Welcome MiCUP Scholars Program students…
By Kellie Raffaelli
Today the staff at CDI welcome thirteen students from Grand Rapids Community College, Delta College, and Wayne County Community College to Michigan Tech for the MiCUP Scholars Program. This program is sponsored by the State of Michigan’s King Chavez Parks initiative, who’s mission is to support and encourage students from community colleges to transfer to a four-year university. These thirteen students were selected from a highly competitive pool of over 50 applicants who will spend seven weeks taking an honors research course and working in a lab with a faculty mentor. At the end of the program the students will present their research in a research symposium highlighting what they have learned and how they have contributed to the field in which they study.
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for many of these students, but it can be very challenging. These students are very far from home and for many really far out of their comfort zone. The staff at CDI work really hard to create a welcoming and inclusive experience for these students while also exposing them to all the wonderful opportunities Tech has to offer.
The staff at CDI love this time of year, we have been running this program for over 15 years and every year is just as exciting as the years before. This year is bitter sweet for me though. I have managed this program since 2013 and have poured all my energy into making the program better every year. I have grown close to many of the students who have transferred to Michigan Tech through the program and cry like a proud momma when they walk across that stage to receive their diploma. This year, CDI was lucky to hire Malissa Sanon who will now take over the program. I am so excited to watch her experience the same joy that I have experienced over the years making strong connections with the students. I will miss getting to know the students and watching their scientific curiosity grow but will try to eat lunch with the students as much as possible.
During track A if you see any of our MiCUP students in the lab, in the residence hall, studying in the library, playing basketball at the SDC, or at shopping Walmart please give them a warm Husky welcome that we are known for!