BCAP Scholars Head to Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) National Competition

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BCAP Scholars Nabeeha Jalali, Fiona Samson and Pooja Kapoor.

On Friday, February 24th, thirteen BCAP Scholars presented research at the 59th Annual SE MI Regional Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) at Wayne State University's College of Education. Three of the BCAP Scholars will move on to the National Symposium.

The student research was conducted in the Biomedical Career Advancement Pipeline (BCAP) in the Summer 2022 program with mentors from Wayne State University School of Medicine and Detroit Wayne Integrated Health Network. These BCAP students are high school students from Metro Detroit who are interested in health careers.

Following the summer program's completion, a select group of students continued to edit their projects' papers and slideshow presentations, as well as create a poster representing their research in the BCAP Scholars program. Students applied and were invited to present orally at the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium.

Three BCAP Scholars made it to the final round of the presentations at Friday's symposium and placed in the Top 5 Presentations:

2nd Place: Nabeeha Jalali
Research conducted under Teena Chopra M.D., M.P.H. (clinical professor, WSU School of Medicine & Center for Emerging & Infectious Diseases)
3rd Place: Fiona Samson
Research conducted under Siddhesh Aras, MBBS, Ph.D. (assistant professor, WSU School of Medicine Center for Molecular Medicine & Genetics)
5th Place: Pooja Kapoor
Research conducted under Xiangmin Zhang Ph.D. (assistant professor (Research), WSU Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences)

JSHS distributed $4,500 in academic scholarships to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. All three finalists from BCAP Scholars will present orally or via poster at the National JSHS, hosted by the Naval Research Center in Virginia Beach in April 2023.