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Guam EPSCoR Student Awarded in STEM Diversity Conference

Date Posted: 
Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 04:30

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SACNAS 2018

Guam EPSCoR student, Jordan Barcinas, receives coveted “Outstanding Research Presentation” award in the General Biology/Life Sciences division.

Last month, a total of 17 UOG students and faculty attended the 2018 Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) National Conference. The 45th annual conference was held in San Antonio, Texas from October 9 – 13. The SACNAS National Conference is regarded as the nation’s largest diversity in STEM conference with over 4,000 student and professional attendees annually. 

UOG students competed against thousands of students from across the country during poster presentation sessions. Jordan Barcinas, a UOG Biology student, received a coveted “Outstanding Research Presentation” award in the General Biology/Life Sciences division. 

“Winning the award felt surreal, but I am honored that my experiment and presentation was held in such high regard,” elated Barcinas. “I really enjoyed the 2018 SACNAS conference, and I’m thankful to UOG for the experience.” Dr. Bastian Bentlage from the University of Guam Marine Laboratory and Guam EPSCoR mentored Barcinas in his hydroid (jellyfish) research project.

Travel for the Guam delegation to the SACNAS National Conference was made possible through grants awarded to the University of Guam, including the Guam Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (Guam EPSCoR), National Science Foundation INCLUDES Pilot: Growing STEM, UOG Sea Grant, UOG School of Nursing and Health Science’s Build Exito program, the UOG Professional and International Programs, and the Research Corporation of the University of Guam. 



Jordan Barcinas

Bachelor of Science in General Biology/Life Sciences; University of Guam 
SACNAS Poster Presentation: FamiliarFaces: Allorecognition and Regeneration of the Colonial Hydroid Corydendrium parasiticum