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Science Scholar, Chemistry Faculty Present Research at National Conference

November 16, 2016

Chau To, a junior chemistry student and Summer Science Fellow, presented a poster of her research at the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science’s (SACNAS) 2016 National Conference, held in Long Beach, California.

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Her presentation, “Analysis of the Encapsulation of Beeswax Microspheres with Ibuprofen,” explored research she conducted over summer and fall 2016.

At the conference, Chau received various offers to conduct summer research and graduate school work at different institutions and was approached by several faculty interested in her research.

Dr. Kermin J. Martínez-Hernández, assistant professor of chemistry, was the chair and led two professional development sessions at the conference, “Expand Your Network: How to Identify Mentors, Sponsors, and Advisors for a Successful Career” and “Stories from the Other Side of the Blurry Tunnel, It Gets Better after All!”

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In addition, Martínez-Hernández judged seven undergraduate research posters and served as the emcee for the SACNAS Student Chapter Awards. In front of an audience of more than 4,200 attendees, Martínez-Hernández presented the awards and shared his personal story about his professional career journey.

“We both had a great time and were excited to represent Fisher at this national conference,” Martínez-Hernández said.

The SACNAS conference is the biggest national conference for underrepresented minorities at all levels in STEM. SACNAS is an inclusive organization dedicated to fostering the success of Chicano/Hispanic and Native American scientists, from college students to professionals, in attaining advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in STEM.