Detroit Mercy celebrates student research

April 24, 2018

University of Detroit Mercy students had the opportunity to showcase their research projects on April 17, as the University hosted its annual Celebration of Scholarly Achievement in the Student Union Ballroom.

Dozens of students, graduate and undergraduate alike, were on hand to present research posters, books, articles and art to their peers, faculty and other members of the University community.

For some, like freshman ReBUILD scholar Sabriyyah Ricketts, their projects also served as an introduction to academic research.

“I loved the experience,” she said. “Coming into college, I didn’t even know what research was.”

She is already working on her next research project.

Her research partner and fellow freshman Yamiya Lloyd believes that being involved in research so early in her academic career will help her as she gears up for medical school.

“Starting research sooner will prepare me for graduate school… so I get an understanding of what it will be like in med school,” she said. “I learned that we will have setbacks, but we will have to continue and push through it. We didn’t find this in 15 minutes; we had to keep trying to figure out what it was and work toward it.”

Junior Marco Ciavaglia was presenting a poster for the second year; his work, regarding the placement of nerve-blocks in dental work, was a continuation of his research from last year. He has been working with Biology Professor Mary Tracy-Bee since his sophomore year.

As a pre-med student, he was unsure about getting involved in a dental-related project when his research partners — both pre-dental students — approached him, but meeting Tracy-Bee convinced him.

“Once I talked to Dr. Bee, her personality was just outstanding. She related to me and my partners really well, and I was like, ‘OK, this is something I want to do,’ ” Ciavaglia said.

He believes that, while he could have found research projects to work on at other schools, it wouldn’t have been nearly as easy to get involved.

“Probably, if I was at another school, I would have really had to go in and nag professors… this was just like we always say, you have the ability to go in and talk to the professors, and with the small class sizes, you definitely get to know them better,” he said.

For more information about the Celebration of Scholarly Achievement and the projects presented, visit the website.

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