NSF EPSCoR RII Track-1: Materials Assembly and Design Excellence in South Carolina
MADE in SC is supported by the National Science Foundation Award #OIA-1655740.
Front Row: Jada Simmons, Brianna Grimes, Alyna Brown, Hadaiya White. Middle Row: Kendall Wilson. Back Row: Clifton Yates, Arianna Bowers, Taylor Jamison, Dameisha McFadden, Aariana Darby, Guye Guinyard, Keniya Johnson.
Twelve high school students spent five weeks in the lab this summer conducting research at and living on the campus of Claflin University, funded in part by MADE in SC’s Scientific Advocate Network (SAN) program and institutional funds from SC INBRE.
In addition to learning how to conduct research, students also participated in a brand-new pilot program. Through a partnership with the South Carolina Afterschool Association (SCAA) and support from the STEM Next Opportunity Fund, and the C. S. Mott Foundation, high school students in South Carolina attending the Summer Biomedical / Biomaterials High School Research Program at Claflin University. They were the first in the state to earn College and Career Digital Badges. The College and Career Digital Badges will encourage students to make progress toward fulfilling the Profile of the South Carolina Graduate. The SCAA will assess how well students have mastered characteristics, knowledge, or skills and classify their level of mastery as emerging, developing, or exemplar.
“Because of the summer research internship, my son Clifton now wants to come to Claflin for college and major in biochemistry so that he can follow his grandfather and father’s footsteps of being a medical doctor,” says parent Sheera Disher Yates. Click here to read more and view photos.
Update on summer student research from Dr. Apparao Rao, Director of the Clemson Nanomaterials Institute (CNI) at Clemson University and Lead Principal Investigator of one of the four inaugural Stimulus Research Program (SRP) grant teams, “High Performance Li-S Batteries.”
Says Rao, “Both Christopher Etteh and Ky-Mani Miller, Claflin University students, were able to spend their summer at CNI thanks to funds provided by the SRP grant.”
Etteh and Miller are are learning to prepare and test battery electrodes. The aim of their research at CNI is to assemble working cells by the end of summer. Click here to read more and view photos.
Dr. Angela Alexander-Bryant’s research focuses on the development of novel self-assembled biomaterials for cancer cell detection and delivery of therapeutics, including chemotherapy and nucleic acid-based therapies, to improve targeted treatment of aggressive and/or drug-resistant cancers. She is also designing delivery systems for gene editing tools to treat neural dysfunctions in collaboration with Drs. Jessica Kelly and Mark Blenner at Clemson University. By leveraging materials science, nanotechnology, gene therapy, and drug delivery, Alexander-Bryant aims to provide novel, clinically translatable therapeutic delivery strategies to improve targeted treatment of disease.
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SC INBRE invites all to attend their annual state-wide 2018 Science Symposium, Aug 10, 9 am to 4 pm, at the Capstone House on the USC Campus. Free event includes biomedical and bioinformatics research talks, a roundtable bioinformatics discussion, student posters and networking lunch. Come learn about SC INBRE's funding programs and find potential collaborators. Registration closes THIS Monday, July 30.