June 2015 Newsletter

A Closer Look #151

Diverse undergraduate research experiences at AWRI funded by NSF

Pictured from Top to Bottom; Left to Right: Dr. Jim McNair, Jorge Berrios-Rivera, Dr. Kevin Strychar, Melissa Koehler, Muhidin Abdimalik, Shelby Brewer, Nicholas Chischilly, Kelsey Hubble, Isabel Papraniku, Naymar Franqui, Hannah Franko, and Vingie Ng.

Ten promising young scientists from across the United States and Puerto Rico have arrived at AWRI and are hard at work on summer research projects. The students are as diverse as their research topics and include a Navajo student from New Mexico, a native Hawaiian student, a Comanche student from Oklahoma, four Hispanic students (two from Puerto Rico and one each from New Jersey and Connecticut), an Asian student from Illinois, and two African American students from Missouri and Connecticut. They are participating in a new 3-year Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program at AWRI, operated with funding obtained from the National Science Foundation (NSF) by AWRI scientists Drs. Jim McNair and Kevin Strychar. The program mainly targets undergraduates from minority groups that are underrepresented in the biological sciences. It aims to provide them with genuine research experiences, with the expectation that a substantial proportion of the projects will result in peer-reviewed publications in scientific journals. Further information about AWRI’s REU program is available on its website (www.gvsu.edu/wri/mcnair/reuquest/).