The Guarini School of Graduate and Advanced Studies at Dartmouth welcomed undergraduate students from around the country at a breakfast marking the start of the Dartmouth Academic Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (ASURE).
ASURE is a nine-week program during which undergraduates from other institutions are invited to Dartmouth to conduct research in Dartmouth labs. The program is highly competitive—this year the School received over 400 applications for only 8 spots. Participating students this summer, as well as the professors with whom they will be working, include:
Gianna Davis, University of Texas at San Antonio, Alan Green and Wilder Doucette (department of psychiatry)
Justin Grant, Morehouse College, Brent Berwin (microbiology and immunology)
Malcolm Hope, Morehouse College, Richard Enelow (microbiology and immunology)
Caliope (Carla) Marin, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Gio Bosco (molecular and systems biology)
Sarah Najera, University of California, Irvine (UCI), James Bliska (microbiology and immunology)
Monique Porter, Pennsylvania State University, Deb Hogan (microbiology and immunology)
Austin Redwing, Pennsylvania State University, Scott Pauls, (mathematics)
JoAnne Villagrana, University of California, Irvine (UCI), Daniel Schultz (microbiology and immunology)
Jane Seibel, the Assistant Dean of Recruiting and Diversity, and Communications in the Guarini School, oversees the program, and each year she is assisted by graduate student mentors. This year, the mentors are Melisa Fuentes and Bianca Romo. Melisa is in her fourth year in the Microbiology and Cellular Biology Program (MCB), working in Bing He’s lab. Bianca is in her third year in the Program in Experimental and Molecular Medicine (PEMM).
In addition to conducting research, the undergraduate students will have the opportunity to participate in group activities that take advantage of the unique environment of the Upper Valley. Events planned include kayaking and rock climbing.
The students will also present their research at the Leadership Alliance, a national symposium for undergraduate research students, at the end of July.
“We always look forward to having the ASURE students on campus,” notes Seibel. “We have a very strong group of students participating in the program, and they enrich our community with their variety of experiences and perspectives. We welcome them to Dartmouth!”
You can learn more about the 2019 ASURE cohort on the Guarini School Facebook page.