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We know many of you work hard in your labs over the summer, but we hope you are getting some time to enjoy the summer weather and taking some time to "recharge your batteries."  The fall will be here before we know it so here's a glimpse of what's ahead for PRISM.

In This Issue:

Revisions to PRISM Research Proposal Guidelines

This fall we will be rolling out a few changes to our Proposal Guidelines. You can view these guidelines here on the website. It now includes a template for students to use, examples, and a slight reorganization of required sections.  There has been increased competition for funding so there is a chance students will be denied a stipend if they don't comply with the new guidelines.  As always, we thank you for the work you do to help students with their submissions and request that you specifically review with them the changes made to the proposal guidelines.  Additionally, Ed will be hosting a Proposal Writing Workshop for new PRISM students on September 3 during community hour in the PRISM office. Proposals for fall funding are due September 24.

Dates to Know

August 19-21:                
-  Introduction to Forensics Seminar
August 28: 
-  First Day of Fall Classes
September 3 (Community Hour):               
-  Research Proposal Workshop with Ed
September 5:               
-  ABRCMS Abstract and Travel Awards Submission Deadline

September 10 (Community Hour):             
-  PRISM Meeting and Orientation
September 18 (6:30 - 8:00 p.m.):                
-  PRISM Monthly Meeting: Speakers from Harvard School of Public Health
September 24:               
-  Fall Research Proposal Deadline
October 8:               
- "Stories About Science" at 92nd St Y
November 15:               
-  PRISM Outing to Edison House

Will You Be a PRISM "Outreach Mentor?"

Many of you know that we've been working over the last couple of years to more actively engage our CUNY Justice Academy partner students and our promising JJC underclassmen.  There have been several mentors helping us with these efforts and we'd like to expand our activities and include more of you in the coming year. 

We need PRISM mentors to help us with lab tours, lab "shadowing," and guest lecturing.  There are some limited funds available to mentors who can volunteer for these activities and we hope to see many of you involved.  For more information, click here or contact Fran Jimenez, who will be in touch about the events as they get scheduled. 

Forensics Seminar August 19 - 21 for Post First-Year Students

For the second year in a row, PRISM will sponsor a three-day introduction to forensics seminar open to partner students in the CJA and to promising post first-year students.  The seminar will take place August 19-21 and cover topics in molecular biology, criminalistics, and toxicology.  If you know of any promising post first-year students who may be interested, feel free to pass along the seminar information, available here.  Or they can contact Fran Jimenez at for more information.

Best Wishes to Our PRISM Graduates!

It's time for us to officially say good-bye to our PRISM graduates, even those who were with us researching through the summer.  We will be moving these students to our alumni lists where they will still receive PRISM newsletters.  However, their strongest relationships are with you, their mentors.  If you keep in touch with your former students and hear about their successes, please pass that information along to us!  We love getting updates and it's important to report on these successes to secure future PRISM funding sources. 

Meet the New Class of PRISM Students!

PRISM welcomes the following students officially to the program: Ashley Brown, Steven Cortes, Erica Klafehn, Collen McNamara, Roshanna Paulsingh, Tonya Phoenix, David Rodriguez, Stephanie Sanchez, Desiree Williams, and Yuan Zhuo Zhang.   After having participated in a three-day workshop this past June, these ten students are eligible to start working with a PRISM mentor and to apply for PRISM funding by submitting a timely research proposal each semester.  If you are looking for any new lab recruits for the fall, then this group is a great place to start.  Let Ed or Fran know if you'd like us to try and match you up with one of these new PRISM-approved students. 

New for Fall - "PRISM Wednesdays" for Students

PRISM has several events and meetings for students planned for the fall.  In addition to the usual monthly meetings, we will have three professional development workshops and a couple of social events.  Since we are increasing the number of PRISM events, attendance policies will be changing to accommodate the busy schedules of our students.  Another big change is that most events and meetings are going to occur on Wednesdays either during community hour or in the evening 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.  We are hoping that with this advanced notice, students might be able to make arrangements to avoid signing up for any conflicting classes or work schedules.  If any of your students have a conflict with these Wednesday time slots, please encourage them to see Ed or Fran in the PRISM office as soon as possible. 

PRISM Hosts "Lab Shadows"

PRISM opened its doors this summer to host promising prospective students as lab "shadows."  We thank the labs and students of Dr. Korobkova, Dr. Cheng, and Dr. Diaczuk for hosting!  More pictures and details from this event are available here on the PRISM website.

Alumni Spotlight -
                Christopher Pedigo

We have a great update on Christopher Pedigo, PRISM alumnus '09!  It's been a great year for Christopher who is pursuing his PhD at the Miller College of Medicine at the University of Miami.  Most notably, he was awarded an American Heart Association Fellowship and he is co-first author on an article published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.  For more information about Christopher's accomplishments and his inspiring journey since graduating PRISM, visit the PRISM website!
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