President shares experience with bioscience students


TUSKEGEE, Ala. (June 6, 2013) — Gilbert L. Rochon, Tuskegee University president, spoke with undergraduate bioscience students from around the country today during a private luncheon in the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center at Tuskegee University. The 13 students are a part of a 10-week summer program the Integrative Bioscience Program Research Experience for Undergrads (IBS-REU). Funded by the National Science Foundation; the program focuses on giving hand-on interdisciplinary research experience and knowledge about post-graduate education and opportunities. This is the fourth year Tuskegee has had the program.

Today’s lunch with Rochon was part of a professional development exercise, “Lunch with an Academic.” According to the director of the Integrative Biosciences program, Deloris Alexander, the meal “is designed to provide a mechanism for students to meet influential people but to also benefit from hearing different perspectives and experiences regarding science/academic careers."

For about two hours, Rochon shared stories about his academic and professional career and answered the student’s questions. Most of his information covered his research career and global experiences.

“It’s important for students to realize there are multiple paths to success in their careers,” Rochon said. “Find ways to collaborate with other disciplines and look for links.”

Victoria Womack, an Alabama A&M biology student from Birmingham, Ala., said she decided to participate in the program for the hands-on research opportunities.

“I just think it be great for networking and gaining experience,” Womack said.

©Tuskegee University 2013

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