Team Members


ReBUILDetroit is an NIH-funded undergraduate program to increase the number of underrepresented students on their pathway to become scientific researchers. The consortium of University of Detroit Mercy, Wayne State University and pipeline partner Henry Ford College, form the ReBUILDetroit Project. The mission to equip underrepresented undergraduate students with the necessary education, confidence and exposure to research has been led during the past several years by these key individuals. Learn more about our current team members.

Principal Investigators

Katy Snyder, Ph.D. Dean of Engineering and Science and Co-PI of the ReBUILDetroit grant (UDM)
Amanda Bryant-Friedrich, Ph.D. Dean of Graduate School and Co-PI of the ReBUILDetroit (WSU)


ReBUILDetroit Team

Mentoring plays a significant role in ReBUILDetroit. Scholars have a built-in support network of peers, mentors at partnering institutions, graduate students, faculty and staff at all partnering institutions.

Shetina Jones, Ph.D. Dir. ReBUILDetroit Student Success
Farron McIntee, Ph.D. Dirctor Research Enrichment Core
Jahzara D. Mayes, Ed.D. Asst Dir, Institutional Dev. Grant / Program Mgr
Jennifer Tabb
ReBUILDetroit Program Coordinator
Airik Sanders, M.S.
Community College Coordinator & ReBUILD Advisor
Janice L. Gilliland, Ed.S. Dean of the Henry Ford College (HFC) STEM
Tommie L. Smith ReBUILDetroit Student Success Coach
Jacob Kagey, Ph.D. Student Training Core Director
Jonathan D. Rhodes
Web, Technology & Social Media Specialist
Kendra R. Evans, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Kristen Abraham Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology