Undergraduate course-based research published

Sixteen undergraduate students who discovered and identified new bacteriophage participated in the authentic course-based research project, SEA-PHAGE.  Now, they are published authors. Their research, “Complete Genome Sequences of Cluster A Mycobacteriophages BobSwaget, Fred313, KADY, Lokk, MyraDee, Stagni, and StepMih” was published in the Genome Announcements, American Society for Microbiology, October 26, 2017. “The experience of taking a scientific question and project all the way ...
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Collaborative partnership provides insight into academic scholarship

University of Detroit Mercy prides itself on offering hands-on, authentic research to undergraduate students. In a new collaboration with Ball State University, Detroit Mercy ReBUILDetroit students are learning about the peer-reviewed process of publishing and about the kinds of research published in the international microbiology journal, Fine Focus. In a one-year outreach grant with Ball State University, ReBUILDetroit scholars learn about the editorial process of a scientific, peer-rev...
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Scholars have strong foundation to pursue graduate education

ReBUILDetroit scholars from University of Detroit Mercy attending the STEM Research and Career Symposium at Emory University reflect on their experiences and preparation for the future. Faculty advisors and students from diverse backgrounds shared their research presentations while having time for networking, mentoring, and recruitment earlier this month. The symposium provided an opportunity for scholars to fine tune their presentation skills and learn about transitioning to graduate ...
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Scholars network at STEM conference

The ReBUILDetroit program provides opportunities for scholars to attend and present their research at regional and national conferences.  For Tierra Modock, she gained confidence in her presentation skills and established a network of mentors at the Louis Stokes Midwest Center of Excellence (LSMCE) conference earlier this month. “Presenting has become easier because I now know what to expect at conferences,” said Modock.  “I learned to summarize my research and make it understandable for thos...
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Rebuilding my future

Postdoctorial teaching fellow, Irfana Muqbil, shares her experience as a Graduate Learning Community Advisor (GLCA) in the ReBUILDetroit program. The ReBUILDetroit postdoctoral teaching fellowship is like a career dream come true thanks to my GLCA experience earlier this year.  The teaching experience was extremely valuable and so were my interactions with the ReBUILDetroit faculty and staff. Throughout the GLCA program, I met monthly with Dr. Otoo and Dr. Andreoli. These meetings helped me im...
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Pilot Project Funding: Request for Applications

ReBUILDetroit is pleased to announce the second round of NIH Pilot Project Funding for faculty members at consortium institutions and is seeking Request for Applications. The goals of the Pilot Projects are to stimulate grants for participating faculty and students, to provide opportunities for faculty and students to gain experience in writing an NIH application, to go through a rigorous proposal review process, to gain experience designing a fundable research question and to allow faculty t...
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ReBUILDetroit offers faculty course in effective teaching practices

ReBUILDetroit is partnering with the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) to offer the Course in Effective Teaching Practices this fall and spring. ACUE’s course is based on more than three decades of research which identifies specific teaching practices that improve learning for all students. Faculty who complete the program are awarded a nationally-recognized Certificate in Effective College Instruction that is co-endorsed by ACUE and the American Council on Education (ACE...
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Research Day Presentations

ReBUILDetroit held its annual Research Day featuring a keynote address from science evangelist, Dr. Ainissa Ramirez, and three research presentations by scholars: Daniel Dayfield, Sukria Malique and Jada Nelson at the McGregor Conference Center, Wayne State University on September 16. More than 100 scholars, family, friends and mentors were in attendance for the annual poster presentation. Watch the research presentations: Daniel Dayfield (University of Detroit Mercy)   Sukria Malique (...
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Co-PI shares her experience from family to academia

Dr. Ambika Mathur shares her story in leaving her job as a tenured professor to raise her twins and then back into academia. "Earlier in my career, I never thought that I would leave research. Ever since I arrived in the United States as a Ph.D. student with the proverbial two bags in my hand and $50 in my pocket, my goal had been to become the best possible cancer researcher. I marched through my Ph.D. and postdoc, taking one weekend to get married followed by a honeymoon in the lab. Every...
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Long-time Wayne State University leaders support graduate education through philanthropic gift

Dr. Ambika Mathur, Dean of the Graduate School, and her husband Dr. Deepak Kamat, professor of Pediatrics and Vice Chair for Education for the Department of Pediatrics at Wayne State University School of Medicine, recently established the Ambika Mathur, Ph.D. and Deepak Kamat, M.D., Ph.D. Endowed Scholarship to support the Wayne State University Graduate School. The funds will provide opportunities for all Wayne State University students to continue to pursue academic excellence through Ph.D. gr...
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