ReBUILDetroit Scholars Present Their Summer Research

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Rising sophomore ReBUILDetroit scholars presented their summer research at a poster session at Wayne State University on July 26.

Thirty-seven posters were presented on a wide variety of topics ranging from cancer research to gender bias to the examination of mineral cosmetics to socio-behavior indicators in teens with asthma, naming just a few.

“I loved working in the lab,” Kody Whisnant, a President M. Roy Wilson BUILD scholar from Wayne State University, said. His research topic was Hybrid Thin Films of CdS/Ni2P by Sol-Gel Assembly and Their Application in Visible Light Induced Hydrogen Reduction. “I am grateful to be part of this great program.”


Kody Whisnant, ReBUILDetroit Scholar from Wayne State University


ReBUILDetroit scholars, Yunus Ayodeji, of Marygrove College, and Aleksandar Tasich, of University of Detroit Mercy (UDM), worked in UDM professor Dr. Harold Green’s Vision Research Laboratory.


Yunus Ayodeji and Aleksandar Tasich, ReBUILDetroit scholars from Marygrove College and University of Detroit Mercy, respectively


"BUILD students in the Vision Research Lab were exposed to eye-tracking, as a window on the mind and brain,” Greene said. “They learned about relevant parts of the human visual system, conducted an experiment with state-of-the-art eye-tracking and light measuring equipment, and presented the results of the experiment, Visual Search in Red Light: A Test of Magnocellular Suppression. I look forward to their contributions to future research."

“It was a new experience for me,” Ayodeji said. “I definitely want to do more research like this in the future.”

“The experience of solving problems, designing experiments and adapting to problems was challenging but fun,” Tasich said. “It makes me want to continue to work hard.”

Vanessa Lee, a ReBUILDetroit scholar from UDM, whose research was Perceptions of Nursing Discipline among Different Culture Groups, learned how to conduct research using focus groups, surveys and data analysis. “I have a better understanding of what I’m doing and how I can relate this to my major.”


Vanessa Lee (center) ReBUILDetroit scholar from University of Detroit Mercy.


Dr. Ambika Mathur, co-principal investigator from Wayne State University, was impressed with the high quality of research presented by the rising sophomores after their six-week Summer Research Experience.

“The level of sophistication of the research presentations was outstanding,” Mathur said.  “I had to constantly remind myself that these students have just completed their freshmen year since their presentations; knowledge and grasp of the research topic rivaled that of doctoral students! The range of the research topics spanning basic science, clinical, translational and social science demonstrated the depth of the faculty at our consortium institutions who are so dedicated to training this bright cadre of the next generation of biomedical researchers.”

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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.
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