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Afton Trent, Virginia Commonwealth University

Afton Trent, a member of the VCU class of 2012, is currently a safety, health, and environmental engineering intern at Meadwestvaco. A chemical and life sciences engineering major, she was also selected for VCU's 2009 iGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machine) Team. Afton joined the iGEM Team to gain experience by exploring synthetic biology and other aspects of chemical engineering.





Poanna Bennam is majoring in clinical laboratroy science and came to VCU afer graduating magna cum laude from her high school. Poanna decided to major in biology after becoming involved in VA-NC Alliance program at Virginia Commonwealth University.


Arriyam Fesshaye, Virginia Commonwealth University


Arriyam Sofia Fesshaye is currently a sophomore biology major and came to VCU with an advanced diploma carrying a mathematics and science academy seal. She plans to follow her father's professional path and become a pharmacist.




Racheida Lewis, Virginia Commonwealth University


Racheida Lewis is currently a junior at VCU and is studying engineering. In the summer of 2010, while participating in the VA-NC Alliance's first Summer Research Program in the Systems Information and Engineering track, she conducted research on a prostate exam simulator. Subsequently, Racheida worked as an Application Engineering Intern with General Electric.


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