Introducing the Next Generation of Biomedical Scientists: The ReBUILDetroit Program

Introducing the Next Generation of Biomedical Scientists: The ReBUILDetroit Program

Jan 16 , 2019

As an instructor for the ReBUILDetroit program, I had the privilege of working with a talented group of students during the summer before their freshman year in college. The program, a collaborative effort between the University of Detroit Mercy and Wayne State University, aims to establish Detroit as a center for biomedical research training for underrepresented undergraduate students.

As a physics instructor, I focused on introducing the students to many concepts in introductory physics, including several hands-on labs that incorporated electronics. The students were incredibly engaged and eager to learn, and it was a pleasure to see their excitement as they worked with circuit boards and learned to code using Arduino kits.

One of the best things about the ReBUILDetroit program is the strong mentorship component. Each student is paired with a faculty member or graduate student who serves as a research mentor, providing guidance and support throughout their time in the program. This is essential for students who may not have had much exposure to research before, and it helps to build their confidence and skills.

The ReBUILDetroit program is a great opportunity for students to get a head start on their college education and gain valuable research experience. By introducing them to the concepts of physics and electronics, I helped to pave the way for these students to pursue careers in the biomedical sciences. And I believe that the hands-on experience they gained through the labs and the mentorship they received will be invaluable as they continue their studies.

The program is funded by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), which is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The goal of the program is to increase the number of underrepresented students who go on to graduate or professional school in the biomedical sciences, and ultimately to increase the number of underrepresented scientists in the biomedical workforce.