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STEM Summer Scholars Institute 2013 Overview


The IU-MSI STEM Summer Scholars Institute began its seventh year with 24 students from our partner schools and 18 faculty mentors. These students were able to complete intricate and time-consuming research in 8 weeks' time, culminating into an advanced poster presentation to the campus.

students listening to speaker

Students from SSI and the School of Informatics met at Bradford Woods for orientation; engaging in trust building, communication skills, and stress management activities in order to prepare for the fast-paced research experience approaching. At the conclusion of orientation, students departed for their assigned research sites at the Bloomington or IUPUI campus. The campus residences resemble practical apartments, complete with the amenities needed as a home away from home. Scholars had access to the library resources, student recreation facilities, computing systems, research labs, campus bus service, and dining facilities. Faculty mentors and laboratory assistants were formally introduced to their students at the Welcome Luncheon that first Monday.

Over the course of the summer, student's lab schedule are determined by the primary researcher, and can include 40 hours of research and practice under their supervision as well as independent study. In order to maintain a healthy balance, the scholars were encouraged to participate in multiple social, academic, and cultural excursions facilitated through by Institute staff. This year students attended the following:

  • GRE seminars
  • Academic Breakfast Seminars
  • Scholarly Research Presentation methods
  • Annual Joint-Campus Research Symposium
  • French Lick Historical Preservations Trip
  • Kings Island Trip

Alumni of the program Byron Gipson and Crystal Boston-Clay were present at the IUB and IUPUI campus, respectively, to provide mentorship and guidance for the current scholars. Byron and Chrystal are both enrolled in Ph.D. programs on their campuses.

The Institute concluded with poster presentations by the scholars, as well as a luncheon in their honor. Following the hour long presentations, faculty, friends, family, campus partners, and university administrators celebrated the endeavors of the 2013 IU-MSI STEM Summer Scholars Institute participants at the closing luncheon at IUPUI. Guest speaker Dr. James Hill, associate/assistant professor at the IUPUI School of Informatics and local tech business owner, praised the commitment of the students. Dr. Jack Schmit, the director of the SSI, recognized each student for their accomplishment that summer, and encouraged their academic success at their home institutions.

The 2013 IU-MSI STEM Summer Scholars Cohort

2013 STEM SSI Participants

Scholar Faculty Mentor Research Campus
Darius M. Bost Michael Lynch Biology Bloomington
Alexus Copes Martin J. O'Donnell Chemistry & Chemical Biology IUPUI
Shanika Daniels Jay T. Lennon Biology Bloomington
Kenneth Fiawoyife Bogdan G. Dragnea Chemistry Bloomington
Liza A. Gebre Kay Connelly Informatics Bloomington
Marion L. Grant Selma Sabanovic Informatics Bloomington
Robert D. Hollins, III Soni Lacefield Biology Bloomington
Khala Hurst-Beatty Leonie Moyle Biology Bloomington
Marvin Q. Jones Babk Seradjeh Physics Bloomington
Candace N. King Kay Connelly Informatics Bloomington
Mejhe M. Minor Clay Faqua Biology Bloomington
Harene Natarajan Selma Sabanovic Informatics Bloomington
Thomas G. Negash Peter Ortoleva Chemistry Bloomington
Lemnyuy (Bernard) B. Nyuykongi Kay Connelly Informatics Bloomington
Brandon P. Rhodes Andrew R. Kusmierczyk Biology IUPUI
Misrak (Ella) A. Seifu Bogdan G. Dragnea Chemistry Bloomington
Isaiah Sloss Roger Innes Biology Bloomington
Christine Tchnouwou Travis Jerde Pharmacology & Toxicology IUPUI
Eleni G. Temech Yuichiro Takagi Biochemistry & Molecular Biology IUPUI
Marvin Y. Thomas LaQuia Walker Dentistry IUPUI
Nahom T. Tilahun Kay Connelly Informatics Bloomington
Nichelle S. Whitney Soni Lacefield Biology Bloomington
Sade Wilson Michael Lynch Biology Bloomington
Michael T. Yitna Kay Connelly Informatics Bloomington
Daniel J. Zapata Michael Lynch Biology 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