NNMC Student Accepted Into Exclusive U of A Summer Program

Demetria Clichee celebrating on the campus of NNMC after learning she was accepted into BLAISER. Courtesy photo

NNMC Student Accepted Into Exclusive U of A Summer Program

Staff Report

Local resident and Northern New Mexico College student Demetria Clichee was recently accepted into the exclusive B.L.A.I.S.E.R. program at the University of Arizona. Clichee was selected for the10-week undergraduate research experience with Border Latino and American Indian Summer Exposure to Research (BLAISER) that is to run from June thru Aug. of this summer.

BLAISER is a competitive academic program strongly committed to attract students that represent the diverse population to biomedical research, expose them and make them sensitive to the Health Disparities in Southern of Arizona and the border region. This 10-week, undergraduate research experience provides laboratory training opportunity, pairing junior and senior level student-scholars with preeminent University of Arizona Health Sciences researchers. This is a premier research experience for undergraduate students from underrepresented backgrounds arming them with skills to make them competitive and successful in their pursuit of post-secondary education and research.

This program is held annually in the summer to allow students the opportunity to immerse themselves on campus at the University of Arizona Health Sciences. The inaugural class consisted of fifteen students in 2015. In 2016, nineteen students participated. A maximum of twenty-five students will be accepted annually.

Program Highlights

  • Mentorship by a UA biomedical researcher or medical scientist working on translational research
  • Master the medical and graduate application process
  • Learn about minority health disparities
  • Participation in workshops on GRE and MCAT in order to make students more competitive
  • Travel to Nogales AZ and Nogales Mexico (passport will be required to travel to Mexico) in order to learn about health disparity issues in the border region.
  • Create and present a research poster
  • Share experiences with students that are pursuing similar goals and objectives
  • Present research at the UA Summer Research Conference

Student Eligibility

  • Current Junior status or beyond
  • Cumulative 3.25 GPA
  • Latinos, Native Americans and African Americans, populations that are underrepresented in the biomedical and health sciences
  • Currently majoring in: biology, chemistry, physiology, microbiology, engineering, computer sciences and similar fields

Program Benefits

  • $3,000 stipend
  • On campus housing for non-UA students, paid by the program
  • Six units upper division graded undergraduate research
  • Professional MCAT and GRE preparation program
  • Gain Hands-on experience conducting research