Featured Story: Minority Health International Research Training (MHIRT) Grant

CBU prides itself on effective and enjoyable teaching. An integral part of such teaching is having the students perform research internships. In recognition of this, all science majors at CBU are required to do either a senior research project or an internship. There are different ways for students to perform their research: with a CBU professor, with a researcher at another local institution such as St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), or with a researcher participating in grant funded research anywhere in the U.S.

In addition to the above opportunities, CBU is pleased to provide an excellent opportunity to do this research via internships at sites in Brazil, Uganda, or Kenya with all expenses paid and a stipend through a Minority Health International Research Training (MHIRT) grant funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This is a major collaborative project involving CBU, and other regional academic institutions that started in 2000. Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald, CBU Professor of Biology, is the program director, Mrs. Julia Hanebrink, CBU Adjunct Lecturer of Behavioral Sciences, is the program coordinator aided by Mr. Dustin James as assistant coordinator. There is also an advisory board that consists of faculty from the University of Memphis, Rhodes College, University of Tennessee Health Science Center Memphis and LeMoyne Owen College. These faculty assist in the recruitment of students locally at their institutions. The summer research projects allow students to assist underserved individuals in Brazil, Uganda, and Kenya. Students and faculty travel to these countries to conduct research on health related projects that benefit the native populations. US students also work closely with faculty in foreign university sites. Approximately 15 students participate in this MHIRT program each year in the summer after having participated in preparation workshops the prior spring.

The most wonderful things happen as a result of these summer research experiences. Students go on to graduate programs in dentistry, medicine, public health, and biological sciences. Some dedicate their lives to helping others by setting up non-profit organizations, or working with the foreign sites. All continue to be globally involved. It is wonderful for our students to have this life altering experience. Deadline for applications this year is December 31, 2012. For more information, visit the MHIRT website.

Featured Story: The Math Center Tutors

Math Center in action.

The Math Center is a very popular place and continues to set new records for usage. It is a place for free one-on-one tutoring in math. It is also a place to do your math homework by yourself or in a study group with others in the center.

The Math Center tutors will help any CBU student with a math question or problem. They provide assistance in a warm and congenial atmosphere. They can get you through the toughest homework problem. They’re here to help you learn math.

Location: Cooper-Wilson 321
Phone: 901-321-3245.

Below are profiles of two of the tutors. Profiles of some of the other math tutors can be found in previous issues of this newsletter.

Takeva Hicks, Math Tutor

Sophomore Takeva Hicks is a graduate of Byhalia High School. She has been tutoring for a year in the CBU Math Center. Her expertise brings her tutoring capabilities up to and including Calculus II. Takeva is a member of ACS (American Chemical Society) and serves as a peer counselor for incoming freshmen. Takeva is majoring in Chemistry.

 

 

Trey McGinnis, Math Tutor

Freshman Trey McGinnis graduated from St. Benedict at Auburndale. Although he has just started tutoring in the CBU Math Center he has been tutoring with the Memphis Dyslexia Foundation since 2010. He tutors all math courses up to and including Calculus I. Trey is a member of the Honors Program and also of IEEE, an electrical engineering organization. Trey is a double major in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering.