Scholars 2015-2016

Jasmine Moody

Jasmine Moody is a senior Biology major at Spelman College from Chicago, Illinois. Jasmine currently conducts research during the academic year at Emory University’s School of Medicine Biochemistry department under the mentorship of Dr. Anita Corbett. Her current research focuses on functional characterization of an RNA-binding protein that plays a role in intellectual disability. In addition […]

Tiara Lacey

Tiara Lacey is a freshman Biology major & Spanish minor at Spelman College. Tiara conducts research during the academic year at Morehouse College under the mentorship of Dr. Chris Markham. Her current research focuses on determining the effects of Neuropeptide Y (NPY) on Conditional Defeat in Male Syrian Hamsters. In addition to conducting research at […]

Kayla Jackson

Kayla Jackson is a junior Mathematics major at Spelman College. During the academic year, Kayla conducts research at Morehouse School of Medicine under the mentorship of Dr. Gale Newman. Her research is a continuation of a project that she began in the summer that seeks to identify proteomic biomarkers for myocardial infarctions. Kayla has had the […]

Kelsey Gallant

Kelsey Gallant is a sophomore, biology major at Spelman College from Winston-Salem, NC.  Kelsey conducted research as a SHURP fellow at Harvard Medical School under the mentorship of Dr. Rebecca Chin and Dr. Alex Toker. Her summer research focused on studying mechanisms of resistance in Akt signaling in breast cancer. During her freshman academic year, […]

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 […]

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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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