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Maryland: NIH Funded Summer Research Programs Support Minority Students Seeking Futures in Health

Twenty-five participants — selected from a pool of more than 1,000 applicants — spent the summer at the University of Maryland School of Public Health through two programs that give minority students and those from disadvantaged backgrounds opportunities to do research in a safe space to learn and grow. 

The Aging Diversity and Professional Development (ADAPT) program for University of Maryland undergraduates and STAR (Summer Training and Research) for undergraduates across the county, train and mentor them over two consecutive 10-week summer sessions. 

The STAR program has been funded since 2011 by a grant from the National Institutes of Health-National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and the ADAPT program launched in 2014 with a grant from the NIH-National Institute on Aging.

Kinesiology professor, Dr. James Hagberg, has led the training programs since 2011 and mentored hundreds of students. 

Meet the members of this year’s cohorts. 

2019 STAR Students and Mentors

Jewel Aleshire
Sacoby Wilson

Indu Bastakoti
James Hatfield

Diego de la Cruz Caro
Sarah Kuzmiak-Glancy

Kevin Ezema
James Hagberg

Earon Grinage
James Hatfield

Asli McCullers
Donald Milton

Melissa Nava
Cheryl Knott

Jaela Stith
Donald Milton

Jalen Warren
James Hagberg

Aaron Houston
Cher Dallal

Marcus Jones
Sacoby Wilson

Sydney Johnson
James Hagberg

2019 ADAPT Students and Mentors

Yoseph Gebru
James Hatfield

Shelby Lawanson
Craig Fryer

Sara Mascone
Steven Prior

Justin Nwosu
Typhanye Dyer

Kaitlyn Welsh
Stven Prior 

Root Woldu
Bradley Boekeloo

Adewale Awoyemi
Carson Smith

Afnan Gimie
Donald Milton

Jariatu Jamba
Jennifer Roberts

Christine Nzokou
Cher Dallal

Tomi Okonlawan
Cher Dallal

Ola Toye
James Hagberg

Eveyln Zietowski
Sushant Ranadive

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