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Two Hunter Students Awarded Salk Scholarships

Hunter students Erika Osorio and Lucas Resende Salgado have been selected as winners of Jonas E. Salk scholarships for 2010. Osorio and Salgado are among eight CUNY students who were selected by a panel of distinguished physicians as 2010 Salk scholars on the basis of their outstanding academic records and volunteer work.

As part of their research Osorio probed the role of N-terminal asparagine residues in rat glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor and Salgado investigated the synthesis and characterization of the porphyrins. Asparagines are a kind of amino acid. Porphyrins are a group of chemicals that help form many important substances in the body, including hemoglobin and the protein in red blood cells.

Both students have been accepted into medical schools, another requirement. In the fall, Osorio will enter New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and Salgado will begin his studies at the New York University School of Medicine.

The scholarships were created by New York City in 1955 to honor Jonas Salk, the City College graduate who developed the first anti-polio vaccine. The winners receive a total of $8,000 - $2,000 a year for the four years of medical school.

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