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New Pre-Med/Pre-Professional Advisor at PRISM

PRISM is thrilled to introduce Dr. Edgardo Sanabria-Valentin, our new Pre-Med and Pre-Professional Advisor.  As his title implies, Dr. Sanabria-Valentin is here to help you prepare for your career after John Jay.  Among the things he can help you with are preparing admission applications and tests to medical and graduate programs, looking for summer research opportunities, and preparing to enter the job market. 

Dr. Sanabria-Valentin obtained his Ph.D in Biomedical Sciences at NYU, and completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Harvard Medical School. He also worked for several years in the biotech industry in Boston. Throughout that time he coordinated several undergraduate research programs and is actively involved in The Leadership Alliance, an organization aimed at increasing the participation of under-represented minorities in professional careers.
Stop by and say hello! Dr. Sanabria-Valentin is based in the PRISM office, Rm 05.61.00, NB. His office hours are M-F from 9:30 am - 5:30 pm. Email: Phone: 212-393-6489

Dates to Know

March 4:   
-  Registration deadline for
    Latina Researcher's Conference at John Jay

-  Registration deadline for Women of Color
    in Science Panel Discussion at John Jay

March 5:   
-  Lab tours for community college students
-  "Bringing Science to the Crime Scene" lecture
    at John Jay

March 6:               
-  "The Science of Genius" lecture at 92nd St Y

March 7:               
-  Registration deadline for ACS Symposium
March 15:       
-  Abstract deadline for ACS Symposium

March 16:            
-  RSVP deadline for Chemistry Challenge

March 26:                  
-  RSVP deadline for student PRISM meeting
April 2:                
-  Student PRISM meeting

April 3-5:                
-  Latina Researcher's Conference at John Jay
April 4:                
-  Women of Color panel discussion
    at John Jay 

April 14-18:                
-  Spring break
April 17:                
-  Trip to American Museum of History
April 23:                

-  PRISM Symposium posters due
April 25:                
-  Chemistry Challenge
May 1:                

-  PRISM Symposium
May 3:                
-  ACS Symposium

April 2 PRISM Meeting Dedicated to Poster and Oral Presentation Prep

In place of our regular guest speaker format and in anticipation of this year’s PRISM Symposium, our next meeting will be a workshop devoted to helping you prepare your symposium poster and oral presentation. The meeting takes place Wednesday, April 2 during community hour (1:30 – 2:50 pm) in 630H

Attendance is 
mandatory for all funded students and any other student who plans to present at the PRISM Symposium - regardless of whether you have presented before. Any funded student who misses this meeting will be required to attend a make-up session on Monday, April 7 in the PRISM office.

So mark your calendars now.  (Invitations will go out soon.)  As always, even PRISM students not yet involved in research are welcome to attend, but should be aware that this meeting will not have the usual guest speaker about graduate school or careers.  

For students who want to get a jump on their posters before the workshop, here are the guidelines for this year.  All posters will be due to PRISM on or before Wednesday, April 23 - which is the first day back from spring break.

New MCAT and Other Pre-Med Resources Available in the PRISM Office

Calling all students interested in careers in medicine and other health professions! New materials for MCAT preparation are available for your use in the PRISM office. We are also in the process of planning events and activities aimed at preparing pre-med students for the application process. Dr. Sanabria-Valentin, who leads this effort, invites pre-med students to stop by the PRISM office and share with him your ideas, suggestions and questions.

Learn About Bringing Science to the Crime Scene at March 5 Lecture

As many of you know, Dr. Mecki Prinz has organized a spring lecture series for undergraduate and graduate forensics students.  The next lecture will take place on Wednesday, March 5, from 3 - 4 pm in room 05.67.00 with refreshments to follow.  The speakers on March 5 will be Anna Mapes and Madeleine Gruijter from the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands.  Their topic is "Bringing Science to the Crime Scene."  All are welcome to attend.  No RSVP is needed.  Contact with any questions.  For a schedule of future speakers and dates, click here

Women of Color to Discuss Challenges in Scientific Careers

Want to learn from women of color about building a career in science? Then we have an opportunity you do not want to miss! 
The Latina Researcher's Network and PRISM are hosting a special panel session on April 4 from 4:30 to 6 pm here at John Jay College. Latina speakers from the fields of neuroscience, cultural anthropology, and psychology will share their journeys and the challenges they faced, and continue to face, both as women and as women of color. A networking and PhD student poster session (with refreshments) will follow.
The panel is part of the Latina Researcher's Conference, taking place April 3-5.  The conference and our panel session are FREE to students from John Jay and CUNY community colleges. To register for the panel session and/or the entire conference, email Ms. Fran Jimenez at on or before March 4.


Local Conference Alert!

Would you like to present at a conference this year, but don’t have the time to travel?  Are you hoping to boost your resume with another conference appearance, an oral presentation, or maybe even an award?  Then the 62nd Annual American Chemical Society's (ACS) Undergraduate Research Symposium is your answer.  Sponsored by the New York Chemistry Students' Association of the ACS's New York Section, the conference provides a rare opportunity to give an oral presentation right here in New York at St. John’s University in Queens.  Plus, you’ll already have a poster ready to go since it takes place on Saturday, May 3, just two days after our PRISM Symposium!

Ask your mentor about signing up!  Registration is now until March 7.  In addition, accepted abstracts must be submitted by Friday, March 15, 2013.  Check out the conference website for the registration link, the abstract template and for other details.

Pick Your Poison at The American Museum of Natural History April 17

PRISM is heading to the American Museum of Natural History on Thursday, April 17. In addition to a laboratory session on forensic anthropology, our tour will include a visit to the new “Power of Poison” exhibit, where you can explore some of history’s most intriguing poisoning cases and take part in a live presentation about a real-world poisoning case and key advances in toxicology. 

This event will cater to John Jay’s partner community college students. A small number of tickets will be available to JJC PRISM students, on a first-come, first-served basis once the invitations go out next week. Interested students should contact Ms. Jimenez.


Seniors - Do You Have Any Good News to Share??

We are excited to learn that several of our graduating PRISM seniors are starting to receive acceptances to graduate programs or job offers.  We want to congratulate you and also to recognize you in our PRISM newsletter and Chronicle.  Please be sure to let us know at whenever you receive any of this good news, especially once you have decided to accept an offer!

Move over Spelling Bee….Here Comes the Chemistry Challenge

If you love a good quiz show and your friends think you are a chemistry buff, we have a challenge for you, specifically – The New York American Chemical Society’s (ACS) annual Chemistry Challenge.  We want to show off our best and brightest PRISM chemistry students by entering a team in this fun, engaging and though-provoking event, which takes place the evening of Friday, April 25.  To learn more about joining the team, contact Ms. Jimenez by Sunday, March 16
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