“If it wasn’t for the D-RISE program, I would not be currently doing research,” Camarena said. “As a first-generation student, I did not directly have an experienced and older figure around to guide me through the important decisions that come with the college experience.

"I discovered research on accident. There was no one who really came up to me and said, ‘I recommend that you look into research because, it will help you build crucial field-related skills.’ I’ve always learned through self-explored experiences and opportunities.”

The D-RISE program is one of many ways U-M faculty and staff engage in educational outreach to serve Michigan communities.

D-RISE is a partnership between Detroit Cass Tech high school and U-M aimed at encouraging youth to pursue STEM careers. 

Nicolai Lehnert, founder of the D-RISE, is  professor of chemistry and biophysics.

Learn more about D-RISE

Learn more about U-M outreach efforts to provide access for underrepresented students in this University Record article that featured Stephanie and is currently on the U-M homepage.