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Important Reminder: Proposals for research equipment are due to Dr. Ron Pilette by Friday, March 14.  Click here to review the RFP guidelines.

In This Issue:  

Dr. Edgardo Sanabria-Valentin Joins PRISM as Pre-Med/Pre-Professional Advisor

PRISM is thrilled to introduce Dr. Edgardo Sanabria-Valentin, our new Pre-Med and Pre-Professional Advisor.  In his new role, Edgardo will assist students with job search preparation, career planning, and preparation for graduate and medical admission tests and applications. 

Edgardo 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! Edgardo 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:   
-  RSVP deadline for Latina Researcher's
   Conference at John Jay (JJC)

-  RSVP deadline for Women of Color
    in Science panel discussion at JJC

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

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

March 7:               
-  Student registration deadline for
   ACS Symposium

March 14:       
-  Faculty RFP proposals due

March 15:       
Student abstract deadline for
   ACS Symposium

March 16:            
Student RSVP deadline for
   Chemistry Challenge

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

April 3-5:                
-  Latina Researcher's Conference
April 4:                
-  Women of Color panel discussion
April 14-18:                
-  Spring break
April 17:                
-  Students visit American Museum of History
April 23:                

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

-  PRISM Symposium
May 3:                
-  ACS Student Symposium

April Student Meeting Dedicated to Poster and Oral Presentation Prep

Our next meeting will be a workshop devoted to helping students prepare their symposium posters and oral presentations. The meeting takes place Wednesday, April 2 during community hour (1:30 – 2:50 pm) in Rm 630H

Attendance is mandatory for all funded students and any other students who plan to present at the PRISM Symposium - regardless of whether they have presented before. Any funded students who miss this meeting will be required to attend a make-up session.

As always, you are welcome to attend the student meeting.


Symposium Posters Due April 23; Updated Guidelines Now Available

Please encourage students to start thinking or even working on their posters now rather than waiting until the poster workshop on April 2. The revised guidelines are available as a power point presentation template on our google drive, linked here.  All posters will be due without exception Wednesday, April 23 - which is the first day back from spring break.

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

The PRISM office received new materials for MCAT preparation that are available to all the students. Please notify your mentees of these new resources and to contact Edgardo if they need more information on MCATs.  Additionally, Edgardo is trying to identify students (in and outside PRISM) interested in pursuing medicine.

"Bringing Science to the Crime Scene" Lecture March 5 

As you may 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 Rm 05.67.00, NB 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."  Faculty and students are welcome to attend.  No RSVP is needed.  Contact with any questions.  For a schedule of future speakers and dates, click here

Exceptional Opportunity for Students to Learn from Women of Color in Science on April 4

The Latina Researcher's Network and PRISM are hosting a special panel session on April 4 at the 2014 Latina Researcher's Conference, here at John Jay (JJC).  Our session, which is scheduled for 4:30 to 6 pm, will have Latina speakers from the fields of neuroscience, cultural anthropology, and psychology talking about their journeys and the challenges they faced, and continue to face, both as women and as women of color. Following this session is a networking and PhD student poster session with refreshments.  Please encourage your students to attend!
The panel is part of the Latina Researchers Conference, taking place April 3-5.  The conference and our panel session are FREE to students from John Jay and CUNY community colleges. Faculty are welcome to attend but must pay the registration fee.  Click here for the conference flyer and registration information.


Local Conference Alert –
Send Your Students!

This May, PRISM students have the rare opportunity to attend and/or present at a conference right here in New York.  The New York Chemistry Students' Association of the American Chemical Society's (ACS) New York Section is holding its 62nd Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium on Saturday, May 3 at St. John’s University in Queens.  The conference offers students the chance to give an oral presentation and win an award. It is also conveniently scheduled just two days after our PRISM Symposium so students should be well prepared! 

Please encourage your eligible students to register for this event.  Remind them that they must register by Friday, March 7 and then submit their abstract by Saturday, March 15.

Visit the conference website for the abstract template and other details.  (PRISM may be able to provide financial assistance for students to attend.) 

Next Student Outing at the American Museum of Natural History April 17

PRISM’s next scheduled outing is 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 students 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.  If you know of any student specifically interested in forensic anthropology or forensic toxicology, encourage him/her to sign up with Fran Jimenez quickly to reserve a ticket!

Do Your Seniors 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  recognize these students in our PRISM newsletter and Chronicle.  Please encourage your students to notify us at when they receive acceptance letters and especially when they have selected the program they will attend or jobs they will accept!

Send Us Your Best Chemistry Students!

Each year, the New York American Chemical Society (ACS) runs a competition called the Chemistry Challenge.  This year, we want to show off our best and brightest PRISM chemistry students by entering a team for this quiz show that pits CUNY students against each other!  If you know of any stellar chemistry students, especially those who are involved in PRISM, let Fran know so she can recruit them or encourage them to contact Fran directly by Sunday, March 16.   
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