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Alcorn biology student wins award for research in pharmacology at ABRCMS national conference

Alcorn State University student Keiera Ducksworth, a senior biology major from Taylorsville, Mississippi, made her department and her university proud. Keiera’s research work in pharmacology won the best presentation award at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) conference held recently in St. Louis, Missouri.

“It is a big achievement,” stated Dr. Bettaiya Rajanna, chairperson for the Biology Department. “Over 1500 students from all over the nation held their research presentations in various areas of biological sciences. Out of these 1500 papers, 215 papers were judged as the best presentation in 11 scientific categories. And we are so proud that Keiera was among the winners and received a certificate of achievement and a cash prize of $250.”

Keiera Ducksworth’s research work “A Comparative Study and Establishment of Mechanism of Action of Marketed Antidiabetic Polyherbal Formulations” was part of Minority Health International Research Training (MHIRT) held at Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, India, from June 8 to August 12, 2011. She received training in pharmaceutical research from Dr. Rajeswararo Pragada, professor of pharmacy, and two of his doctoral students.

“I received excellent research experience from a group of distinguished research scientists at Andhra University,” said Keiera. “I know now that research in pharmacology is what I would like to do upon graduation from Alcorn. I would like to work at hospital laboratory for a while and then apply to graduate school.”

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