ASURE Program Gets Underway

On July 22, 2014 by Grad Forum
Right to left: Emmanuel, Di'Vennci, Yolanda, Derrick at Ruggle's Mine

Left to right (back row): Emmanuel Rosas, Lilian Kabeche, Stephanie Kabeche, Di’Vennci Lucas, Yolanda Long, Derick Marshall, and (front) Ruth Kabeche at Ruggles Mine.

The Graduate Studies Office recently welcomed undergraduate students from around the country at a breakfast marking the start of the Dartmouth Academic Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (ASURE).

ASURE is a nine-week program during which undergraduates from other institutions are invited to Dartmouth to conduct research in the labs of Dartmouth professors. The program is highly competitive—this year the Graduate Studies Office received over 900 applications for only seven spots. Participating students this summer, as well as the professors with whom they will be working, include:

Janine Brandt, Penn State University – Rob Cramer (Department of Microbiology and Immunology)

Alani Casey, North Carolina Central University – Mary Lou Guerinot (Department of Biological Sciences)

Stephanie Kabeche, University of Miami – Jason McLellan (Department of Biochemistry)

Yolonda Long, North Carolina Central University – Scott Williams (Department of Biological Sciences)

Di’Vennci Lucas, Stanford University – Jane Hill (Thayer School of Engineering)

Derick Marshall, College of Wooster – David Glueck (Department of Chemistry)

Emmanuel Rosas, University of Texas at Brownsville – Ruth Craig (Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology)

Jane Seibel, the Assistant Dean of Recruiting and Diversity in the Graduate Studies Office, oversees the program, and each year she is assisted by graduate student mentors. This year, the mentors are sisters, Lilian (Lily) and Ruth Kabeche. Lily earned her PhD in biochemistry from Dartmouth in 2013 and is currently a postdoctoral researcher in Professor Scott Gerber’s lab in the Norris Cotton Cancer Center. Ruth, a fourth-year graduate student in biochemistry, conducts research in Professor Jamie Moseley’s lab.

Lily and Ruth are excited to be working together to welcome ASURE undergraduates. “It’s really an honor to share our love of science and Dartmouth with new students,” says Lily. Additionally, Lily and Ruth admit that they are thrilled their third sister, Stephanie, who is currently an undergraduate at the University of Miami, is one of the participating students in the ASURE program this year.

In addition to conducting research, the undergraduate students will have the opportunity to participate in group activities that take advantage of the unique environment of the Upper Valley. Thus far, the students have bonded during their trek at the Odyssey High Ropes Course and visited Cedar Circle Farms and Montshire Museum. The students will also present their research at the Leadership Alliance, a national symposium for undergraduate research students, at the end of the month.

“We always look forward to having the ASURE students on campus,” notes Seibel. “We have a very strong group of students participating in the program, and they enrich our community with their variety of experiences and perspectives. We welcome them to campus!”

by Elizabeth Molina-Markham

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