Thirteen groups of California State University, Fresno students will present research on topics including genes, proteins, cancers, crops and water quality during the 23rd annual CSU Biotechnology Symposium Jan. 7-8, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency Orange County.

The symposium brings together nearly 500 California State University (CSU) students from 21 of the 23 CSU campuses. The event allows students to connections between innovative life science research and the impacts it has on society, view cutting-edge biotechnologies and be inspired for success in the global economy.
“This is a great opportunity for students, as they are able to present their research and also talk about it with others studying similar topics. This allows for the students to learn more from others as well as expand on their own professional development,” said Dr. James Prince, a Fresno State biology professor

Fresno State student research presentations cover an array of issues including developments in what causes and can possibly prevent breast cancer and local issues such as assessing water quality in the upper Fresno River Watershed.

In addition to presenting research, the symposium offers students a chance to attend panel discussions on various topics as well as career fairs specifically designed for students studying life science based fields, said Prince who is sitting on a DNA discussion panel during the symposium.

The symposium is sponsored by the CSU Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology.

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