ReBUILDetroit Students Enjoy Enriching Summer

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Summer Research Experience Poster Symposium

The summer ReBUILD Poster Symposium is an opportunity for ReBUILD scholars to display the research they completed during the five-week Summer Research Experience program. Following the first-year and for the remaining semesters and summers, scholars participate in the Summer Research Experience, a faculty-mentored laboratory experience based on their chosen research track. Scholars select their research trajectory from one of the following Research Coordination Network (RCN) courses: biology, chemistry and health disparity.

Over 85 posters were on display at the symposium with 115 students in attendance from Wayne State University and University of Detroit Mercy. Students were able to present their completed research to audience members comprised of faculty, family and friends on the University of Detroit Mercy Campus.

This event is a great opportunity for scholars to gain valuable experience presenting their work to broad audiences that will aid them during future conferences.

Summer Enrichment Program Closing Ceremony

ReBUILD cohort 4 scholars spent the summer preparing for their high school to collegiate academic transition, working with faculty mentors, attending lectures and conducting research. To celebrate the successful completion of the rigorous Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) a closing ceremony was held to honor the students in front of family and friends.

The keynote speaker of the event was Dustin T. Duncan, ScD, an associate professor at the NYU School of Medicine’s Department of Population Health. Duncan’s work focuses on social and spatial epidemiology and studies how specific neighborhood characteristics influence population health and health disparities, among sexual and gender minorities, especially gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM).

Duncan met with the scholars prior to the ceremony to encourage them on their academic journey, stating adversity is something they will encounter along the way. Duncan shared some of the obstacles he had to overcome and assured the scholars that doing what they are passionate about is always worth the struggle.