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Undergraduate Research Spotlight

Fall 2019

Fall for Fall Spotlight: An Undergraduate Research Family

Patricio Meneses

This fall, we are so pleased to spotlight an undergraduate research superstar mentor, Dr. Patricio Meneses. Each year, dozens of students get involved in his research- and he gets involved in their lives well beyond this. His lab is a place where everyone has a voice (and old school rap reigns supreme). The long-term goal of Dr. Meneses' research is to understand the basic processes that are necessary to establish HPV infection. Understanding the process of initial viral entry and trafficking can result in novel approaches to decrease infection and lessen the burden of HPV related cancers. His students, who go on to truly saving lives as scientists and health professionals, are supported by his dedicated mentorship, deep engagement in lab techniques, and the opportunity to disseminate their work at conferences and even in publications. We are very grateful to Dr. Meneses for all that his does and the family atmosphere he creates for our students.

The Scope and Impact of Undergraduate Research

Student presenting poster board at Bronx Zoo

Each month, Fordham College at Rose Hill is proud to share highlights from our thriving undergraduate research program. Our students are actively involved in faculty-mentored research across disciplines, participating in a range of activities including utilizing state of the art equipment in our labs, meeting with patients in medical settings, spending time in the community interviewing and surveying members to achieve a greater understanding of historical and contemporary questions, reviewing source data in New York City and even around the world, as well as collecting specimens in the field for our many projects based in environmental settings. Excitingly, our students' contributions have considerable impact in their respective fields and to their professional development.