7 local students participate in Bridges to the Baccalaureate Summer Research Institute at FMU
FLORENCE, S.C. – Seven area students participated in the Bridges to the Baccalaureate Summer Research Institute at Francis Marion University.
The institute was conducted during the Maymester and Summer I sessions at FMU. The institute is part of the Bridges to the Baccalaureate program, a partnership between FMU, Florence-Darlington Technical College, Northeastern Technical College and Williamsburg Technical College.
The goal of the program is to get minority students at two-year institutions to continue school and earn a four-year degree, said Peter King, an associate professor of biology at FMU and director of the institute.
Students in the institute took courses in mathematics, molecular biology and research. Throughout the year, they also participate in science colloquia and meetings, such as the South Carolina Academy of Science meeting. Selected students will have the opportunity to travel to San Diego in October for the Annual Biomedical Conference for Minority Students, where they may present results of research carried out this summer.
The program is funded by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. FMU professors serve as instructors for the summer research institute.
Local students participating in the Bridges Summer Research Institute, with hometown, are:
Florence-Darlington Technical College: Kevin Pate, Bennettsville; Mary Fulwood, Dillon; Tammy Sealey, Hamer.
Northeastern Technical College: Delbra Jordan, Hartsville; Heather Jacobs, Cheraw; Mark Short, Cheraw.
Williamsburg Technical College: Danielle Nelson, Salters.
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