Meharry SACS announces NIH R25 Scholars for Summer 2023

NIH R25 scholars

Aleesa Mann, Ndidiamaka Obi, Bradford Patton and Noah Whittenbarger are the Summer 2023 NIH R25 Scholars for Meharry School of Applied Computational Sciences (SACS). Scholars will spend 10 weeks, starting May 30, participating in summer training and research with a faculty mentor. They will also receive a $10,000 stipend and additional funding for summer housing and for travel and attendance at a biomedical data science conference.

The NIH R25 Scholars program is made possible through a grant awarded to Meharry, Fisk University, and Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) from the National Library of Medicine, of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Meharry is the principal on the grant, the only HBCU to serve as lead on an NIH R25 grant. 

Fortune Mhlanga

“This summer will be an unforgettable learning experience for Aleesa, Ndidiamaka, Bradford and Noah,” says Fortune S. Mhlanga, dean of the School of Applied Computational Sciences. “We are grateful for the NIH National Library of Medicine’s support as well as the partnership of Fisk and VUMC.”

The Meharry students will be joined by three students from Fisk. In addition to faculty mentorship, these scholars will have access to NIH resources and attend seminars and workshops at Meharry SACS, the Fisk School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and the Department of Biomedical Informatics at VUMC. Seminar topics include education and career pathways, research topics and methods, professional skills, and the latest advances in biomedical data science.

Scholars will present their summer research results during a research symposium on August 4, 2023. 

Meharry SACS NIH R25 Scholars Award Recipients

Aleesa Mann
M.S. Data Science Student
Mentor: Vibhuti Gupta, Ph.D., Meharry SACS

Ndidiamaka Obi
M.S. Biomedical Data Science
Mentors: Zhijun Yin, Ph.D. and Kim Unertl, Ph.D. from the Department of Biomedical Informatics, VUMC

Bradford Patton
M.S. Data Science
Mentor: Bishnu Sarker, Ph.D.

Noah Whittenbarger
M.S. Biomedical Data Science
Mentor: Aize Cao, Ph.D.

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