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STEM Summer Scholars Institute 2015 Overview


Now in its 9th consecutive year, the 2015 IU-MSI STEM Summer Scholars Institute hosted a total of twenty-four students. Students arrived on Friday, June 4th to begin their orientation activities designed to bond students together and facilitate community building for their engaging summer of research. The orientation weekend was spent with the Bradford Woods staff engaging in various challenging activities, including team building, canoeing, hiking and high-wire challenges. The following Sunday, June 7, at the conclusion of the orientation, 15 students took residence for the summer on the IUB campus and three students on the IUPUI campus where they settled into their campus apartments and prepared for introductions to their faculty mentors and lab environments the following day.

The 2015 Summer Scholars represented the following institutions (numbers from each represented in parentheses): Jackson State University (13), Langston University (2), Bennett College for Women (1), Indiana University-Bloomington (7), and Morehouse College (1). Eight of the students were rising graduate students, nine students were rising seniors, five were rising juniors, and two were rising sophomores.

Over the course of the summer, student's lab schedules were determined by their faculty mentor, and included 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 several academic, cultural and social excursions facilitated by Institute staff. This year students attended the following:

  • GRE seminars
  • Weekly STEM Research luncheons
  • Holiday World Retreat
  • French Lick Historical Preservations Tour

Scholars showed an unwavering commitment to their intellectual growth while on campus. They were intentional about coordinating social activities among themselves in order to support each other and create community during necessary times.

The 2015 IU-MSI STEM Summer Scholars Institute concluded with a poster presentation of the research questions pursued by the students and their faculty researchers. Following the presentations, faculty, friends, family, campus partners, and university administrators celebrated completion of the summer at the closing luncheon in the Indiana Memorial Union. Each scholar was recognized by Dr. Jack Schmit for their commitment and encouraged them to continue their pursuit of excellence on their individual campuses.

Scholar Home Institution Mentor Campus
Ashley Anderson Jackson State University James Hill IUPUI
Andrew Overton Indiana University Bloomington Heather Hundley IUB
Bernard Aldrich Jr. Jackson State University Yurichiro Takagi IUPUI
Brooklyn Sloss Indiana University Bloomington Emilia Martins IUB
Cord Carter Jackson State University Lisa Jones IUPUI
Dorina Feher Jackson State University Jian Xie IUPUI
Esayas Kiros Indiana University Bloomington Heather Bradshaw IUB
Gabrielle Williams Jackson State University Travis Jerde IUPUI
Grace Blackwell Langston University Robyn Fuchs IUPUI
Joel Maddirala Jackson State University Bogdan Dragnea IUB
Kimberly Navarro Morehouse College James Hill IUPUI
Lidya Worede Jackson State University Stephen Lulich IUB
Mary Jordan Indiana University Bloomington Heather Bradshaw IUB
Meera Manchanda Indiana University Bloomington Mary Murphy IUB
Meskerem Etebo Jackson State University Shixiong Zhang IUB
Michael Yitna Indiana University Bloomington Claire Walzack IUB
Nana Sloan Bennett College for Women Robyn Fuchs IUPUI
Nardos Tadele Indiana University Bloomington Selma Sabanovic IUB
Nyalia Lui Jackson State University Bogdan Dragnea IUB
Robel Worede Jackson State University Stephen Lulich IUB
Sabrina Welch Langston University Claire Walzack IUB
Sarina Rodriguez Rajput Jackson State University Bogdan Dragnea IUB
Tsion Andine Jackson State University Jian Xie IUPUI
YaMarie Jallow Jackson State University Adam Ward IUB

Sarah Larson
Program Coordinator
IU-MSI STEM Initiative
Indiana University

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