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 t EDUCATION PROGRAM UPDATES Undergraduate Physiology, continued
  Congratulations! IBP Top GPA 2020-2021
Michael Simms
 Undergraduate Physiology
Spring 2022 Graduates. The Human Physiology major continues to thrive academically with 83 spring semester graduates. Michael Simms earned the honor of graduate with the top GPA, holding a 4.0 for his entire undergradu- ate career. He wasn’t alone in maintaining an excellent academic record as the top 25% of the class finished with an average 3.87 GPA. The average GPA of our graduating class was a very respectable 3.47.
Diversity and Inclusion. The first UPRIME class pro- duced posters based on their work and participated in a poster session sponsored by the Undergraduate Physiol- ogy Society during the spring 2022 term. It was a great opportunity to share their enthusiasm for research and to inform other majors of the UPRIME opportunity.
Two of last summer’s UPRIME students are now 1st year medical students at the U of MN. This year’s stu- dents were: Ahmed-Rashad Ahmed mentored by Tim O’Connell, Sarah Larson mentored by Emilyn Alejan- dro, Huy Nguyen mentored by Xavier Revelo, Kevin Tran mentored by Hai-Bin Ruan and Joey Quick mentored by Joe Metzger. Their summer of research led to poster pre- sentations at the IBP sponsored Cardio-Palooza event.
The summer also marked our sending out a request for applications for the inaugural group of INtegrative biol- ogy and Physiology Undergraduate Training (INPUT) scholars. This program targets freshman and sophomore students who are underrepresented in science and have an interest in biomedical research. The selection process is underway and the students will begin their research internships during the spring term 2023.

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