance at this event, particularly mentors. Your presence demonstrates to the students and their families the high esteem you have for your mentees and their work.  

Congratulations to Our Distinguished PRISM Seniors!

We are so proud of our seniors who have received graduate school acceptances and want to share the good news with our entire PRISM community.  Please join us in congratulating the following students:
  • Chantal Adlam will accept an offer to attend Stony Brook University's PhD program in Chemistry.
  • Joshua Angeles will pursue his Master’s in Nursing at Stony Brook University, specializing in oncology.  
  • Mei Lan Chen will accept an offer to attend Kellogg School of Science and Technology at The Scripps Research Institute for their Immunology Doctoral Program.
  • Stacey Ishmail will accept an offer to attend George Washington University to earn her Master's of Forensic Science in Forensic Chemistry.
  • Zully Santiago will accept an offer to be part of the Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology PhD program at The CUNY Graduate Center. 
  • Sudip Ulak was accepted to the University of Albany, University of Central Florida, Florida International University and West Virginia University for their Doctorate in Computer Science programs.  He is still deciding where to attend.


Summer Research Proposals Due in June; Need New Mentees?

Reach out to us soon if you are in the market for new summer mentees. We have graduates of the January training session who are eager to get started this summer. Guidelines, submission deadline and submission procedures will all be posted on the new website and in the May newsletter.

Scholarship Opportunities for Your Students

Your students may be eligible for two scholarships from the Northeastern Association of Forensic Scientists.  Please review the details below and encourage them to apply!  

The Carol De Forest Student Research Grant.  Eligibility requirements & deadline:
  • Full-time undergraduate or graduate student
  • Majoring in a natural, allied or forensic science
  • Must have a research advisor who is a faculty member at the student’s academic institution
  • Deadline: Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The George W. Neighbor Jr. Memorial Scholarship Award. Eligibility requirements & deadline:
  • Currently enrolled in a forensic science or related science program
  • Full-time junior or senior undergraduate students
  • Full- or part-time graduate students
  • Demonstrated academic excellence
  • Deadline: Monday, June 30, 2014  
For more information about either opportunity or for application materials, click this link.

Eugenia Salcedo Named PRISM Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher for 2014

We are pleased to announce that Eugenia Salcedo is the winner of PRISM’s 2014 Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award! After an independent review of the nominations submitted by mentors, Eugenia was selected based on the work the she conducts with her mentor, Dr. Jason Rauceo, her active role managing his lab, and the degree of skill advancement she has demonstrated during her years in the program.

While all of the candidates exceeded their mentors’ expectations in the categories of "Level of Commitment" and "Level of Progress," Eugenia had an edge in the categories of "Individual Initiative and Responsibility” and "Degree of Skill Advancement.”

We thank all of the mentors who took time to submit their nominations, and congratulate Eugenia and all of the students on their excellent work.


Symposium Poster April Submission Deadlines

All students currently conducting research recently attended a PRISM workshop on effective poster creation and presentation. As the poster creation process proceeds, your students will rely heavily on you for your guidance and support, and we will rely heavily on you to ensure that their posters follow the prescribed guidelines, linked here and that they are completed by our very firm deadlines. 

Repair of the department poster printer has resulted in these revised deadlines: 

  • Wednesday, April 16 (noon) submission deadline for posters to be given preference for better quality department printing, and
  • Wednesday, April 23 (noon) as the absolute final deadline. 

Given the high volume of posters this year and potential unforeseen circumstances, there is no guarantee of the higher quality printing unless posters are turned in by the 4/16 deadline.

Submission procedures are posted here on the new PRISM website for easy reference.  A copy of the power point presentation used to guide this year’s poster workshop can also be accessed here on the revamped website.  This year’s workshop included some guidance about oral presentation at the poster session.

Recent PRISM Events and Outings

  • Lab tours took place on March 5 for our community college partner students. Click here for more details on the PRISM website and for pictures from this event!
  • PRISM and partner community college students came together on March 6 at the 92nd St Y to hear panelists discuss the “Neuroscience of Genius.” For more information on this event, visit the PRISM website story, linked here.
  • PRISM mentor Prof. Peter Diaczuk gave a guest lecture at Queensborough Community College (QCC) that was aimed at forensics majors who attend QCC as part of the CUNY Justice Academy. Pete was assisted by his student, Xiao Shan Law. They whet the appetite of interested students by linking traditional chemistry principles studies to forensic application. 

PRISM Attends the American Association of Forensic Science (AAFS) Conference

Marcel Roberts and Pete Diaczuk attended the AAFS Conference in Seattle, Washington this past February. PRISM students, Stacey Ishmail, Kitty Law and Shoronia Cross also attended the conference. Pete presented his work that demonstrates the potential to discriminate between shotgun shell buffer materials used in different ammunition types and manufacturers, while Shoronia, who works with Marcel, presented a poster discussing his work on “Electrochemical Detection of Explosives and Their Metabolites in Fingerprint Sweat Using Molecularly-Imprinted Polyaniline Films.”

The revamped PRISM website will now highlight PRISM students and mentors who attend conferences. Don’t forget to bring us back pictures from your trips so we can highlight you! 
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