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- UROP Associate Director Catalina Ormsby Receives Distinguished Diversity Leaders Award
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- 30th Anniversary of UROP Program
- A two-way street: UROP Peer Facilitators support first-year, second-year, and transfer students in their research and academics — and learn from them in the process
- UROP adapts to COVID crisis
- Corey J. Schiffman, MD
- Brent Frey, DDS
- Jane Brown, PhD Candidate
- Yaera Spraggins, Recently Published UROP Alumni
- Scott Koenigbauer, PhD Candidate
- Olivia Negris, Doctoral Candidate
- Michael DiDonato, UROP Alumni
- Vivian Kurtz UROP Alumni
- Geoffrey Jenkins, UROP Alumni
- Rhonda Fields, MSW - UROP Alumni
- Trey Thomas UROP Alumni
- Elizabeth Schill UROP Alumni
- Ryan Shami UROP Alumni
- Melissa Manley, PhD Candidate
- Tejash Patel, PhD
- GradeCraft helps UROP students become more curious and better researchers
- Lamira Ray, MPH
- Joshua Hurlburt, DDS
- Megan Wampler - UROP Alumni
- UROP Student Spotlight - Yasmeen Berry
- Celina Romano, JD, PhD Candidate
- Mikel Haggadone, PhD Candidate
- Colby Hanley, UROP Alumni
- Ian Waters, PhD
- Yannah Melle UROP Alumni
- Nida Ali, MPH
- Julia Wang, MD-PhD
- Ryan McWay, Research Area Specialist Associate
- Aracely Marroquin, CCSFP Researcher Awarded Grant
- Undergraduate student research spring symposium goes virtual
- Shannon Shaughnessy UROP Alumni
- Asa Smith, PhD, RN
- Archived News
- Lessons from virtual summer fellowship in Detroit linger for students
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What years did you participate in UROP?
What UROP Program(s) were you a part of?
Traditional UROP as a Freshman
What made you choose UROP?
I wanted to get research experience as a freshman who was pre-med. I was interested in obesity and metabolism and was able to interview at a few different labs that fit my interests. I found a great lab that led me to choose research as a big part of my future career.
What do you think you have learned from your UROP experience?
I learned that science involves much more than the act of performing an experiment. It was about learning independently (a lot!), designing experiments, re-doing experiments, data analysis, and communicating the whole process.
What is the extent to which you have kept in contact with your Research Mentor?
My research mentor has written letters of support for me many years after I graduated and those letters helped me get to where I am today! I also email him whenever I achieve a milestone like getting publishing my first first-author paper.
How did your UROP experience shape or inform the next steps you took in your academic and professional journey?
It led me to apply to MD/PhD programs and really invest in science as a career. To me, Dr. Dan Eitzman was an example of how a physician-scientist balances their split careers.
Where are you in your professional journey?
I am in my last year in my MD/PhD program. I will be applying to research track pathology residencies in the next few months.
What advice would you give to a current UROP student?
Keep and open mind and try new things! But also be honest with yourself when a topic or environment does not excite you. There are plenty of different labs and it would be a shame to stay away from science if by chance your first experience didn't fit your interests.
What are some recent publications or accomplishments that you are proud of?
I had 4 co-author publications from UROP (Dr. Eitzman's lab) and since then I've published 12 more papers, 6 of which are first-author publications.