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Faculty work with three Bridges students

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Eight community college students are spending eight weeks this summer at K-State to begin careers as biomedical researchers working under the direction of faculty researchers.

The students' research is part of the Kansas Bridges to the Future program, a partnership with the National Institutes of Health that helps underrepresented minority students pursue careers in biomedical sciences. These students are attending community college and plan to transfer to K-State after their sophomore year to study biomedical and bio-behavioral sciences or similar areas, including mathematics, psychology and sociology.

The summer before transferring to K-State, the students participate in an eight-week internship at K-State, where they are paired with a faculty member in the area of research that interests them.

Three students working with Human Ecology faculty are:

  • Eduardo Acosta, Dodge City, performing human nutrition research with Weiqun "George" Wang, associate professor of human nutrition.
  • Cynthia Navarro, Dodge City, performing human nutrition research with Weiqun "George" Wang, associate professor of human nutrition.
  • Irma Ailon, Garden City, performing human nutrition research with Brian Lindshield, assistant professor of human nutrition.

Denis Medeiros is director of the program and head of the Department of Human Nutrition.

Prepared by K-State communications and marketing and Human Ecology communications

This article was posted on Wednesday, July 13, 2011, and is filed under College News, Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health.