May 12, 2017
The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) recently awarded Nutrition doctoral student Sharmin Hossain a $1,850 Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) Travel Award. They are awarded through a grant from the National Institutes of General Medical Sciences, part of the National Institutes of Health. MARC awards promote the entry of students from underrepresented groups into the science community, and the travel award provides funding for registration and travel expenses at scientific meetings by the awardees.
“I could not believe I got selected for this award knowing how competitive it is,” says Hossain. “I felt extremely privileged to be the one person representing UMass Amherst this year among the awardees,” she adds.
The award funded Hossain’s attendance at the Experimental Biology conference in Chicago, IL, held April 22-26, 2017. The conference is an annual meeting of six scientific societies related to anatomy, biochemistry and molecular biology, investigative pathology, nutrition, pharmacology, and physiology. While there she presented an abstract based on research for her dissertation, about colorectal and breast cancer and their relationship with vitamin D and the bioactive food component sulforaphane, which is found in vegetables such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and cabbages.
“I attended several mentored workshops and learned some of the different paths for an academic career. Some folks got their Ph.D. and went straight to a faculty position, others did a few postdocs, and some even worked in industry before transitioning to working in higher education. It was an eye opening experience for me,” explains Hossain.
“I also received some great feedback from a few of the mentors about pursuing my dream career and how to plan effectively. It was well worth my time and I could not have done it without the support from FASEB MARC,” she says.