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Before the semester ends and you dash off to enjoy the beach and other fun summer activities, we wanted to compliment all of you on your hard-work and dedication this academic year.  As always, it has been a pleasure working with you and watching you grow and develop as people and scientists...

In This Issue:

Symposium Recap

We are very proud of all the PRISM students who participated in this year’s Symposium on Thursday, May 1.  You impressed the guests with your research posters and your ability to engage others when speaking about it. 

For the full recap of this year's speakers, events, and pictures, click here

Dates to Know

May 28:                
-  John Jay Commencement
June 3: 
-  Summer research proposal deadline
June 16-18:               
-  Research Training Workshop

June 18 - July 23:                  
-  PRISM GRE Course
June 18 - July 23:                  
-  Lab Shadowing Days
July 17:               
-  PRISM Student Meeting


Me and My Shadow...
Lab Shadowing Experience

Any “post-first year” student who has completed General Chemistry I and II and who is seriously considering participating in PRISM, should contact Fran Jimenez at and click here to visit the website to learn more about the chance to be a “lab shadow.”

Lab shadows will spend two to three hours with a current PRISM student in his/her lab, getting a sense of what it is like to do research on a daily basis.  Shadowing opportunities will be available various days and times between June 16 and July 23.

Summer Research Training Workshop

Students who wish to begin PRISM research must successfully complete a Research Training Workshop first.  Our next workshop is scheduled for June 16-18, from 10 am until 4 pm each day. Please click here to learn more about eligibility 

Congratulations to Our Distinguished PRISM Seniors and Alumni!

Just like last month, we have some good news to share about our graduating students and alumni:
  • Ashley Almonte (PRSIM '14) was accepted into the NYC Teaching Fellows, where she will pursue her Master's degree in teaching high school science while serving in high need schools.
  • Eugene Gonzalez-Lopez (PRISM '12) was accepted to the Penn State Graduate Program in Neuroscience with a five year STEM Scholars Fellowship.
  • Eugenia Salcedo (PRISM '14) was accepted to the Chemistry and Chemical Biology PhD program at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).
Seniors – Please notify PRISM about your grad school acceptances or job offers.

John Jay's Student Travel Fund

Interested in going to a conference, but you already used up your allotted PRISM funds? John Jay College's Student Travel Fund can provide funding for a second trip!  Click here for more info.

PRISM Visits the AMNH!

During Spring Break, John Jay students and CUNY Justice Academy students came together to visit the AMNH for a laboratory investigation on forensic anthropology and to view a special exhibit on Poison.  To read more about the group's adventures for this outing and to view more of the event pictures, click  here.

Don't Miss Us Too Much!

Since the summer tends to be a slower news time, we will only be sending you one newsletter in July instead of one for each of the summer months.  If you have any questions, feel free to email us.  Other news will be posted on the PRISM website, the Facebook page, or placed in a separate email if necessary.  Enjoy the warm weather and reduced class load!

Free GRE Class - Open to All

Once again, this summer, Dr. Pilette will be offering his popular, free GRE preparation course, open to all PRISM-affiliated students and strongly encouraged for all upperclassmen unless they plan to apply to medical school, in which case they should be pursuing an MCAT preparation course.  Classes will likely run for seven Wednesdays from 10 am - 1 pm, starting June 18, but may change to accommodate student conflicts.  Students should note that this course has REQUIRED outside work.  Email Dr. Pilette with questions or to reserve your spot!

Summer Research Proposals

If you plan to conduct research this summer with your mentor, you must submit a research proposal directly to Dr. Sanabria-Valentin by Tuesday, June 3

For updated guidelines and submission information, click here

PRISM Summer Monthly Meeting: Forensic Science Career Panel

July 17, 2014 6:30pm
Location: 630 T
This summer’s PRISM Monthly Meeting will take place on July 17, and will feature four professionals working in different aspects of forensic science. Our speakers will discuss their career paths (past, present, and future) and will share advice on how they got to where they are.

Below is a list of the confirmed speakers:
  • Andrew Schweighardt, PhD – Criminalist at OCME
  • Kathleen Rivera, MD - Forensic Psychiatrist and Attending Physician at Western Connecticut Health Network
  • Christie Esmaili, DPN – Forensic Podiatry Resident, Northport VAMC
  • Eliot Springer, MS – Deputy Director, NYPD Police Laboratory

PRISM Attendance at the EB and SOT Conferences

PRISM was recently represented at two national conferences:  The Experimental Biology (EB) Conference in San Diego and the Society of Toxicology (SOT) Conference in Phoenix. 

Andre Rozado, who works with Dr. Nathan Lents, presented his work, "Regulation of CCN2 and CCN3 in bone marrow through myloid zinc finger-1 and its medical implication in hematopoiesis," at the EB Conference.

Visit the PRISM website to read first hand accounts from SOT Conference attendees Christine Ta, Bik Tzu Huang, Jazlene Montes, and Yessenia Lopez.  All four students were accompanied by mentor Dr. Shu-Yuan Cheng.

Chronicle - Available in Print and On the Website

In case you didn’t get a copy of the latest Chronicle, highlighting all of our PRISM students’ work from the past year, stop by the office to pick one up.  You can also download a digital version of the Chronicle, now available on the PRISM website.  Prospective students should be sure to check out the Chronicle to view the types of possible research projects and to explore the different professors that can serve as PRISM mentors.
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