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Sophia Ellis, C’2023, and Isimeme Udu, C’2021 Spend Summer Immersed in Research

July 2021

Spelman College scholars do research at Georgia TechA recent Spelman graduate and rising junior will enhance their knowledge of scientific research during the Georgia Institute of Technology summer research program.

Sophia Ellis, C’2023, and Isimeme Udu, C’2021, were selected to participate in the
Georgia Tech Aquatic Chemical Ecology summer research program, which gives students an opportunity to perform exciting research with chemistry, biochemistry, earth sciences and engineering faculty.

The research internship is supported by the National Science Foundation’s Research Experience for Undergraduates program at Georgia Tech.

This summer, Ellis will work on a team focused on finding patterns in the genomic traits of bacteria living in different environments.

"Through this internship I have had the chance to enhance my coding skills, while also learning how to read and analyze scientific journals," said Ellis.

Udu, who is enrolling in the medical informatics program at Dartmouth College in the fall, applied for the program in order to gain more exposure to scientific techniques and mathematical modeling, she said.

"I am learning about how applicable math and programming are in biological concepts," she said. "Seeing all the things I can do now makes me excited for what I can do in the future!"