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Wayne Community College student honored for biomedical presentation

By News-Argus Staff
Published in News on January 9, 2005 2:05 AM

A Wayne Community College student has been recognized for her poster presentation during the 2004 Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students.

Qwan Michelle "Mickey" Turton of Goldsboro, a sophomore, was the only winner from a community college in her category at the national conference. She was the only community college student from this state, and one of just two North Carolina college students, to win an award out of 1,034 students accepted to present at the conference.

Her presentation was based on research she conducted June through August 2004 as a participant in the Summer Undergraduate Research Focus at Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi.

In addition to presenting her abstract, Ms. Turton attended scientific sessions, professional development workshops, and poster and oral presentations by other students, as well as networking opportunities during the four-day national conference held in Dallas in November.

Ms. Turton is working on her associate in science degree with plans to transfer and continue her education toward a medical degree after this spring. She is a member of WCC's chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, a North Carolina Transfer Assistance in the Biomedical Sciences participant and the WCC Student Government Association local interaction chairperson.

Ms. Turton is the daughter of Clifton and Inez Middleton and the granddaughter of Gladys Brewer, all of Goldsboro.

The annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students is designed to encourage students to pursue advanced training in the biomedical sciences or behavioral sciences. It is sponsored by The National Institute of General Medical Sciences Division of Minority Opportunities in Research Programs and managed by the American Society for Microbiology.