For five Washtenaw Community College students, there wasn’t much down time this summer.
Taiwo Adeniyi, Angel Izaguirre, Nicole Lang, Davon Shackleford, and Ederson Tobisawa spent most of their summer participating in the University of Michigan (UM) Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP).
With opportunities available in all fields, including arts and humanities and engineering, this 10-week paid program is designed for community college students who plan to transfer to UM–Ann Arbor. According to UM’s website, the program provides students with the opportunity to complete individual research projects, learn firsthand about what it’s like to be an academic researcher, explore academic and postgraduate careers, all while developing mentorships with faculty and staff and friendships with their peers.
“The best thing about the program is that we worked directly with staff and became more familiar with UM’s campus because UM can be very intimidating if you’re not already there,” said Shackleford, a WCC sophomore, whose major is general studies. “It provided a bridge to transfer and it made me feel more comfortable and more at ease to apply. In fact, I’ve already started my application.”
The program concluded with poster presentations at a symposium, where students explained their lab, research and findings to a group of judges. One of the many highlights included the moment when Izaguirre, Shackleford and Tobisawa walked away with blue ribbons.
“It was very thrilling because we spent a lot of time researching,” Shackleford said. “It showed that I had passion for the research I was a part of, and it was just a rewarding feeling to know that you are among the best.”
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