Scholars 2014-2015

Kelsey Kenniel

Kelsey Kenniel is a junior psychology major at Spelman College. She conducts academic research throughout the school year at Morehouse College under the supervision of Dr. Chris Markham. Her current research focuses on the duality of neuroscience and biological sciences. More specifically, she conducts research pertaining to PTSD induced Syrian Hamsters using models of social defeat, […]

Jasmine Lucas

I am a junior psychology major, and my anticipated graduation year is 2016. I am currently working with Professor Mary Ukuku, in the Psychology Department at Spelman College on determining if parenting practices, parental behaviors, religiosity and spirituality are protective factors against risky sexual behavior among teens in the Atlanta Area. In addition to this study, I […]

Simone Sawyer

Simone Sawyer is a Junior, Psychology major Public Health minor at Spelman College. She currently conducts research with Dr. Natalie Hernandez at Morehouse School of Medicine and Dr. Teaniese Davis at Morehouse College, focusing on unintended pregnancies among African American men and women in college. Simone has previously conducted research at the Grace Crum Rollins […]

Parris Washington

Parris Washington is a junior at Spelman College from Washington, DC. She is pursuing both a Bachelors of Science in Biology and a Masters of Science in Neuroscience through Morehouse School of Medicine’s dual degree program. Parris’ interest in research was first sparked by her love of science. As a member of the Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) program, her eyes were opened […]

Chelesa Fearce

Chelesa Fearce is a junior, biochemistry major, philosophy minor at Spelman College. She currently works in Dr. Bayorh’s lab at Morehouse School of Medicine in the Pharmacology and Toxicolgy department. Their research is focused identifying genes in the African American population that may cause hypertension. She has presented her research at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for minority Students in 2014, […]

Thaiesha Wright

Thaiesha Wright is a senior Chemistry major at Spelman College. Thaiesha conducts research during the academic year at Spelman under the mentorship of Dr. Leyte Winfield. Her current research focuses on synthesizing benzimidazole derivatives to improve chemotherapeutic treatment for individuals with various cancers. In addition to conducting research at Spelman College, Thaiesha has also conducted […]

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The RISE (Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement) program is a structured biomedical research-training program for the underrepresented minorities and women who desire to pursue a career in biomedical research.
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