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Meet Current Students

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Sydney Conley

Sydney Conley

Hometown: Gladwin, MI

Major: Pharmaceutical Sciences

Why MRADS?

MRADS was very appealing because of the research opportunities, and that is why it was one of my top choices. However, I could see the community within MRADS that I needed for Michigan to feel like home, and it became my top choice.

Favorite MRADS Memory

My favorite MRADS memory would have to be the Alumni Seminars, and I am looking forward to the Research Seminars. These seminars have taught me to look at research from a new perspective and have brought me closer to the MRADS community.

Tell us about your research project

I was looking for a research project in the STEM field; however, when I couldn't find the research I was looking for, I looked into different projects. I found a great project that focused on historical change and linguistics. My project has allowed me to work with multiple research methods that I now find more interesting every day. My project has also allowed me to consider different minors that I never considered before.

Why should students join MRADS?

In MRADS, you will become a part of a community with endless support, create lifelong memories and friendships, and become a part of a diverse group of students at the forefront of research. Words cannot describe how much MRADS has done for me.

How has MRADS impacted you?

MRADS has given me friends that I wouldn't have otherwise met. With the coronavirus and mainly online classes, I was still able to safely make meaningful connections with others in MRADS.

Adaeze Njoku

Adaeze Njoku

Hometown: West Bloomfield, MI

Major: Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience

Why MRADS?

Research is vital for the pre-health track, not only did this provide me with a great experience I was also able to establish a great group of friends within the living learning community. 

Favorite MRADS Memory

Being open and actually finding new people to become friends with during welcome week.

Tell us a little bit about your research project

My research experience is amazing. I am able to incorporate programs that I had previously used and correlate with my interests. I am able to expand my interests and learn more about the impact of social media and the school of nursing. Through MRADS, there is a broad range of opportunities one is able to acquire through any interests you have.

Why should students join MRADS?

MRADS provides a great start to the school year. Students are able to build new relationships with other new students, staff and professionals, with new experiences in the work-field as well.

How has MRADS impacted you?

MRADS has allowed me to create and establish great friends and professional connections and allowed me to improve my skills in interviews, and general professional attire. 

Nicholas Cemalovic

Nicholas Cemalovic

Hometown: Northville, MI

Major: Interdisciplinary Chemical Sciences

Why did you choose MRADS?

I chose MRADS because I wanted to not only do research, but be part of a community where everyone was supported academically and socially. I ended up getting much more than I thought I would, being able to closely interact with staff, sophomore leaders, and alumni. 

Favorite MRADS Memory

My favorite memory from MRADS would be all of the late nights spent in the hallways and lounges getting to know the people in my hall.

Tell us a little bit about your research project

I conduct research in an environmental toxicology laboratory in the School of Public Health, studying the effects of pesticide exposure on breast cancer development, especially in marginalized communities that are more highly exposed. I work both on the bench, culturing cells and exposing them to different toxicants, and on the computer, learning skills in coding to analyze and present data. I love that I get to experience public health, bioinformatics, and cancer biology, all with a super supportive and fun group of lab members.

Why should students join MRADS?

Students should join MRADS for the community, where everyone is so incredibly friendly, diverse, and excited about whatever they are studying. You get to explore the world of research and mentorship from a much deeper lens, all while getting to know your peers.

How has MRADS impacted you?

MRADS has provided me with the resources, connections, and confidence to be successful as a researcher and student.

Atul Gera

Atul Gera

Hometown: Plainview, NY

Major: Computer Science

Why MRADS?

I chose MRADS to join a community of young researchers and to enjoy my residential experience in Mojo with friends. Going to class with MRADS students and seeing them everyday in the hallways, dining hall, and elsewhere has made me more comfortable on such a large campus.

Favorite MRADS Memory

I loved the Halloween murder mystery event because it was tons of fun to see everyone online in a costume and argue about who is the most suspicious.

Tell us a little bit about your research project

I conduct research in the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies identifying the role of social media in electoral politics and violence. Focusing on Cote d'Ivoire, I collected data from thousands of Facebook posts regarding the country's presidential candidates. This project is highly interdisciplinary, and I love the opportunity to work with data, French, and politics. Remote research has also been rewarding because I can work at my own pace. 

Why should students join MRADS?

You should join MRADS because there are so many resources, from workshops to study groups, to help you succeed in your academic career. Not to mention, you will be a part of quite a diverse community where you will meet a lot of new friends who share your interests.

How has MRADS impacted you?

MRADS has given me an excellent first-year foundation from which the sky is the limit. I am always learning something new about college or classes from the many peer advisors, mentors, and friends that I have met this past year. Join MRADS, and GO BLUE!!

Teresa Lee

Teresa Lee

Hometown: Hong Kong

Major: Computer Engineering

Why MRADS?

I chose MRADS to participate in research and find a relatively smaller community in such a big university.

Favorite MRADS Memory

Having fun in community events, and meeting people in this weird semester.

Tell us a little bit about your research project

I was able to choose a research project that's related to ancient astronomy, which I would have never thought I'd be involved in. Even though I'm physically on the other side of the world, the MRADS staff and peers are very supportive and helpful in the process of my project search. I have gained a lot from my project, which might not be directly related to my major, but it helps me think from a very different perspective and trains my creativity.

Why should students join MRADS?

You would be able to meet new people, learn a lot of skills and guidance from MRADS staff, and be in a great peer support system that lifts you up when you're feeling down.

How has MRADS impacted you?

MRADS definitely helped me meet new people during the pandemic. I have gained a lot of knowledge and skills that are necessary for college life through workshops provided in MRADS.