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PBSC students present undergraduate research at FAU symposium

Palm Beach State College students Kyla Torres and Lourdes Baldera were invited to present their undergraduate research project at Florida Atlantic University’s 14th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium on April 5 in Boca Raton.

Under the guidance of PBSC professor Dr. Shivangi Prasad, Torres and Baldera presented an in-depth science literature review via posterboard on the Ecological and Human Health Impacts of Agrochemicals use in banana production.

“Being two of the only PBSC students at the symposium, Kyla and Lourdes’ contributions serve as another significant development in the strengthening cross-institutional collaboration between PBSC and FAU,” said STEM Articulation and Transfer Collaborative (SATC) grant Coordinator Brandon White.

NSF’s SATC team worked actively with Lauren Gapczynski, assistant director and program manager of FAU’s LEARN Program and one of the main coordinators for this year’s symposium, to recruit student applicants from PBSC. Both parties are in talks to further develop the symposium collaboration into next year by including more PBSC students from a variety of majors and programs.

This cross-institutional collaboration is just one of the many projects undertaken by the SATC grant team to further strengthen the bond between these institutions to better support current students’ success so they can eventually transfer.

If you would like to find out more about these projects and/or see how you can contribute, please contact White at and check out the SATC website.

FAU’s Undergrad Research Symposium is hosted by FAU’s Office of Undergraduate Research and Inquiry and traditionally features FAU undergraduate students from various majors ranging from STEM to communication. For more information, visit

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