At the SACNAS (Advancing Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in Science) Conference on October 19-21, three Skyline College students presented their original scientific research alongside students from University of California, University of Texas, Rutgers University, Yale University, Brown University, Stanford University, several CSUs, and many other universities. The conference was held in Salt Lake City and sponsored by the USDA and University of Utah. Over 4,000 graduate and undergraduate students from across the country attended the conference.

Papers were selected for the conference in a competitive judging from abstracts submitted in July. Skyline College students started their research last spring with Christine Case in BIOL 230 or BIOL 695. The students spent the summer in the lab to continue and complete their research.

Stephen Fredricks worked with the students to register and prepare them for presenting at a national conference. At the conference, students were knowledgeable and professional, and represented Skyline College well.

Janah May Oclaman’s presentation of her research won the Undergraduate Microbiology Award.

Janah May Oclaman now has her first publication: Comparison and Characterization of the Soil Microbiomes of Delairea odorata and California Native Plants.

Robert Erickson and Anthony Petraki also was able to have his first publication: Microbial Metabolic Diversity in the North Pacific Ocean on the Central California Coast.

Robert and Janah transferred for the Fall 2017 semester: Robert is now at UC, Santa Cruz and Janah is at UC, Davis.

Article By Christine Case

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