students join Indiana University research program
By Scott Bigelow
from The University of North Carolina at Pembroke will travel to Indiana
University this summer to take part in a 10-week research program.
a junior biology major, Aleesha Herring, a sophomore psychology major,
and Korey Revels, a freshman biology/chemistry major, have been accepted
to the MEDIC-B Scholars Program.
Education and Development Initiative for Careers in Biomedical Research)
is a two-year program that offers research opportunities for promising
Santos, who is returning
for a second summer to the Bloomington, Ind., campus, said she is fortunate
to be able to continue her research project.
"In my second
year, I will work in the same lab, so I can continue my project,"
she said. "I am working on the role of the Sindbus virus in initiating
the translation and replication of RNA."
The daughter of
UNCP Biology Professor Dr. Marilu Santos, she is a Lumberton High School
Herring, a Cape
Fear High School graduate and member of UNCP's University Honors College,
said she is very excited to have been admitted into the program.
"It's a good
opportunity," she said. "I'll be doing research with professors
in an area that I choose, probably in social psychology or child development."
Herring said UNCP
psychology Professor Dr. Patrick Cabe encouraged her to apply for the
"It was a long
application process, but I'm glad I did it," Herring said. "Dr.
Cabe said he thought it would be good for me, and that I would represent
Revels looked at
other summer opportunities, but MEDIC-B looked like the best option.
"I am very
interested in the immune system," Revels said. "I hope to
be able to study how cells communicate."
MEDIC-B pays all
costs and a stipend too, but Santos, who plans to go to graduate school,
said the experience is priceless.
experience helped me a lot," she said. "At UNCP, labs meet
once a week, but going to a research university, you get in-depth exposure,
like graduate school."
UNCP is one of seven
universities in the MEDIC-B program. Chemistry Professor Dr. Len Holmes
coordinates the MEDIC-B program at UNCP.
with Indiana University has been very good for UNCP," Dr. Holmes
said. "Over the past six years, a dozen deserving science students
have had the benefit of participating in the important field of biomedical
is highly competitive, and it is indeed a mark of distinction for UNCP,
Angelie, Aleesha and Korey," Dr. Holmes said.
Herring is active
in several campus groups. She is a Student Marshal, an Ambassador for
the Office of Admissions and a Peer Advisor for the Office of Advisement
Santos and twin
sister, Angelin, are Student Marshals. Angelie is a member of Gamma
Beta Phi National Honor Society, TriBeta Biology Honor Society and the
Health Careers Club. She was named to Who's Who Among Students in American
Universities and Colleges.
From the Philadelphus
community near Pembroke, Revels graduated from Purnell Swett High School.
He is a member of the Health Careers Club and plans to go to medical
more for undergraduates who will enter Ph.D. programs, but there is
a lot I can learn about lab techniques and science," Revels said.
"I am seeking the knowledge. I enjoy that, so I'm going to take
full advantage of this opportunity."
MEDIC-B is funded
by the National Institute of Health's General Medical Sciences' Division
of Minority Opportunities in Research, through their Minority Biomedical
Research Support (MBRS) Branch.
The major goals of MEDIC-B are to prepare students for graduate school
and future careers in research. Each year 34 undergraduate students
are selected to participate.
institutions include Alcorn State University, Clark Atlanta University,
Morehouse College, New Mexico State University, Spelman College, Xavier
University of Louisiana and UNCP.
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