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Summer Research Opportunity Program Research Symposium: Day Two

August 4, 2021, 10:45 am to 1:00 pm EDT

Join our Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP) scholars as they present their research and answer questions.

SROP at U-M strives to increase the number of diverse students with unique experiences by supporting their preparation for graduate studies. Through intensive mentorship, active learning, and enrichment activities, SROP fosters a community of scholars who increase social and cultural capital and networking while mastering research skills and knowledge that advance their preparation as candidates for successful graduate study at U-M and success in future careers, increasing representation in professional fields.

Given the number of students, presentations will occur over the course of two days—Tuesday, August 3 and Wednesday, August 4. Sixteen scholars will share their research during three rotations beginning at 11:00 a.m., 11:40 a.m., and 12:20 p.m. Guests can join using the main Zoom link and enter into breakout rooms to hear the presentations throughout the three rotations.

Group Nine

  • Dalissa Negron, Characterizing Selective and Potent Inhibitors of Human DNA Ligase III
  • Ariane Tsai, Engineering of Microenvironments for Augmented Tendon Healing

Group Ten

  • Kelotchi Figueroa-Nieves, Theoretical Calculations in Wide Band Gap Materials for Interlayer Exciton
  • Isaiah Waters, Continuos and On-Demand Manufacturing of Improved, Personalized Medicines

Group Eleven

  • Zulma Reyes Benitez, Characterization of Small PAPP-A Inhibitors Blurb: Grew M14 Melanoma Cancer Cell Lines and Measured the Inhibitory Response to Previously Screened Compounds
  • Kailey Jerome, The Effect of E-Cigarette Vapors on Human Cardiac Tissues

Group Twelve

  • Caroline Lindey, Once Ignored, Now Incarcerated: Why China is Pursuing a Policy of Mass Detention of Ethnic Minority Uyghur Muslims in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR)
  • Maimouna Diop, How Colonization Has Impacted West Africans and African Americans Beauty Standards

Group Thirteen

  • Jose Gonzalez-Rivera, Binge Drinking Behaviors Among Sexual Majority and Minority Youth
  • Danielle Amezcua, Religion and Contraceptives in Ann Arbor

Group Fourteen

  • Lindsey English, Dietary Pesticide Exposure in Mexico City Mothers
  • Omar Valdivias Soto, How Parents in Rural Mexico Contextualize Well-Being

Group Fifteen

  • Vanessa Stubbs, SARS-CoV-2 Variants and Predicted Influences on CD8+ T-cell Responses
  • Santiago Garcia-Leco, Understanding Decision Making During Coronavirus in Communities of Color

Group Sixteen

  • Aila Kassandra Rodriguez, Historical Case Study of Policing, Institutional Changes, and Rise of Black Political Power in Chicago
  • Kamali Clora, Youth Empowerment Solutions: Engaging Youth for Anti-Racism and Cultural Equity (YES-ERACE) Pilot Implementation

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August 4, 2021
10:45 am to 1:00 pm EDT
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