ANNAPOLIS & ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY SCHOLARSHIP TRUST SCHOLARS.BOWIE STATE UNIVERSITY.SEAN
ROBERTS,DANUAL CLARK AND KE’ASIA EDWARS
The Next-Gen Business Partnership exposes minority students to new career opportunities; promotes entrepreneurship; and encourages knowledge sharing among academics, business leaders, and trade associations.
BRIANNA NDIKUM AND SHAWN BELL TRAVELING TO GORDOUNSTON INTER
Brianna and Shawn at Dulles International Airport on their way to Scotland to spend the next three weeks at Gordonstoun International Summer School. As scholarship awardees of the Gordonstoun American Foundation, they will meet students from over 35 countries between the ages of 8 – 16. They will receive instructions on a variety of courses including Arts and Crafts, Technology, Confidence Building, Music Making, Drama, Sailing and adventurous activities including Ocean Cruising. A trip of a lifetime awaits…
A FEW WORDS FROM TRINITY BROWN, A 2017 STUDENT
“My experience at Gordonstoun International Summer School was truly life changing. This experience is one I can never forget. I’ve met so many remarkable people from all over the world. The students I met enhanced my understanding of different cultures and gave me the opportunity to view the world in many different perspectives. Not only have I met these amazing people but I’ve made life-long friends with them. Thank you for giving me the best summer I’ve ever had. Spectacular occurrences don’t usually happen to someone like me. I’m so grateful for this and your generosity. With all that I’ve learned, I will use to my advantage and set out to do great things. I’ve gotten to do the imaginable.”
ANNAPOLIS & ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY SCHOLARSHIP TRUST SCHOLAR KOBE ABNEY SPELLMAN COLLEGE
This past week I have the opportunity to present my research at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) in Anaheim, California. I presented my research on Melanin Binding as a Strategy for Sustaining Drug Delivery in the Eye, which was conducted during my 2019 summer internship at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in the lab of Dr. Laura Ensign. We wanted to see how well drugs used to treat Glaucoma bind to melanin found in the eye. We were able to successfully classify two drugs currently on the market to treat Glaucoma to have a low binding capacity to melanin. In the future, the lab hopes to develop a vehicle to increase the binding capacity of these drugs for better drug retention and overall better treatment of the disease.
At the conference, I not only presented my research, but I also attended professional development sessions and had the opportunity to speak to graduate schools about their programs and internships. My career goal is to obtain a Ph.D. in Pharmacology and later work as a research scientist for a Pharmaceutical company. So, being able to network with my top grad school options pushed me one step forward to accomplishing my goals. Overall, the conference was an amazing learning experience. I was surrounded by other minority scientists who are just as dedicated to impacting the medical field as I am.