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UVI Students Take Top Honors at National Biomedical Research Conference

Three students from the University of the Virgin Islands, the Caribbean’s preeminent Historically Black College and University (HBCU) captured Best Poster Awards at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) last week in Indianapolis.

This recognition comes on the heels of five University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) students winning the 2nd Annual Hewlett Packard HBCU Business Challenge competition this month.

Samuel Liburd, a senior biology major, was recognized for the poster he presented in developmental biology and genetics, which featured work he did use Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats (CRISPR) gene techniques to understand regeneration in planarians. He did this research at the Massachusetts Institute for Technology (MIT) this summer under the guidance and mentorship of Malecek, Ph.D. and Peter Reddien, Ph.D. Samuel is mentored at UVI by Dr. Jennilee Robinson.

Sophomore Arziel Williams, a psychology major from the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix, won best poster in the social sciences for his research on depression and obesity in Virgin Islanders. He was assisted by his research mentor Dr. Janis Valmond.

More information is available in a news release on the Media Section of the UVI website – - and from this direct link.