ReBUILDetroit Scholars showcase research at poster presentation

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Freshmen ReBUILDetroit scholars at Marygrove College presented their DNA Barcoding research of Caddisflies at a poster presentation April 28.

Earlier this semester, scholars collected larvae for their research from the Clinton and Rouge Rivers.  (See Scholars collect samples while helping the community.)

In the laboratory at Marygrove College, scholars extracted DNA and with the help of ReBUILDetroit partner, Wayne State University, sequenced the DNA.

"Providing a research experience during the freshman year is one of the goals of ReBUILDetroit," said Dr. Abigail Fusaro.  "Since we are preparing scholars for academic careers, presenting their research in a forum like this is an equally important skill to develop."

"I am very thankful for the experience that Dr. Fusaro and Dr. Knight provided," said Tierra Modock, a ReBUILDetroit scholar who presented at the event. Ms Modock's poster....  "When I look back on the semester, it was an amazing experience."

Modock's poster introduction states, "This poster discusses the procedure that we did to collect caddisfly larvae.  Caddisfly larvae are good water quality indicators and are easy to sample and identify.  The goal of this work was to use the information we gathered to make a phylogenetic tree of caddisflies from all class sites to see how closely related they are."

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The Diversity Program Consortium Coordination and Evaluation Center at UCLA is supported by Office of the Director of the National Institutes of Health / National Institutes of General Medical Sciences under award number U54GM119024.