Tarleton sophomore accepted for A&M DRUMR research

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Tarleton sophomore Ashley Plasencia has been accepted into the Texas A&M College of Medicine Developing and Readying Underrepresented Minority Researchers Summer Research Program.

Sophomore Ashley Plasencia has been accepted into the Texas A&M College of Medicine DRUMR program.

The Developing and Readying Underrepresented Minority Researchers Summer Research Program has received a National Institute of Health/National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) grant to provide exposure, training and mentoring for under-represented minority students, one from each Texas A&M University System school.

“I will be an undergraduate researcher,” Ashley said. “We are each responsible for developing our own research project and presenting our findings at the end of our DRUMR program with faculty and our peers.”

Her areas of research interest are cardiology, immunology, genetics and animal metabolism.

The Texas A&M College of Medicine 10-week summer undergraduate research program in Bryan-College Station will incorporate TAMUS students and produce a network of diverse researchers to address NIDDK-related areas important in biomedical research.

Ashley, from Pflugerville, plans to graduate in the Class of 2023 with a degree in biology. Her research opportunity begins May 24 and runs through July 30.

“I am very excited to join this program,” she said. “I've been wanting to explore the opportunities in research and where this path could take me later in life.”