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posted May 2, 2018, 8:35 AM by Margaret Best   [ updated May 2, 2018, 8:40 AM ]
Sarah Davis, a King William junior in the Engineering & Technology program at Bridging Communities, was recently accepted as a Fellow in the Dean's Early Research Initiative at Virginia Commonwealth University. The Dean's Early Research Initiative (DERI) aims to enhance high school students' exposure to engineering research while, providing opportunities for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to develop skills in mentoring. The goal of the DERI program is to give high school students an extended research experience.

DERI Fellows will work with a VCU Ph.D. student and faculty member on a research project. They begin their work in the summer before their senior year in high school, and continue throughout the year.

When asked what she was looking forward to with the DERI program, Sarah said "It will let me meet new people in a new learning environment. My Bridging Communities engineering class recently visited the VCU School of Engineering, which really opened my eyes to opportunities at college."

Asked about her expectations for the future, Sarah responded "While I am hoping for a career in biomedical engineering, the Dean's Early Research Initiative at VCU will help me prepare for college and any career."