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STEM Summer Scholars Institute 2012 Overview


For the sixth consecutive summer, the IU-MSI STEM Initiative hosted the STEM Summer Scholars Institute. A total of 26 students participated in the 2012 Institute–21 students came from our partner institutions and five students from the Bloomington campus. These students began the summer with orientation activities designed to bond students together for their summer of research; we had an additional 16 students from other STEM-related programs join for the orientation activities. Students arrived on Friday, June 1, for the weekend at Bradford Woods and the staff reported that the larger group "was still very easy to work with" and the participants "were very engaging." On Sunday, June 3, six students went to the IUPUI campus and remaining students went to the Bloomington campus to settle in campus apartments. On Monday, June 4, the students met their mentors at a welcoming luncheon on each campus and then were escorted to the summer labs. Of the 26 participants in the 2012 Summer Scholars Institute, five were returning for a second year.

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The 2012 Summer Scholars represented the following institutions (numbers from each represented in parentheses): Alabama A&M University (1), Bennett College for Women (2), Hampton University (1), Indiana University Bloomington (5), Jackson State University (9), Langston University (1), Morehouse College (3), North Carolina A&T State University (1), North Carolina Central University (2), and Xavier University of Louisiana (1). We also had a student this year from Howard University.

There were nine additional students who were part of the IU School of Informatics and Computing affiliated program, representing Elizabeth City State University and Mississippi Valley State University. They participated in many of the same events as the IU-MSI STEM Summer Scholars. Four former Summer Scholars Institute participants–Byron Gipson, Crystal Boston-Clay, Ginger White and Delawrence Sykes, who are also enrolled in Ph.D. programs at Indiana University–served as ambassadors and mentors for the 2012 Institute participants.

During the course of the summer, Scholars had access to the library resources, student recreation facilities, computing systems, research labs, campus bus service, and dining facilities. Students had numerous opportunities to gather as a group at:

  • GRE seminars
  • Wednesday lunch research seminars
  • Poster presentation skills training
  • Research symposium at IUPUI
  • Historical preservations trip
  • Kings Island trip

Participants of the IU-MSI Summer Scholars Institute completed their summer program on July 27 with a closing luncheon at the Indiana Memorial Union Alumni Hall on the Bloomington campus. Students, family members, faculty mentors, and university administrators and staff were present to support these future researchers. Prior to the luncheon, students presented posters of their summer research. Additionally, faculty members from the partner institutions attended the poster presentation and closing luncheon.


2012 STEM SSI Participants

Scholar Faculty Mentor Research Campus
Shanaé Alford Anne Prieto, Psychological & Brain Sciences NRG3 Role in Schizophrenia Bloomington
Ana Baker Randy Arnold, Chemistry Synthesizing Amino Acids Bloomington
Alexus Copes Martin O'Donnell and William Scott, Chemistry/Chemical Biology Distributed Drug Discovery IUPUI
DeMarcus Crews Martin O'Donnell and William Scott, Chemistry/Chemical Biology Distributed Drug Discovery IUPUI
Marshé Edwards Travis Jerde, Pharmacology & Toxicology Prostatic Inflammation in Cancer IUPUI
Kenneth Fiawoyife Bogdan Dragnea, Chemistry Quantifying Alphavirus Life-Cycle Bloomington
Liza Gebre Lane Baker, Chemistry COMSOL Multiphysics Bloomington
Kenneth Harris Jim Goodson, Biology Neuropeptide Activation Bloomington
Robert Hollins Roger Innes, Biology Plant Pathogen Immunology Bloomington
Kuwade Huey-Robinson Emilia Martins, Biology Animal Behavior Bloomington
Kari Jackson Troy Smith, Biology Knifefish Courtship Behavior Bloomington
Martha Johnson Yuichiro Takagi, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Mediator in Gene Expression IUPUI
Ammanuiel Kebede Bogdan Dragnea, Chemistry Tracking Trajectories of Alphavirus Bloomington
Thomas Negash Jian Xie, Mechanical Engineering Lithium Ion Battery Diffusion Coefficient IUPUI
Uchechukwu Ngwudike Randy Arnold, Chemistry Peptides Analysis Software Bloomington
Vera Obinwanne Richard Nass, Pharmacology Methylmercury Toxicity IUPUI
Terry Phillips David Kehoe, Biology Complementary Chromatic Acclimation Bloomington
Brandon Rhodes Heather Bradshaw, Brain & Psychological Sciences N-Acyl Amide Lipidomics Bloomington
Misrak (Ella) Seifu Bogdan Dragnea, Chemistry Computational Analysis of Viral Trajectories in Cells Bloomington
Isaiah Sloss Roger Innes, Biology Plant Pathogen Immunology Bloomington
Jamar Smith Melanie Marketon, Biology Yersinia pestis Colonization of Drosophila Bloomington
Stephen Stewart Catherine Sherwood-Laughlin, Public Health Communications and Sexual Satisfaction Bloomington
Janay Tyler George Rebec, Psychological & Brain Sciences Cocaine and Personality Traits Bloomington
Constance Williams Peter Ortoleva, Chemistry Viral Structural Transitions Bloomington
Robel Worede Leonie Moyle, Biology Phylogenetic Reconstruction Bloomington
Philip Young Lane Baker, Chemistry Importins Expression Bloomington

Sarah Larson
Program Coordinator
IU-MSI STEM Initiative
Indiana University

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