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STEM Summer Scholars Institute 2007 Overview


The Summer Scholars Institute 2007 was launched on June 4, 2007. Eleven Scholars from five HBCUs (Alabama A& M University, Clark Atlanta University, Jackson State University, Morehouse College, and Langston University) attended the institute. Six of the Scholars were from Jackson State University and two were from Morehouse College. The majority of the Scholars were chemistry and biology majors and rising juniors and seniors. There were also two graduate students, one rising sophomore, and one recent university graduate. Although every Scholar had taken lab-based science classes, most had not conducted intensive laboratory research before attending the Summer Scholars Institute.

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Summer Scholars Institute 2007 was a nine-week program conducted both on the IUPUI and Bloomington campuses. The institute had two objectives: (1) to provide the Scholars with an intensive STEM laboratory research experience and (2) to enhance the Scholars' interest in attending graduate school. Six Scholars worked with mentors at IUPUI and five with mentors at Bloomington.

The program was designed so that each Scholar spent at least 75% of his or her time conducting research in the laboratory. In addition, there were planned social activities and presentations to the Scholars by Mentors regarding their research on the respective campuses. There were two joint social events for all Scholars. Every Scholar attended the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) conference at Purdue University. In addition, every Scholar prepared a poster explaining his or her research which was presented at the closing ceremony of the Summer Scholars Institute.

In addition to the faculty coordinators, Vicki Roberts, Associate Vice President Budget and Administration; Dr. Jack Schmit, Assistant to the Vice President for Institutional Development and Student Affairs; Dr. Sherree Wilson, Special Assistant to the Chancellor, Office of the Chancellor and IU Vice President for Long-Range Planning, IUPUI; Dr. Samuel White, Jr., Clinical Professor of ECE and Senior Advisor to the Dean, Purdue University School of Engineering and Technology and David Koerner, Assistant Director, IUPUI Graduate Office, Administration, IU (together with the faculty directors, the "IU Team") were responsible for the administration of the Summer Scholars Institute.


2007 STEM SSI Participants

Scholar Faculty Mentor Research Campus
Jamera L. Barnes Randy Brutkiewicz Innate immunity and the response to viruses or cancer IUPUI
Merrill Brouillette Jian-Ting Zhang Cancer biology and how cancer cells become immune to anticancer drugs IUPUI
Kimyatta Cain Linda Malkas Cancer biology and early detection IUPUI
Jarrett David Kay Connelly Security issues related to computer science Bloomington
Byron H. Gipson J. Michael Walker Cloning certain acid and lipid GPCRs Bloomington
James P. Lucas Stephanie Sen Organic synthesis of mimic molecules and combinatorial chemistry IUPUI
Genaee B. Quinney George Rebec Effects of ceftriaxone on neurons Bloomington
Jasma D. Shelby Ann Roman Viral studies IUPUI
Lungile Sitole Tom Tolbert Chemistry and organic synthesis dimer formation for HIV inhibitor peptide Bloomington
Maurice Speights Geoffrey Fox Informatics Bloomington
Delphine Woody Barbara Hocevar Breast cancer and TGF beta signaling IUPUI

Sarah Larson
Program Coordinator
IU-MSI STEM Initiative
Indiana University

Dr. Jack L. Schmit
Assistant Dean, University Graduate School
Coordinator, IU-MSI STEM Initiative