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Welcome back!  We are happy to have you back and excited for the new semester!  Please review this latest newsletter to learn about upcoming spring activities and deadlines.
In This Issue:

PRISM Welcomes Its Newest Members!

Fifteen new students are now part of our official PRISM family after completing a three-day Research Training Workshop (RTW) during the winter break.  Students learned basic research protocols and techniques throughout the RTW with some of their time spent in the “classroom” and some of their time spent in the laboratory.  Several PRISM mentors visited the RTW to speak about their research interests and to invite students to discuss joining their research teams.  For more details about the training activities, the attendees, and additional pictures, visit the PRISM website


Some Dates to Know

February 4 or 5:               
-  Days for PRISM Ambassadors to Meet Fran
February 11:               
-  Proposal Workshop for New Students

February 23:               
-  PRISM Sponsored Lecture - Pathologist and Lab Tours for CJA Students

February 24:
-  Toxicology Lecture - Dr. Marta Concheiro-Guisan
February 25:               
-  Spring Research Proposals Deadline

February 25:               
-  Mentor Meeting with Guest Speaker        
February 26:
-  Workshop - "Components of Scientific Writing"

March 1:               
-  PRISM Outing - 92nd St Y Lecture
March 6:               
-  Deadline to Submit Materials for The Chronicle 

April 29:               
PRISM Symposium

Final Details for Spring Research Proposal Submission

As most of you already know, PRISM will be accepting research proposals to be considered for spring funding.  Any student who has completed a PRISM training session is eligible to submit a proposal, provided that you are matched with a PRISM mentor and you have a good understanding of your proposed project and where it is headed over the next few months. 

You are reminded to strictly adhere to the required template and to submit using the requested file name.  Please visit the PRISM website for these details.  Failure to comply will result in a rejected proposal.  The deadline for all submissions is midnight on February 25.

Students who are submitting proposals for the first time should attend Ed’s proposal writing workshop on Wednesday, February 11, during community hour.  RSVP to ASAP if planning to attend.  We also emailed you a couple of weeks ago with a reminder about these quickly approaching deadlines.

Upcoming Events and Lectures

There is no official PRISM monthly meeting for February, but there are several sponsored events that we hope to see you at, even though they are not mandatory:

February 23, 4 – 5 p.m.:  PRISM alumna, Dr. Melissa Guzzetta, will visit us to speak about her journey to become a pathologist who performs autopsies.  Look out for more details in an email and posted flyer soon.  Partner community college students who attend will also be invited for lab tours following the event.

February 24, 4 – 5 p.m.:  Prof. Prinz organizes a lecture series each semester.  The first of these will be given by new JJC professor, Dr. Marta Concheiro-Guisan, titled “Toxicology Research on Drugs and Traffic Safety.”  All are welcome.  No RSVP needed.  For a schedule of all the lectures in this series, click here

February 26, 1:40 – 3 p.m.:  PRISM-recommended workshop on “The Components of Scientific Writing.”  Dr. Diane Hardej, Professor at St. John’s University, will give tips to help students with their scientific writing endeavors, which may include lab reports, proposals, or research papers to be submitted for publication.  Details will be sent by email and a posted flyer very soon. 

March 1, 7:30 – 10 p.m.: PRISM sponsored outing to the 92nd St Y for their panel discussion about the “The Neuroscience of Creativity.”  There will be limited tickets available for this event.  Invitations will be emailed in the coming weeks.

PRISM's Winter Break Outreach Activities

The break from classes was a nice opportunity for PRISM to sponsor outreach activities that provided some science enrichment to current and prospective PRISM and partner community college students. 

On Wednesday, January 14, PRISM traveled out to Suffolk County to visit the impressive Brookhaven National Lab.  Our curious group of students spent the day touring some of the labs and participating in a hands-on radioactivity exercise.  We learned that BNL provides its typically rare facilities and equipment to worthy scientists and lab teams at no charge. Click here for additional pictures from this event.

Also during the winter break, PRISM labs opened their doors to host promising prospective students as shadows.  Students in the Macaulay Honors College at JJC, S-STEM Scholarship Program, and our partner community colleges spent about three hours with a buddy PRISM student, experiencing “a day in the life” of a student researcher.  Click here for additional pictures from this event.

To learn more about these and other PRISM events and activities, visit our events webpage on the PRISM website.

Chronicle Biographies and Abstracts - Due March 6

All student profiles must be submitted to Eric Dillalogue at by March 6, 2015.  All PRISM-trained students who conduct research with a faculty mentor are invited to submit their profiles; anyone who receives a stipend for their research is required to do so.  Profiles consist of three components:  a current abstract with title, a biography, and an appropriate picture.  Please visit the PRISM website here for a template document and additional information. We will be taking professional headshots in the PRISM office and details about dates and times will be sent out soon.

Veteran PRISM Student Mentoring Responsibilities

Our veteran PRISM students are reminded that they are now required to document their peer mentoring activities as per the requirements of our grant funding for stipends.  Details were discussed at the December 22 meeting and sent out by email on 1/28.  If you were supposed to attend and missed that meeting, be sure that you contact and meet Ed ASAP to catch up on what was missed.  Peer ambassadors should be meeting with Fran next week.  Please be sure to review the email for complete instructions and responsibilities.

PRISM Spring Schedule of Events

PRISM has some great things planned for you for the spring which include some mandatory monthly meetings, helpful workshops, optional guest lectures, sponsored outings, and much more.  Please review the calendar posted here.  Mark your calendars for these events now and be on the lookout for more details and invitations to come.  Many events are planned for Wednesday community hour as we aim to continue with “PRISM Wednesdays” this semester.
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