Awards

Sergio wins Best STEM Poster Presentation at NEIU’s 27th Annual Research and Creative Activities Symposium

Well done to all MARC scholars Moraima Noda, Amy Sticha, and Sergio Escobar, who presented their research at the NEIU's 27th Annual Research and Creative Activities Symposium on April 19, 2019! Sergio also won the Bernard J. Brommel Award for best poster presentation in  STEM disciplines. Congratulations, Sergio! [more...]


Moraima Wins Presentation Award at the 2019 ILSAMP Symposium

MARC scholar, Moraima Noda at the 2019 Illinois Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (ILSAMP) Symposium in Lisle, Illinois. Moraima won first place for best podium presentation in General Biology.  Congratulations, Moraima!  February 22-23, 2019 [more...]


MARC Scholars win awards at NEIU’s 26th Annual Student Research and Creative Activities Symposium

MARC scholars won awards for their research presentations at the NEIU's 26th Annual Student Research and Creative Activities Symposium on April 20, 2018. Here's a list of the awards won: Krista Lotesto - “The Ronald Williams Library Award for Excellence in Library-Based Research” Ryan Borchert - “Bernard J. Brommel Award for Best Poster Presentation in Biology" Andre Herrera and Josue Franco - “Bernard J. Brommel Award for Best Poster Presentation in Psychology" Juliet Salivo - "Bernard J. Brommel Award for Best Oral Presentation in Chemistry" [more...]


Juliet Salivo wins presentation award at LSAMP

MARC scholars Juliet Salivo won first place in the discipline of Chemistry for her oral presentation titled "Structural Characterization of Bacterial Red Light Photoreceptors using Atomic Force Microscopy"  at LSAMP  (Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation) Spring Symposium and Student Research Conference in STEM in Lisle, IL on  Feb 24, 2018. [more...]


MARC Scholars win awards at ABRCMS

MARC U-STAR scholars Alejandra Villegas and Anthony Smith won research awards at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) that took place Nov. 1-4 in Phoenix, AZ. ABRCMS is one of the largest professional conferences for underrepresented students in biomedical research funded by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. Villegas received her award for Best Poster Presentation in Microbiology for research she did during her summer externship in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at Michigan State University. Anthony was awarded Best Poster Presentation in Biochemistry for presenting research done during his summer externship in the Department of Radiation Oncology at Northwestern University. Approximately 300 of the 2,500 students in attendance earned awards. Villegas and Smith were joined at the conference by six classmates whose conference travel expenses were funded by NIH/NSF grants at Northeastern and travel awards from the NEIU Foundation and ABRCMS: Rhys Gunther, Ryan Borchert, Josue Franco, Victoria Puccini, Chido Chikuturudzi and Omar Payan Parra. These students represented the labs of Biology and Psychology faculty members Cindy Voisine, Michael Stern, Emily Booms, Emina Stojkovic, Jorge Cantu, Shannon Saszik and David Kern. [more...]


Anthony Smith accepted to Driskill Graduate Program at Northwestern University

Congratulations to MARC Scholar, Anthony Smith! Anthony was admitted to  Northwestern University's  Driskill Graduate Training Program in Life Sciences, an interdepartmental PhD program in biomedical sciences at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine. After  successfully completing his Summer Research Experience at Northwestern University, Anthony was nominated for an Early Admissions Interview in September 2017 that culminated to his acceptance into the Graduate Program. [more...]


Ryan Borchert wins Best Presenter at MSU SROP

MARC scholar, Ryan Borchert, successfully completed his Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP) at Michigan State University this summer working in the laboratory of Dr. Robert Abramovitch in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, and won SROP's Best Presenter award. [more...]


MARC scholar, Terry Blaszczak, wins EMGS Travel Award

MARC scholar, Terry Blaszczak, was awarded a merit-based Student and New Investigator Travel Award by the Awards & Honors Committee of the Environmental Mutagenesis and Genomics Society (EMGS). Terry will present her research at the EMGS Annual Meeting in Raleigh, NC, in September. [more...]


Krista Lotesto wins ASPET Award

MARC Scholar, Krista Lotesto, is the Second Place Undergraduate Student winner for the American Society for Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET) Best Presentation Award for the Division for Molecular Pharmacology Poster Competition.  Krista and her MARC peers attended and presented their research at the 2017 Experimental Biology Meeting in Chicago during April 22-26, 2017. Experimental Biology is the annual meeting of the following six societies: American Association of Anatomists (AAA),  American Physiological Society (APS), American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB), American Society for Investigative Pathology (ASIP), American Society for Nutrition (ASN), and American Society for Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET). [more...]


NEIU’s 25th Annual Student Research and Creative Activities Symposium II

MARC scholar, Andre Herrera, received the Best Poster Presentation Award at NEIU’s 25th Annual Student Research and Creative Activities Symposium. The title of Andre's poster was “A Closer Look into the Effects of Oxytocin and Autism Spectrum Disorder on Conformity in Zebrafish.”  April 14, 2017 [more...]


NEIU’s 25th Annual Student Research and Creative Activities Symposium

MARC scholar, Terry Blaszczak (middle), received two awards at NEIU’s 25th Annual Student Research and Creative Activities Symposium. Terry’s won the Ronald Williams Library Award and the Bernard J. Brommel Award for Outstanding Research Presentation for her podium presentation titled “Characterizing the Toxic Effects of Acetaminophen Exposure on Drosophila Longevity and Development.” Terry's PIs are featured standing next to her, Dr. Mary Kimble (left) and Dr. Elyse Bolterstein (right) April 14, 2017 [more...]


Student Achievement Award at the Biophysical Society 61st Meeting

Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) alumna, NIH-MARC Scholar, and first year Ph.D. student at the University of Illinois-Chicago Rima Rebiai earned a Rima Award at the Biophysical Society 61st Meeting in New Orleans. She received this award for research conducted at NEIU in collaboration with Bernard J. Brommel Research Professor of Biology Emina Stojkovic, Associate Professors of Chemistry Ken Nicholson, and Stefan Tsonchev. Only Fourteen researchers were selected for Student Research Achievement Awards, and Rima’s (B.S. ’16 Chemistry) was the only one awarded for work in the area of nanoscale biophysics. Her research represents the first structural characterization of light-regulated enzyme using atomic force microscopy. Members of the protein family, known as photoreceptors with homologs in fungi and plants, play a major role in signal transduction pathways that regulate cellular growth and development. Rima’s research was supported by a National Science Foundation (NSF) Major Research Instrumentation grant that enabled NEIU to purchase an atomic force microscope, as well as Stojkovic’s NSF Molecular and Cellular Biosciences (MCB) Research in Undergraduate Institutions (RUI) grant and NEIU’s National Institutes of Health MARC (Maximizing Access to Research Careers) grant. For more information about this click the link below: https://www.biophysics.org/2017meeting/AwardsCompetitions/SRAAPosterCompetition/tabid/6712/Default.aspx [more...]


Bernard J. Brommel Award for Outstanding Research Presentation

MARC scholar, Krista Lotesto, received the Bernard J. Brommel Award for Outstanding Research Presentation for her research discussing the “Investigation of Fluorescamine and DABCYL as a New FRET Donor-Quencher Pair for Protease Activity Analysis” at the NEIU's 24th Annual Student Research and Creative Activities Symposium. April 15, 2016 [more...]


Best Poster Presentation in Biochemistry at ABRCMS 2015

MARC scholar received an award for Best Poster Presentation in Biochemistry at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) in Seattle, WA.  Her poster presentation was titled “The COMPASS Histone Methyltransferase Specifically Regulates Epigenetic Transcriptional Memory.”  November 11-14, 2015 [more...]


Merit in Recognition of Outstanding Research at NEIU’s Annual Student Research and Creative Activities Symposium

MARC scholar received an award for Merit in Recognition of Outstanding Research at NEIU’s Annual Student Research and Creative Activities Symposium. Rima’s paper presentation was titled “Domain Structure of Bacterial Red Light Photoreceptors As Revealed By Atomic Force Microscopy.” April 17, 2015 [more...]


Best Poster Presentation in Biochemistry at the SACNAS 2014

MARC scholar received an award for Best Poster Presentation in Biochemistry at the SACNAS National Conference in Los Angeles, CA.  Rima’s poster presentation was on the “Domain Structure of Bacterial Red Light Photoreceptors as Revealed by Atomic Force Microscopy.” October 16-18, 2014 [more...]