Magness lab participates in RUSCH Undergraduate Research Collaboration
Published: 1/12/2010

MADISON - Over the summer of 2009, Ron Magness, Professor and Vice-Chair of Research for the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology participated in the UW SMPH-Spelman College Summer Research partnership mentoring two students Brittany Hills and Sean Fling. These two undergraduates were co-mentored by Sheikh Omar Jobe an Endocrinology and Reproductive Physiology PhD student and Center for Women’s Health Research Team Science Scholar in Dr Magness’ laboratory.

This program which was organized and funded by Gloria Hawkins, Ph.D., Assistant Dean - Multicultural Affairs, brings undergraduates to UW-Madison from Spelman College to work with faculty research mentors for the summer on laboratory research. This academic partnership is a pilot program to complement the newly established Rural and Urban Scholars in Community Health (RUSCH) program with UW-Milwaukee and UW-Platteville. These partnerships have the potential of increasing the diversity of the medical school student body, while addressing the training of students to meet the needs of under-served communities.

The purpose of this initiative was to specifically expose students to biomedical and public health research, and to encourage them to pursue professional and/or graduate studies in medicine, public health and biomedical sciences. At the end of the summer program, Brittany and Sean presented their research to faculty, staff, and others in the medical school community at the closing research symposium. Upon returning to Spelman College in the fall, these students further presented their research at Spelman College’s Annual Research Day Program. Additionally under the guidance of Dr Magness and his graduate student Sheikh Omar Jobe, Sean Fling won first place at the National Science Foundation (NSF) established Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Undergraduate Program Conference for her poster presentation in the biological sciences category.