It was my first time in Detriot and my first time attending a huge event such as the Forbes under 30 summit that had about 9k+ attendees. Chidubem Ezinne and I were the two under 30 scholars representing Bowie State that were in attendance.
Annapolis & Anne Arundel County Scholarship Trust Scholars . Bowie State University. Sean Roberts , Danual Clark and Ebony Brown
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.
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.
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."
Being the first generation in my family to be attending a university in the united states is something I'll ever be grateful for. It is a rare opportunity, and I do not take it lightly.
During my sophomore year I knew that I wanted to apply for internships for the summer, but I didn’t know where to go and if I would even get in.
Juan has recently graduated from Bloomfield College in New Jersey this past May with a dual degree in Business Management and also Finance.
I would like to first thank the Colonial Challenge Cup for sponsoring me with the Annapolis and Anne Arundel Trust Scholarship. My first semester is going well, I am prospering through introduction to biology and introduction to psychology.