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Good luck with final exams!  Have a wonderful holiday season and winter break!  We know we'll see many of you over the break, hard at work in the labs, but we hope you also find time to have some fun and recharge your batteries before the spring semester. 
In This Issue:

Spring Research Proposals - Due February 25

February 25 is the deadline to apply for research funding for the spring semester.  We recommend that you take advantage of your winter break to work on the proposals and review them with your mentors.  Even if you are a student who will be trained in January, this leaves you time to craft and submit a spring proposal, provided that you get set up quickly with a mentor and work diligently after training.  Be sure to review the updated spring guidelines and procedures for submission from the PRISM website.

Some Dates to Know

December 22:
-  Veteran Student Mandatory PRISM Meeting
January 14:
-  PRISM Outing to Brookhaven National Lab
January 20-22:               
-  PRISM Research Training Workshop
January 28:               
-  Spring Semester - Classes Begin
February 11:               
-  Proposal Workshop for New Students
February 18:               
-  PRISM Monthly Meeting
February 23:               
-  PRISM Sponsored Lecture - Pathologist

February 25:               
-  Spring Research Proposals Deadline

March 6:               
Chronicle Information Deadline

April 29:               
-  PRISM Symposium




The 14th Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) was held in San Antonio, Texas earlier this month (November 12-15). Twelve PRISM students attended, presenting posters about their scientific research at John Jay.

ABRCMS is one of the largest undergraduate research conferences in the United States, with more than 1,700 students presenting their research in about twelve fields in biomedical sciences. Our students presented their work in diverse projects (chemistry, toxicology, cellular and molecular biology, environmental sciences, and microbiology), showcasing the diversity of scientific research being performed at John Jay.

For a complete recap of the ABRCMS conference, additional pictures, and student accounts, please visit the PRISM website

Lab Shadowing Program - Running in January

Partner CJA forensics majors, Macaulay Honors College students, and SSTEM scholars are among those eligible to participate in lab shadowing during the winter break.  Lab shadowing pairs you up with a current PRISM student for about 3 hours to get a realistic experience in a research lab.  If you are interested in being a shadow, contact Fran Jimenez at before January 2.  For more information, click here

Current PRISM students – you will be asked to host these shadows if your lab “works” during break so please be on the lookout for emails about this in the coming weeks. 

The Chronicle - Your Biographies, Abstracts, and Pictures

Any PRISM student participating in funded or unfunded research for fall 2014 or spring 2015 will be included in the PRISM 2015 Chronicle, a publication that highlights your research accomplishments and progress.  You are asked to submit research abstracts and updated biographies and eventually, to make an appointment to have your photograph taken in the PRISM office. 

Please click here for the guidelines, posted on the PRISM website.  Abstracts and bios are due to Eric in the grants office by March 6, but please consider helping us out and submitting early if possible.

"PRISM Wednesdays" Continue in Spring

This spring, PRISM will continue to hold monthly meetings, trainings, orientations, and many optional events during community hour on Wednesdays.  Please be sure to avoid scheduling classes, lab sections, tutoring appointments, work, etc. during that time so that you can be present.   Contact Ed with any concerns about this.

For a preview of spring workshops and meetings, you can click here for a tentative calendar.

January Research Training Workshop - Last Call

PRISM is making its final selections and preparing the invitations for the January Research Training Workshop, which will run on January 20, 21, and 22 from about 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.  By now, you should have met with either Ed or Fran officially about your interest in being considered and included.  If you are not sure if a spot is being held for you, please contact immediately. 

Invitations will be officially sent out by email in early January once fall grades have been checked.  If you expect to be included in the training, you should start thinking about which mentor(s) you would like to approach about getting involved in research.   The Chronicle, linked here, is an excellent source for you to see student and mentor research interests for a given lab.

PRISM Will Visit Brookhaven National Lab

On January 14, during winter break, PRISM will bring students by chartered bus to visit Brookhaven National Lab (BNL) on Long Island.  You should have received your invitation by email last week.  Click here to review the details.  BNL is a cutting-edge large-scale facility for studies in physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, applied science, and a wide range of advanced technologies. 

**At this point, the spots for JJC students have been filled. However, we almost always get cancellations, so please continue to RSVP to if interested and your name will be placed on a waiting list.  Additionally, if the interest is there, we may schedule another visit for spring or summer.

Consider Applying to Be an MSRC Tutor - Jan 8 Deadline

PRISM students often make ideal Math and Science Resource Center (MSRC) tutors.  Many of you have excelled in core science and math courses, which are the subjects in greatest demand.  Additionally, your ability to work as a team in your lab and communicate about scientific concepts may help others!  MSRC tutors are paid positions and can be the ideal way to fit in an extra “job” without compromising the amount of time spent in your research lab.  For more details and for application materials, click here.  The deadline to apply is January 8. 

Reminder for "Veteran" PRISM Students - Meeting on 12/22

All PRISM students who have received funding for at least two semesters are required to attend a mandatory meeting on 12/22 in 05.66.01 at 3:00 p.m.  At this meeting, PRISM Staff will review your new role as student mentor, required of veteran students so that they can continue to receive funding according to our grants.  Failure to attend could mean lost spring funding.  Please contact Ed ASAP with any questions or concerns. 
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