Scholars 2016 – 2017

Gabrielle Webb

Gabrielle Webb is a sophomore Biochemistry major at Spelman College. She works currently under the mentorship of Dr. Y. Jeilani in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at Spelman. Her research is on predicting the fragmentation pathways of estrone using computational software and tandem mass spectrometry. In addition to this, she was at University of […]

Parris Washington

Parris Washington is a senior Neurobiology major at Spelman College. She is currently enrolled in the dual degree program Bachelors of Science and a Masters of Science in Neuroscience. At Spelman College, she works under the mentorship of Dr. Tiffany Oliver in the Biology Department. There she investigates the association of zinc-finger binding domain gene, […]

Destiny Van

Destiny Brianna Van, born in Miami, Florida, is a current student researcher and sophomore at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. Van graduated from South Gwinnett High School in Snellville, Georgia and is now pursuing a bachelor’s degree at Spelman.  Van has always had a fascination for math growing up, but in her sophomore year of […]

Janae Trotter

Janae Trotter is a sophomore Psychology major from New Orleans, Louisiana. She currently conducts research in Dr. Valerie Taylor’s lab in Spelman College’s Psychology department. Her research primarily focuses on the emotional consequences that occur after inter- and intra-racial interactions take place. More specifically, she examines if Black racial members experience emotions such as tension, […]

Simone Sawyer

Simone Sawyer is a Senior, 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 Emory University’s Grace Crum […]

Micah McDaniel

Micah McDaniel is a first year, psychology major at Spelman College. She currently conducts research at Morehouse College under the mentorship of Dr. Teaniese Davis in the Public Health Sciences Institute. Their research focuses on sexual health and the prevention of the spread of sexually transmitted diseases and infections (STD/I). Micah specifically studies whether students’ […]


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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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