Akosuah Agyei SAS'12 Presents at the American Chemical Society's 59th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium


Akosuah Agyei SAS'12, a chemistry and biology major, gave a presentation and talk at the American Chemical Society's (ACS) 59th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium on May 7, 2011 held at the College of Mount St. Vincent. Akos' presentation was based on the research that she conducted in the laboratory of Dr. Susan B. Horwitz at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine Summer Undergraduate Research Program during the summer of 2010.

This ACS Symposium is a capstone opportunity for the professional formation of undergraduate chemistry majors.  It provides an unparalleled forum for undergraduate scientists-in-training to perfect their skills in the communication and presentation of their scientific research in an environment of peers and their mentors.  Akos’ presentation "Senescense: a Surrogate Marker of Differentiation, Predicts Outcome to Taxol Therapy in Breast Cancer" was delivered in the Biological Chemistry section.  Akos' mentors in the project included Dr. Susan Horwitz, Dr. Lingling Liu, and Dr. Haley McDade from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and Dr. Elvira Longordo, Assistant Professor of Chemistry at CNR.

Other CNR students who also attend the ACS 59th Undergraduate Research Symposium volunteered to be moderators in various sections of the Symposium.  The role of the moderators includes the coordination and presentation of the student speakers in the various topical sessions which include analytical chemistry, biological chemistry, environmental and green chemistry, as well as inorganic, organic, and polymer chemistry. Alyssa Beasley SAS'12 was moderator in the Chemical Education session, Denise Dailey SAS'14 was moderator in one of the Analytical Chemistry Sessions, and Zuleyka Hernandez SAS'14, was moderator in a Biochemistry Session.  

Participation in this volunteer activity gives students the opportunity to provide their services to a student led activity of the New York Section of the American Chemical Society, to learn about undergraduate research, and to aspire to present their research in the years to come during their undergraduate chemistry careers.  

The participants were also treated to a lecture given by Dr. Ann McDermott, Esther Breslow Professor of Biological Chemistry at Columbia University.  Dr. Breslow's keynote address was entitled "Shifting Shapes - How to See a Protein's Moves".  In addition to being enlightened with the presentations, all symposium attendees were treated to lunch, lively conversations with students and faculty from other colleges, and iced cream sundaes for dessert.

Pictured here are (left to right), front row: Alyssa Beasley SAS'12, Akosuah Agyei SAS'12, Denise Dailey SAS'14. Back row: Zuleyka Hernandez SAS'14, Dr. Elvira Longordo.