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UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA APPRENTICE WINS NAACP COMPETITION FOR RESEARCH

 UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA APPRENTICE
 WINS NAACP COMPETITION FOR RESEARCH
 TAMPA, Fla., July 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Tampa high school graduate Michelle Gordon recently won first place at a science competition hosted by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in Nashville, Tenn.
 Gordon, who graduated in June from Chamberlain High School, has spent the last three summers assisting in pancreatic cancer research through the Minority High School Student Research Apprentice Program in the University of South Florida College of Medicine.
 In July, the 17-year-old scientist presented her work to the NAACP's Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) and won first place in the biology section.
 In addition to a medal and certificate, Gordon won $1,000, and a personal computer from Digital Equipment Corp.
 Under the direction of William Gower, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at USF, Gordon examined the effect of steroid hormones on the growth and function of malignant pancreatic cells.
 "Working with students like Michelle is so gratifying because the hard work and dedication pays off in more ways than just awards and plaques," Dr. Gower said.
 "Michelle's enthusiasm and talent will take her a long way."
 Gordon, who has been participating in science fairs since the fifth grade, will enter Florida A&M University at the end of August, where she received a full scholarship. She plans to study pharmacy.
 "My participation in the program allowed me to work with Dr. Gower," Gordon said.
 "He understands the necessity of having hands-on experience and trusted me to work on my own. I feel that the experience I gained is invaluable and will benefit me in my future medical career."
 The USF Minority High School Student Research Apprentice Program is an eight-week program for academically talented students, all with grade point averages of 3.5 or better.
 The students are teamed with USF faculty mentors who teach the students the basics of laboratory science, including experimental protocol and evaluation of data.
 The program has been directed for the last 12 years by Ted Williams, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
 This summer, 10 high school students were accepted into the program.
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