Three Meharry SACS students named NIH R25 Scholars

NIH R25 Scholars 2024

Jean-Hus Theodore, Micaiah McDonald, and Dodji Kuwonu are the Summer 2024 NIH R25 Scholars for Meharry School of Applied Computational Sciences (SACS). Scholars will spend 10 weeks, starting May 28, participating in summer training and conducting 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. 

Dean Fortune Mhlanga, Ph.D.

“From hands-on research experiences to networking and career workshops, the NIH R25 Scholars program will be an important learning experience for Jean-Hus, Micaiah and Dodji,” says Fortune S. Mhlanga, Ph.D., dean of the School of Applied Computational Sciences. “We are grateful for the NIH National Library of Medicine’s support as well as our 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 2, 2024. 

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