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On Thursday, June 16, Columbia College hosted the second annual Biomedical Research Program (CCBRP) Summer Research Symposium. Eight students worked to prepare and execute five research presentations on subjects ranging from the effects and social norms surrounding e-cigarettes to the genetic evolution in mosquitoes carrying Malaria. The CCBRP is funded through the South Carolina Idea Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (SC INBRE), and the goal is to increase research capacity and create a network of research faculty and students in academic institutions across the state. Columbia College is one of 14 member institutions chosen to participate in the program.

The students represented: Darci Dawson, Arwen Wedgeworth, Seire Baker-Morgan, Gavin Rice, Jaquaya Adams, Kristin McConnell, Zhaire Casteal, and Tre’tavia Jackson were mentored by Dr. Adrienne Oxley, Dr. Vida Mingo, Dr. Chakia McClendon, and Dr. Mary Jon Barrineau. The students had six weeks to choose, research, organize, and presents their findings on their selected topics, and the results were a true representation of the caliber of student one can find at Columbia College. The hard work, dedication, and commitment were evident, and these values complimented the support and guidance shared by caring faculty advisors.

Columbia College is proud to be represented by such committed, intelligent, and well-spoken students in the Biomedical Research world. The institution looks toward the bright futures ahead of our 2022 Summer research Symposium Participants! Well done, Dr. Oxley and the entire Division of Health, Math, and Sciences team, who work tirelessly to make this program and all others, the resounding success they are!

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Tamia Sumpter

Tamia is a driven senior undergraduate Bioengineering student currently enrolled at Clemson University. With a strong foundation in her field, she has honed her skills through hands-on experience in research and development at Eli Lilly & Company. During her time in the ADME department, Tamia contributed significantly by working on siRNAs and their applications in finding In Vitro-In Vivo Correlation (IVIVC). Looking ahead, Tamia has set her sights on a promising career in law. She aspires to specialize in Intellectual Property Law, with a particular focus on serving as in-house counsel for leading medical device or pharmaceutical companies. Her enthusiasm for this role is palpable as she prepares to embark on her legal journey! She is also a proud member of the Omicron Phi chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., PEER Mentor for Clemson PEER/WiSE, and currently serves as the President of Clemson Bioengineering Organization (CBO). With her unique blend of scientific knowledge and legal interests, Tamia is poised to make a meaningful impact in the healthcare and life sciences industries.