GCB Summer Scholars 2018

The Duke Center for Genomic and Computational Biology (GCB) and the Duke Center for Applied Genomics and Precision Medicine (CAGPM) partnered with North Carolina Central University to launch the Summer Scholars Program in Genome Sciences and Medicine, supported an R25 grant by the National Human Genome Research Institute at NIH. This annual 10-week program is designed for full-time first- and second-year underrepresented minority students at any college or university.

Program Description

Students interested in careers in genome sciences and medicine will need a strong foundation of core genome sciences, technology, and interdisciplinary training. The Summer Scholars Program in Genome Sciences and Medicine provides opportunities for students to learn fundamental laboratory skills in genome science through mentored research, enhance critical thinking and reading skills, conduct literature reviews, and prepare presentations of their research findings.

Students learn first-hand what it is like to conduct biomedical research. The experiences they gain, such as how to design a research project, how to carry out necessary experiments to achieve project goals and test hypotheses, what appropriate lab etiquette entails, and how to effectively present work to peers, will be applicable to any biomedical research setting.

These research experiences are complemented by interactive learning activities including meeting with researchers at Duke, North Carolina Central, and companies in Research Triangle Park to learn about career options in genome sciences and medicine. Students also attend weekly discussions on ethical, legal, social, and policy issues related to genome sciences.

2018 Summer Scholars

Brianna Bowman

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Mentor: Jenny Tung
Major: Molecular and Cellular Biology

ClementsLayne Clements

North Carolina Central University
Mentor: Doug Marchuk
Majors: Biology and Pre-Med

CrawleyGeorge Crawley, IV

Duke University
Mentor: Ornit Chiba-Falek
Majors: Biology, Chemistry, African American Studies

Kayla HammondKayla Hammond

North Carolina Central University
Mentor: Tim Reddy
Major: Biology

Naeema Hopkins-KotbNaeema Hopkins-Kotb

Duke Unversity
Mentor: Beth Sullivan
Majors: Biology, Global Health, Chemistry

David MangumDavid Mangum

University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Mentor: Paul Magwene
Major: Computer Science

Savoya JoynerSavoya Joyner

North Carolina Central University
Mentor: David MacAlpine
Majors: Chemistry and Biology

Christina Magana-RamirezChristina Magana-Ramirez

California State University at Monterey Bay
Mentor: Raluca Gordân
Majors: Mathematics and Computer Science

Eliud Rives-HernandezEliud Rives-Hernandez

University of Puerto Rico
Mentor: Raphael Valdivia
Majors: Microbiology and Computer Science

Excerpted from the GCB website