Among the more than 5000 NC State students who graduated in May, 15 of those graduates had participated in NC State's Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity (IMSD) program. The IMSD graduates were the first cohort of students recruited by the program and continued to participate throughout their college careers. As IMSD participants, they presented their research at local, national, and regional conferences. They also had the opportunity to mentor their IMSD undergraduate peers.
The program has graduated one graduate student and 15 undergraduate students during the 2011-2012 academic year. Here are a few of their success stories.
Danielle Robbins was accepted into the IMSD program as a doctoral student in Biomathematics, where she worked in a biomathematics laboratory. In December 2011, Danielle received her Ph.D. from NC State and is now working as a Research Assistant/Postdoctoral Fellow at Arizona State University.
Tojan Rahhal entered the IMSD program as a freshman in Biomedical Engineering and worked in a Comparative Biomedical research lab as an undergraduate scholar. She graduated with honors in May and will begin graduate school to pursue her doctorate degree in Biological Sciences at UNC-Chapel Hill in the fall.
Melissa Young began the IMSD program as a freshman Biochemistry student and pursued the chance to work in a Biochemistry research lab as an undergraduate scholar. After her May graduation, Ms. Young will begin graduate school in Pharmaceutical Sciences at University of Georgia in the fall to pursue her doctorate degree.
William "Reb" Kornahrens was a Chemical Engineering student at NC State and participated in the IMSD program from his sophomore through senior year. Reb also worked in a Chemical Engineering research lab as an undergraduate. This spring, he graduated with honors and will pursue his doctorate degree in Chemical Engineering at University of Texas-Austin this fall.
Melanie Paige entered the IMSD program as a sophomore Psychology student. She also rotated in a psychology labs at both NC State and Duke University. Ms. Paige graduated with honors and will begin work in as a Research Assistant at Duke University. She also plans to pursue her doctorate degree in the area of Clinical Psychology.
Danielle Batin also began the IMSD program as a sophomore Psychology student and rotated in a psychology labs at NC State. In May, she graduated with honors and will begin working as a Teach for America Fellow in the fall.
Congratulations -- and a round of applause for the accomplishments of all our IMSD graduates! And best of luck in your future endeavors!
Photo: Proud NC State graduates and IMSD alums, Tojan Rahhal (left) and Sara Busaileh (right).
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