Friday we were up at South Carolina State University for the annual SCAMP conference. It's a conference for undergrads doing research under the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation program. The get the opportunity to gain some experience presenting the results of their summer research projects.
This year, my wife won the first place award for best oral presentation in the Biological Sciences category. She did a good job giving the talk for her project. She was a little disappointed that she didn't also win a prize for the best poster competition too (she won both last year), but she's still pleased.
LS-AMP is a neat program designed to encourage minority participation in the sciences. They help fix undergrad students up with research labs, provide a stipend, and give them a forum to present the results of their work. Along with the stipend for the summer work, scholarship awards are given to the best oral and poster presentations in several different categories. There a number of LS-AMP chapters in a bunch of different states that are definitely worth checking out.