We were very happy to receive a “Meritorious Award for Distinguished Presentation in Molecular and Computational Biology” at this year’s ABRCMS (Annual Biomedical Conference for Minority Students) conference! Congratulations goes to Marcus Sherman who placed in the top against 109 other presenters! Marcus presented our work on functional analysis of early versus delayed gene expression in a rat hippocampus model of excitotoxic shock. Marcus is a senior and RISE scholar at UNCP. This work was done in collaboration with William C. Friday Distinguished Professor of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry Ben Bahr.