By Julie O’Connor

Wayne State University held a research symposium recently that gave students from 11 summer research programs an opportunity to showcase their gained knowledge from their recent experiences. Thirty-eight students presented on research topics such as relationship blast-induced tinnitus and hearing impairments; does treatment make cancer more dangerous; women’s qualitative and quantitative reports of “secret tests” they use to decrease uncertainty in developing relationships; and more.

“Students from Wayne State University, area high schools, and other universities ‒such as Marygrove College, Michigan Technological University, University of North Carolina, Michigan State University, University of Michigan and many others ‒ spent ten weeks at Wayne State to gain an intensive summer research experience,” said Joseph Dunbar, Ph.D.,  associate vice president for research and director of Wayne State’s Initiative for Maximizing Student Development program, funded by the National Institutes of Health.

“The summer research programs give students a rich, hands-on research experience that allows them to explore research and science as a potential career,” he added.

The Initiative for Maximizing Student Development is one example of WSU’s student research programs that has supported Wayne State’s long tradition of offering research opportunities to underrepresented students.

“Participating students learn how to analyze, interpret and communicate scientific research results from their own experiments. Young scientists who are given research opportunities like these often go on to pursue careers in scientific investigation,” said Dunbar.

“Our programs give them a chance to work on projects with mentors, peers, graduate students and research faculty followed by opportunities to give oral and visual presentations of their work in a professional setting. It is a life-changing opportunity for many of these students,” he added.