On Thursday, June 16, Columbia College hosted the second annual Biomedical Research Program (CCBRP) Summer Research Symposium. Eight students worked to prepare and execute five research presentations on subjects ranging from the effects and social norms surrounding e-cigarettes to the genetic evolution in mosquitoes carrying Malaria. The CCBRP is funded through the South Carolina Idea Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (SC INBRE), and the goal is to increase research capacity and create a network of research faculty and students in academic institutions across the state. Columbia College is one of 14 member institutions chosen to participate in the program.

The students represented: Darci Dawson, Arwen Wedgeworth, Seire Baker-Morgan, Gavin Rice, Jaquaya Adams, Kristin McConnell, Zhaire Casteal, and Tre’tavia Jackson were mentored by Dr. Adrienne Oxley, Dr. Vida Mingo, Dr. Chakia McClendon, and Dr. Mary Jon Barrineau. The students had six weeks to choose, research, organize, and presents their findings on their selected topics, and the results were a true representation of the caliber of student one can find at Columbia College. The hard work, dedication, and commitment were evident, and these values complimented the support and guidance shared by caring faculty advisors.

Columbia College is proud to be represented by such committed, intelligent, and well-spoken students in the Biomedical Research world. The institution looks toward the bright futures ahead of our 2022 Summer research Symposium Participants! Well done, Dr. Oxley and the entire Division of Health, Math, and Sciences team, who work tirelessly to make this program and all others, the resounding success they are!

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