Academics: Research Programs

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Research Programs

All students are encouraged to take advantage of the extensive world of science and math opportunities that Spelman offers. These special programs provide research opportunities and unique experiences that take science and math out of the classroom and into the real world.

ExxonMobil WISE

With funding from ExxonMobil, Spelman College is sponsoring the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Scholars Program. This program provides scientifically talented students from groups underrepresented in scientific and engineering fields with the opportunity to pursue undergraduate studies in science and engineering in the highly motivating and supportive environment of Spelman College.

Project contact: Retina Burton, rqburton@spelman.edu

Fellowships in Research and Science Teaching (FIRST) Program

Fellowships in Research and Science Teaching (FIRST) is a postdoctoral fellowship program funded by the National Institutes and Health (IRACDA) and directed by Dr. Doug Eaton at Emory University.

The FIRST Program provides postdoctoral fellows with mentored research experiences at Emory University or Morehouse School of Medicine, as well as mentored teaching experiences at Spelman and other Atlanta University Center institutions. FIRST Fellows at Spelman College have collaborated with faculty in the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, and Psychology.

Project contact: Dr. Carmen Sidbury, csidbury@spelman.edu

Enhancing Global Research and Education in STEM at Spelman College (G-STEM)

The Enhancing Global Research and Education in STEM at Spelman College (G-STEM) project seeks to prepare African American women in the STEM disciplines to be globally engaged. This will be accomplished by the establishment of a G-STEM office which will work synergistically with other offices and departments on campus to establish formal international research collaborations and develop a structured mentoring program for STEM students seeking global research experiences.

This project will increase the quality and quantity of international research opportunities available to Spelman students, as well as enhance the mentoring process between STEM students and faculty. This project is funded by NSF’s Innovation through Institutional Integration (I-cubed) Program.

Project contacts:
Dr. Terezinha Cassia Galvao, tcbgalvao@spelman.edu
Dr. Kai McCormack, kmccormack@spelman.edu

Howard Hughes Program (HHMI)

This is a comprehensive program funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute that enhances the classroom experience and supports student research in biomedical sciences. Our research programs include Spelman Mentored and Research Trained (SMART) Scholars, Research Associates Program (RAP), Student-Generated Research Grants and the annual Spelman Pioneer Award in Research Competition (SPARC).   In addition, the program supports Interdisciplinary Curriculum Development.

Dr. Lisa Hibbard, lhibbard@spelman.edu
Renée Leonard, bleonard@spelman.edu

Merck Center of Science Excellence Program

This Program, funded by the Merck Foundation, supports student scholarships and summer research by faculty from other HCBUs, as well as the Merck Visiting Lecture Series.

Project contact: Dr. Albert Thompson, athompso@spelman.edu

Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (MBRS-RISE)

Spelman-RISE is designed to immerse students in an interdisciplinary research community that will make them more competitive for admission into the top Ph.D. programs. As women of African descent they can bring unique perspectives to the treatment, prevention, and eradication of disease, — when they complete our RISE program, they will be well equipped to change the world.

Project contact: Dr. Dolores Bradley, dbradley@spelman.edu

Summer Biomedical Research Training Program

Expressly designed to introduce basic benchtop research techniques to rising sophomores as opposed to upperclass students. This intense six-week summer program explores concepts in technical writing, scientific ethics, scientific computing, and laboratory safety. In addition to these short courses, students learn basic laboratory techniques, and are introduced to some advanced techniques.

Biomedical Research Colloquium

The colloquium is a course held in conjunction with the Center for Health Disparities Research and Education (CHDRE) seminar series. The colloquium will provide a structured forum for the discussion of peer-reviewed journal articles relating to topics presented at the CHDRE seminar series.

Project Contact: Dr. Dolores V. Bradley, dbradley@spelman.edu

STEM Scholars

The Spelman STEM Scholars (S3) program, funded by NSF, provides competitive scholarships and academic/career-building support to academically-talented, economically disadvantaged African American females who pursue a STEM degree.

Special emphasis is placed on building a critical mass of prospective engineering graduates in Spelman's dual-degree engineering program with Georgia Institute of Technology and its Black Graduate Student Association. Spelman's esteemed group of faculty, "The Vanguard Faculty," will support and guide the first-year students. In addition to the scholarship support, Spelman is developing three new support initiatives: 1) introduction to engineering seminar series, 2) a graduate student mentoring program, and 3) scholarship/graduate school writing workshop

Project contacts:
Dr. DeKimberlen Neeley, dneely@spelman.edu
Dr. Monica Stephens, mstephens@spelman.edu

Women in Engineering (WiE)

The Women in Engineering (WiE) program, funded by the Department of Education (MSEIP) is designed to effect long-range improvement in science and engineering education at Spelman College and to increase the flow of underrepresented minority women into scientific and technological careers by providing early intervention activities and continued support for WiE students during their pre-freshman (summer) and post-freshman years.

The program will focus on addressing a major obstacle to increasing the number of students graduating in engineering disciplines, namely students’ quantitative skills.

Project contacts: Dr. Monica Stephens, mstephens@spelman.edu
Retina Burton, rqburton@spelman.edu

Support for Continuous Research Excellence (SCORE)

A program that supports individual faculty research in the biomedical sciences; funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).