Texas Tau (UTEP) Phi Tim Brown recently won first prizes for his presentations at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS). It’s the largest professional conference for minority students to pursue advanced training in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Tim Brown, a senior chemistry major, won first prize for his oral presentation titled Insect Cell Expression and Purification of PTEN — A Tumor Suppressing Lipid Phosphatase.
During the four-day conference, more than 1,500 students participate in poster and oral presentations in 12 disciplines in the biomedical and behavioral sciences, including mathematics.
Brown is involved in UTEP’s Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) program. MARC is a special research training activity of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences.
One of the program’s goals is to increase the number and capabilities of scientists from underrepresented minority groups who are engaged in biomedical research. Another goal is to strengthen science curricula and research opportunities at institutes with substantial minority enrollment in order to prepare those students for research careers.