Rising Sophomores Present at National Conference

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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 together SEA-PHAGE students and faculty members from around the country to connect and share their research through poster sessions and talks.

Jones, a ReBUILDetroit scholar, was excited to be invited to the symposium.

“The best part of my experience was speaking with people from different places and hearing the similarities and differences in how we did research,” Jones said.  “It gave me a different perspective and I was able to come up with a clever hypothesis for our findings that I hadn’t thought of before.”

The SEA-PHAGE lab is designed to give students a unique mentored research experience in their freshman year, such as collecting soil samples, identifying bacteriophage and isolating DNA.

ReBUILDetroit scholars like Jones experience the scientific discovery in the laboratory and also have the opportunity to present their findings.

“Being exposed to this research opportunity has given me invaluable experience in presenting research that is difficult for most to experience so early in the game,” Jones said.  “ReBUILDetroit has presented me with workshops to sharpen those skills along with events like national conferences where we can perform in front of new audiences, and has given me some options for my future career choice.”

“I was so glad I had this opportunity,” Jones said.  “The research I learned and the people I met provided an invaluable experience that I will use to further identify who I am as a scientist now, and who I will become in the future.”

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