sacnas symposiumForty students and faculty members attended the Skyline College-SACNAS Research Symposium on Friday, October 7 in The Learning Center. Skyline College SACNAS (Society for advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science) is a student club supported by the Associated Students of Skyline College, and is a chapter member of the national organization, which promotes education and student leadership in STEM fields.

This event featured poster presentations from five students who completed the summer 2016 BIO 695 independent study course which focuses on individual research projects. Plants that are native to this region of California were featured in the student’s research, and several projects explored the capacity of compounds found within these native plants to aid in functions such as fighting bacterial infections.

This event is a lead-up to the 2016 SACNAS national conference in Long Beach, CA where the students will be presenting their work to a larger audience. Akayi Thein of Skyline SACNAS said, “It was a great opportunity for our presenters to build their oral presentation skills and inspire other students to explore their own research ideas.”

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Article by David Reed