Undergraduate garners award at ABRCMS conference

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Undergraduate researcher Luke Elissiry (Liu group) receives presentation award at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS).

A third-year chemistry major conducting research in Professor Chong Liu’s group, Elissiry’s award winning poster in the chemistry category, was titled “Silica Sol-gel Microbead Encapsulation of Symbiotic Microbe Inoculant”.  

UC LEADS Scholar, Elissiry’s attendance at the conference was supported by the UC LEADS program and the CARE Scholars program. He also participated in UCLA’s 2019 Amgen Scholars Program, one of UCLA’s summer research programs

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Third-year chemistry major Luke Elissiry Chemical with his award winning poster at the event.

“I am incredibly grateful for the support provided by the programs, my advisors at the Undergraduate Research Center – Sciences, and Professor Liu and his lab,” Elissiry said. After graduation, Elissiry plans to pursue a Ph.D. in chemistry. “My desire is to utilize application-based research to help develop answers for 21st century challenges, and this goal drives me to continue to develop my research abilities” he said.

From the ABRCMS website: During the four-day conference held in Anaheim, California, in November 2019, over 2,500 students from over 350 colleges and universities participate in poster and oral presentations in twelve STEM disciplines. All undergraduate and postbaccalaureate student presentations were judged and those receiving the highest scores in each scientific discipline were given an award during the closing banquet.

Penny Jennings, UCLA Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, penny@chem.ucla.edu.