The Second Annual FLIRT Symposium
On Friday, February 19, 2016, the Health and Natural Sciences Division hosted the Second Annual FLIRT Symposium. Dr. Rose Mary Stiffin (Chair) came up with the acronym, Former Lions Involved in Research and Technology, as a way both to entice and inform the public about the Division’s efforts in successfully graduating students in STEM (mainly biology and chemistry/engineering) who go on to pursue graduate or professional degrees in their area of study.
The speakers for Friday’s event were Dr. Trevis Huggins (PhD in Plant Physiology); Miss Vanessa Sanders (who will receive her PhD in nuclear chemistry, making her the first black female to do so, in the summer of this year); Miss Shalonna Battle, a Nurse Practitioner; Mr. James Louis – Jean, a graduate student in nuclear chemistry; and Mr. Ralph Valentin, a graduate student at Florida International University; and Miss Josy Travieso, a recent graduate in biology who is studying for the MCAT. Dr. Dimitri Tamalis invited and sponsored Mr. Louis – Jean’s and Miss Sanders’s attendance to and presentation at this event. Dr. Ayivi Huisso invited Miss Akiva Fraser, although she was unable to attend. Former students who could not make it but sent either videos or PowerPoint presentations were Dr. Osi Iyalomhe, who will graduate with his MD from Howard University this spring; Dr. Anna Major, practicing in the Bahamas; Mr. Dejon Maloney, a third – year medical student at Florida State University; and Miss Sandya Jiandani, a third – year medical student, native to St. Maarten, who is attending medical school in the Caribbean.
Dr. Gershwin Blyden, an oncologist/hematologist and member of the Board of Trustees for the University, served as the moderator, and Dr. Claude – Henry Volmar, a researcher in Alzheimer’s disease at the University of Miami, was the Keynote Speaker.
The Science Club at Florida Memorial University is a registered student organization. The purpose of this club is to educate students on scientific research, trends, and issues, as well as to improve community interaction, and sponsor scientific-related events and activities.
To join the club, a student must attend the meetings and pay nominal annual dues. If you are interested in joining this fantastic club, please contact Dr. Michael Elliott.
The Florida – Georgia Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (FGLSAMP)
The Florida – Georgia Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (FGLSAMP) was founded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The Florida State University Chapter of the FGLSAMP program is part of a nationwide alliance that began in the fall of 1992. The program’s goal is to facilitate the entry of FGLSAMP Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) majors into graduate programs while increasing the production of minority graduates in the STEM areas. These goals are met through:
- Visits to graduate institutions
- FGLSAMP Mentoring Program
- Monthly Workshops/Meetings
- Internships/Research Opportunities
- Assist students in getting accepted at top-notch graduate institutions
- Assist students with obtaining full-time employment opportunities
WHAT DOES FGLSAMP PROVIDE YOU?
- Based on cumulative GPA, participation, and other criteria
- Freshman and sophomores receive up to $500
- Juniors and seniors receive up to $1,000
- Received at the end of the academic year (end of spring semester)
- FGLSAMP Regional/National Conferences
- FGLSAMP @FSU Professional Seminars
FGLSAMP PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
GPA: 3.0 or greater
SAT: Minimum score of 1000
ACT: Minimum score of 21
The student must be an active student matriculating in one of the following areas:
- Computer Science/Computer Information Systems
Two workshops will be conducted, one per semester, with tips for how to identify the correct answers for the MCAT/DCAT/GRE in a multiple choice context. These workshops will provide focused guidance for the verbal section and a clear plan of attack for the writing portion.Subjects discussed in these workshops will include basic biochemistry, chemical processes, organ systems biology, basic physics and chemistry, organic chemistry, and sociology, among others.
Topics new to the MCAT are behavior, biochemistry, psychology and sociology; traditional MCAT materials do not address them in great depth. An MCAT problem bank will be available with these workshops. It will feature hundreds of questions that have been chosen to reflect the new content.