2020 BioME Student Showcase Recap
On April 15, 2020, BioME organized the second annual BioME Student Showcase. The format was a little different this year, but despite obvious difficulties, the Showcase was held virtually and proved to be a success. 10 college students and 16 high school students were selected to virtually present their original life sciences-related research to a panel of judges in competition for cash and academic prizes.
The BioME Student Showcase & Spring Networking Reception was originally scheduled to be held at Cloudport CoWorking Multispace in Portland, but the in-person event was moved online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Showcase was held via Zoom and began with the Maine BioGENEius Challenge/high school poster competition. BioME is the official local partner for the BioGENEius Challenge, a prestigious international biotech competition for grades 9-12. High School students were interviewed individually and asked to share their poster, talk about their research, and answer questions from the judges. Later in the day, college students, mentors and judges connected through a Zoom video conference for the college fast-pitch segment of the competition. College students presented their research through a 3-minute pitch and 5 slides. Each pitch was followed by questions from the judges. The winners were announced the following day at noon.
This year’s college winners include:
- 1st Place Award – Sarah Holbrook, University of Maine
AAV9-Ighmbp2 gene therapy significantly improves motor performance in severe SMARD1-like mouse model, nmdem3
- 2nd Place Award –Anastasia D’Amico, University of Southern Maine
Investigating the Effect that Inhibiting FABP4 or FABP5 May Have in Myeloma Cell Proliferation
- 3rd Place Award – Rachel Cray, University of Southern Maine
Role of oxidative stress within the astaxanthin biosynthesis pathway of Haematococcus pluvialis