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STEM Summer Scholars Institute 2017 Overview


The 2017 IU-MSI STEM Summer Scholars Institute began the 11th consecutive summer program at the Indiana University Bradford Woods outdoor recreation facilities. Twenty-three students from nine universities attended orientation activities designed to bond students together for their summer of research. Students arrived on Friday, June 2, and spent the weekend with the Bradford Woods staff engaging in various activities, including team building, canoeing, hiking and high-wire challenges. The following Sunday, June 4, eight students went to the IUPUI campus and 15 students went to the Bloomington campus to settle in campus apartments and prepare for the upcoming introductions to their faculty mentors and lab environments.

The 2017 Summer Scholars represented the following institutions (numbers from each represented in parentheses): Alabama A&M University (3), Bennett College for Women (1), Clark Atlanta University (2), Hampton University (1), Indiana University-Bloomington (1), Jackson State University (13), North Carolina A&T State University (1), and University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (1).

2017 STEM SSI Participants

Students established their lab schedule in their initial meetings with their faculty mentor, which included up to 40 hours of research and practice under their supervision as well as independent study. In order to maintain a healthy balance and receive the program's full benefit, Institute staff facilitate several social, academic, and cultural excursions. This year students attended the following:

  • GRE seminars
  • Mentor-Mentee luncheon
  • Reflections Dinners
  • Hidden Figures Movie Night and Discussion
  • Indianapolis Excursion
  • Cincinnati Day Tour
  • Scholarly Research Presentation methods
  • Annual Joint-Campus Research Symposium
  • Poster Presentations and Closing

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

The 2017 IU-MSI STEM Summer Scholars Institute concluded with culminating research presentations and a celebration among faculty, friends, family, campus partners, and university administrators of the 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 to continue their pursuit of excellence on their individual campuses.

The 2017 IU-MSI STEM Summer Scholars Cohort

Scholar Home Institution Mentor Campus
Alexandria Lauray Clark Atlanta University Silvia M. Bigatti IUPUI
Ali Alamri Indiana University Bloomington Heather Bradshaw IUB
Amanuel Faris Jackson State University Jian Xie IUPUI
Ariel Craft Jackson State University Yuro Takagi IUPUI
Bemnet Tirfagegnehu Jackson State University Jian Xie IUPUI
Biruk Abate Jackson State University Selma Sabanovic IUB
Darriah Johnson Alabama A&M University Roger Innes IUB
Emilia Oben Jackson State University Heather Hundley IUB
Hannah Scott Jackson State University Fred Pavalko IUPUI
Imani Crawford Alabama A&M University Robyn Fuchs IUPUI
Ingrid Tchakoua Jackson State University Selma Sabanovic IUB
Javier Piña University of Texas at Rio Grande Selma Sabanovic IUB
Joseph Owusu Jackson State University Steven M Lulich IUB
Kabinad Melaku Jackson State University Selma Sabanovic IUB
Maya Harris North Carolina A&T State University Lane Baker IUB
Portia Hunt Alabama A&M University Silvia M. Bigatti IUPUI
Randall Gregory Clark Atlanta University Hannah J. Block IUB
Samuel Degne Jackson State University Xingchen Ye IUB
Serence Baker Bennet College for Women Charles Dann III IUB
Shaurya Swami Jackson State University Charles Dann III IUB
Taylor Cole Hampton University Heather Bradshaw IUB
Ujjwal Baskota Jackson State University Katie Siek IUB
Yoseph Hailemariam Jackson State University Jian Xie 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