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Fellowships for high school students from underrepresented minority groups

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Fellowships for high school students from underrepresented minority groups

The PASPCR invites applications from PASPCR members to support a summer research project to be performed by a high school student in your lab. Colgate-Palmolive Company has generously provided funding for two high school students from underrepresented minority groups (URMs) to conduct a 10 week summer research project focused on pigment cell biology.  The goal of these fellowships is to expand research opportunities for URMs at an early stage in their education so that they develop an interest in research and become the next generation of scientists.  Each recipient will receive $5,000 in summer stipend and the PASPCR will fund two travel awards for the students to attend and present their work at the next PASPCR meeting.

Applications will be accepted until January 15, 2021 and awards will be announced in early March.

President’s Corner: Letter 1

Hello PASPCR colleagues.

I hope you are all well and safe and suitably coping with the COVID-19 pandemic. These are extraordinary times, quite unlike anything we’ve seen in recent memory. Many institutions where we work have markedly limited research activities and as a result, many of us are trying to do what we can remotely. Personally, I have Zoom/FaceTime meeting fatigue, but it’s better than not being able to communicate with colleagues and friends and family. While this pandemic is terrible in what it has done to our liberties, to our collective health, to the IPCC meeting planned for Japan in June, to our productivity and to our economy, the changes it has forced upon us aren’t entirely without positive aspects. For me and my family, we’ve become much closer. We’re cooking and eating together more, going for walks around the neighborhood more and working together around the house on projects aided by teamwork. We’ve learned to compromise more, for example, to respect each other’s time when we have videomeetings and do our best to not be too loud during these times. My daughter, a second year college student, is home and doing her learning remotely. While she would prefer to be with her friends at college, it’s wonderful having her home! I hope you too can find some positive aspects to the pandemic and may we all find solace in them until things return to normal.