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2013 Southeast Regional IDeA Meeting

November 18, 2013

LSU Shreveport is proud to announce that eight of its students will present at the 2013 Southeast Regional IDeA Meeting in Little Rock, Arkansas.  These students represent half of all Louisiana students offering presentations.  The eight students are Amber Williams, Dominique Washington, Israel Soto, Steven Adelmund, Madison Wynne, Phillip Palyok, Peyton Rachal, and Kimera Williams.

The speakers at the conference will focus on topics relating to bioinformatics, cancer, cardiovascular research, cell signaling, infectious disease, immunology, and neuroscience.  Phillip Palyok, a senior biochemistry major, will be presenting on the effects of a potent anti-cancer agent.  “Cancer is a highly known and dangerous defect that kills many humans.  Just the thought of possibly helping people with cancer and all the scientific experience I have learned over the span of doing research is where my interest is,” explained Palyok.

In addition to the presentations, the conference will offer awards, networking opportunities, and topic tables. Undergraduate Israel Soto, who has presented at several conferences, is eager to learn about graduate school options at the IDeA Meeting.  “I'm looking forward to the information about graduate schools; they normally have some form of presentation discussing how to successfully apply to graduate schools,” said Soto.

Dr. Elahe Mahdavian, one of the four LSUS professors who worked on these projects, is excited about this opportunity for her students.  "The upcoming 2013 Southeastern Regional IDeA meeting provides an ideal platform for our students to present their research, gain exposure to exciting medical research, and learn about graduate career opportunities.  I have asked my students to attend as many presentations as possible to learn about the current areas of cancer research, as well as other research relevant to human health.  I have also encouraged them not to be shy about introducing themselves to presenters and to ask thoughtful and probing questions.  This will help them to begin building a network of academic support that is indispensable to their future endeavors as educators, researchers, or medical professionals,” said Dr. Mahdavian.

The conference will take place November 15-18, 2013. For more information about the conference, please visit


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