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Fabian Fuxa

What is your Major?

Computer Science Engineering

Why MRC?

MRC stands out by creating a true sense of community amongst all its members, from the first-years to the RAs to the staff, that is comprised of far-reaching, motivated individuals. We also have the unique opportunity to experience research first-hand at a top research university with renowned faculty as sponsors (and how cool is that?!)

Tell us a little bit about your research project

My research project last year involved designing a low-cost, self-cleaning microplastic and microfiber filter to be installed in wastewater treatment plants.

Sowmyaw Nakkina

What is your Major?

Neuroscience

Why MRC?

At first it was because I wanted exposure to research and to meet a few people with similar interests. It very quickly became a much more valuable decision that has helped me develop professional skills and build life-long relationships. I am unbelievably ecstatic that I was able to return; I love this community and I'm grateful that I was given an opportunity to make a difference.

Tell us a little bit about your research project

My research lies within the Michigan Health System, specifically the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology. Our lab focuses on the development of villi in the intestine in order to gather enough information to create artificial intestine for those who suffer from ailments such as Crohn's disease and Celiac disease.

Mia Garrard | NCUR Reflections

During my freshman year of college I had the privilege of experiencing many great things: lectures by world renowned intellectuals, an interactive performance arts piece composed of thirty plays in sixty minutes, and (among many others) a theater production based on binary code. Yet, I can say, without a doubt, that the most transformative experience was traveling to The National Conference for Undergraduate Research (NCUR) with my peers to present our respective research projects. After dedicating a significant portion of my year to research, having the opportunity to share my work with both my colleagues at the University of Michigan and at universities across the nation was truly rewarding.

Immediately after arriving at the conference, we attended a beautiful opening plenary that described the positive impact research experience has on students from all backgrounds. This prompted me to reflect on how fortunate I am to have gotten involved in research as a freshman. Many students that I spoke to at the conference were rising seniors or had recently graduated, and NCUR was the capstone, for some, to their research careers. On the other hand, my Michigan peers were mostly other first year students just beginning their research careers, which allowed the conference to have a more lasting impression personally and professionally. I believe such a strong showing of underclassman by the University of Michigan can be attributed to the presence and success of the Michigan Research Community and Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program on our campus.