Peyton Keynotes Northeast Alliance Science Day in Puerto Rico

Shelly Peyton
Sandy Petersen

Shelly Peyton, assistant professor of chemical engineering, gave the keynote address during the 7th Northeast Alliance Science Day on Feb. 13 at the  Universidad de Puerto Rico Mayagüez.

Organized by Sandra Petersen, executive director of the STEM Diversity Institute and professor of veterinary and animal sciences and Antonio Estévez, professor of chemical engineering at the host campus, the event drew representatives of the nine institutions of the Northeast Alliance for Graduate Education in the Professoriate (NEAGEP), of which UMass Amherst is the lead institution.

This year’s NEA Science Day featured 60 competitive poster presentations by undergraduates from a wide range of STEM fields. 

Jesús G. Alvelo-Maurosa, a doctoral candidate in the department of microbiology and a NEAGEP fellow, gave a talk, “From Soil to Biofuels: The Role of a Microbe in Renewable Energy,” on Feb. 12 at the Universidad de Puerto Rico de Rio Piedras. Alvelo-Maurosa is an Institute for Cellular Engineering Integrated Graduate Education and Research Traineeship National Science Foundation fellow in the laboratory of professor Susan B. Leschine of veterinary and animal sciences.

Heyda Martinez, program director for the campus’s National Institutes of Health Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD), met  with students to outline the benefits of the program to the seminar. The IMSD is a program for increasing the numbers of students from underrepresented groups undertaking doctoral degrees in the biomedical and behavioral sciences.