Scholars share their summer experiences

Unbelievable grateful for this opportunity Brianna Gross, Marygrove ReBUILDetroit scholar majoring in Health Science, is grateful for all that the Summer Enrichment Program has given her. “I was attracted to the program because I could do research and get paid for it,” said Gross.  “I thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of the program and the many connections I’ve made with my cohort.” Over the course of the seven-week summer program, she understood the value of this opportunity. “I am so...
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American Cancer Association Medical Officer speaks to scholars

Dr. Otis W. Brawley, Chief Medical and Scientific Officer at the American Cancer Society, spoke to more than 120 ReBUILDetroit scholars, interested students and faculty at University of Detroit Mercy on August 4. Brawley’s talk was entitled “What is Cancer Control” and can be viewed on the ReBUILDetroit’s YouTube channel. ReBUILDetroit scholars had lunch with Brawley and had additional time to ask the Detroit native about his career path and cancer research. ReBUILDetroit is a consortiu...
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Undergraduate course based research published

ReBUILDetroit scholars from University of Detroit Mercy in the first-year Sea-Phage biology course successfully identified and DNA sequence a bacteria phage which is now listed in the GenBank. Congratulations to ReBUILDetroit scholars Jasmina Cunmulaj, Emily Gorkiewicz, Christina Jones, Madeleine Reardon, Victoria Torres and Kathrine Yacco along with classmates Danielle Maxwell, P. Patel, John Sherwood.
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Undergraduate Summer Research

Nearly 70 posters were presented during the 2nd annual ReBUILDetroit Summer Research Poster Session at Wayne State University on July 19. The undergraduate poster session was the culmination of the 8-week Summer Research Experience for scholars in cohorts 2015 and 2016. Hear what scholars have to say about the research and experience this summer: Nechamadina Peeples is excited to make new discoveries. Yuyi Li assists mobility challenged persons. Da’Jonae Foster studies cognitive...
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Scholars work on D-Town Farms

As part of their Summer Enrichment Program, cohort 2017 ReBUILDetroit scholars from Marygrove College, University of Detroit Mercy and Wayne State University spent a day working at D-Town Farms, the largest urban farm in the United States. The Farm occupies seven acres growing more than 30 different fruits and vegetables on Detroit’s westside.  Additionally, the Farm operates three hoop houses which extends the growing season, conducts large scale composting, maintains a habitat for bees and ...
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ReBUILDetroit Hosts American Cancer Society Chief Medical Officer August 4

University of Detroit Mercy’s School of Engineering & Science and ReBUILDetroit Program will host Otis W. Brawley, M.D., chief medical officer for the American Cancer Society. This special event takes place Friday, Aug. 4, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.in the Student Ballroom located in the Student Center on the McNichols Campus. Dr. Brawley is currently responsible for promoting the goals of cancer prevention, early detection, and quality treatment through cancer research and education fo...
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Biology scholar spends summer researching on Belle Isle

Rising sophomore and ReBUILDetroit scholar from Wayne State University, Xavier Walker, is spending his summer digging through pond muck and dissecting water mites. Walker is a research assistant in WSU School of Medicine professor Dr. Jeffery Ram’s aquatic research lab, located in Belle Isle’s historic aquarium. It’s here that he'll spend much of his summer, wading through the lakes and lagoons of Detroit’s island park, searching for new samples of water mites to poke and prod. Wal...
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Rising sophomores present at national conference

Alex Jones, a ReBUILDetroit scholar, and Griffin Craig both from University of Detroit Mercy presented their freshman year SEA-PHAGE research project at the 9th Annual SEA-PHAGE Symposium held on the Janelia Research Campus of Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) in Ashburn, VA. on June 10. The title of their poster was “Isolation and Characterization of the Mycobacterium smegmatis specific, J-Cluster Mosaic Phage ThreeRingTarJay” This annual end-of-academic-year symposium brings tog...
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Lab Coat ceremony kicks off summer research

ReBUILDetroit scholars in cohort 2016 received their lab coats from the faculty-mentors and peer-to-peer mentors during a ceremony at Marygrove on May 19. The annual ReBUILDetroit Lab Coat Ceremony capped a week of orientation as scholars begin their summer research experience at labs across Detroit on Monday, May 22. The ceremony celebrates a successful first-year experience and signifies a continuing research commitment to the scholars. A lab coat is essential for scholars as they beg...
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Opening doors to biomedical careers

ReBUILDetroit scholars from University of Detroit Mercy were special invited guests of Dr. Lonnie Jones, Jr., Internal Medicine, Pulmonology Specialist and Board Member, and the Detroit Medical Society at their April meeting. Scholars shared their educational and research experiences while speaking about the ReBUILDetroit program. The setting provided an excellent opportunity for scholars to network and gain first-hand knowledge from medical professionals. In addition, scholars were...
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