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December 10, 2007


LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, PA ~ Lincoln University sophomore Osemeke Edobor has been honored in the category of poster presentation at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) held in Austin, Texas.

Edobor’s presentation was titled “Adhesion Mediated Chemoresistance of Prostate Cancer Cells to Docetaxel” and was supported by a Department of Defense prostate cancer research grant awarded to the University of Delaware in collaboration with Lincoln University and Delaware State University.

“It’s gratifying to know that the research I did is applicable, useful, and important in the medical field,” said Edobor, a chemistry and biology major from Nigeria. “It was great to be among so many bright and talented students and scientists.”

Dr. Carlton R. Cooper, assistant professor of biological sciences at the Center for Translational Cancer Research at the University of Delaware, served as the advisor for Edobor’s presentation.

Dr. Karen Baskerville, assistant professor of biology and a mentor to Edobor, was hardly surprised at her student’s achievement.  “Osemeke is a very good student,” she said.  “He does all his work on time, and he makes A’s on his exams.  He is just a dedicated student.”

ABRCMS is an annual event organized by the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) and supported by a grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS).  Now in its seventh year, ABRCMS is the largest, professional conference for biomedical and behavioral undergraduate, post baccalaureate and graduate students.

For many students, the ABRCMS is a transforming experience.  As Edobor puts it, “I couldn’t wish for a better experience to prepare me for a career in research-based medicine.  Overall, it was overwhelming and interesting to be among more than 2,000 students who share the same goal and spirit.”

About 2,500 individuals attended this year’s conference, including 1,525 students, 513 faculty and program directors and 426 exhibitors. The conference is designed to encourage underrepresented minority students to pursue advanced training in the biomedical and behavioral sciences and provide faculty mentors and advisors with resources for facilitating students’ success.

During the four-day conference over 1,100 students participated in poster and oral presentations in ten scientific disciplines in the biomedical and behavioral sciences. All undergraduate student presentations were judged and those receiving the highest scores in each scientific discipline were given awards during the closing banquet. A total of 84 undergraduates representing 56 universities and colleges around the country received monetary awards of $250 for their outstanding presentations.

Founded in 1854, Lincoln University is a premier, historically Black University that combines the best elements of a liberal arts and sciences-based undergraduate core curriculum and selected graduate programs to meet the needs of those living in a highly technological and global society.  The University is nationally recognized as a major producer of African Americans with undergraduate degrees in the physical sciences (biology, chemistry and physics); computer and informational sciences; biological and life sciences.  Lincoln has an enrollment of 2,423 undergraduate and graduate students.

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