January 23, 2015
Logan, Shawnee students begin research training
CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Eleven community college students are participating in the SI Bridges to the Baccalaureate program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
The students, from John A. Logan College and Shawnee Community College, received white lab coats during a ceremony on Thursday, Jan. 22, as they begin biomedical and behavioral science research training. The SI Bridges program is funded by the National Institutes of Health and provides the paid training for students who are encouraged to complete a bachelor’s degree at SIU in science, technology, engineering, math, or social science disciplines.
Susan M. Ford, acting provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, and other university and community college representatives from John A. Logan and Shawnee Community College gave remarks and participated in opening ceremonies. Others participating were Rodrigo Carramiñana, director, SIU Carbondale Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities and associate professor in math; Karen Renzaglia, professor in plant biology, SIU McNair Scholars program director and SI Bridges program co-director; Andrew Sharp, an assistant professor in anatomy at the School of Medicine in Carbondale and SI Bridges program co-director; Mike Dreith, John A. Logan College president, and Jean Ellen Boyd, dean of instructional services, Shawnee Community College.
Students participating in SI Bridges to the Baccalaureate program and ceremony, with hometown and major, are:
John A. Logan College
Brittan Cobb, New York City, N.Y., biology; Lauren Derossett, Du Quoin, biology; Troy Johnson, Marion, biology; Felicity Reiman, Ava, biology; Alec Weir, Chester, biomedical science.
Shawnee Community College
Tiffany Beanland, Dongola, biology; Andrea Botello, Vienna, biomedical science; Jennifer Cocom, Cobden, biomedical science; Austyn Frassato, Goreville, biochemistry; Tasha Swenney, Metropolis, mechanical engineering; Saundra Wathen, Thebes, biomedical science.