Two students accepted as summer research fellows in Brown University program


TUSKEGEE, Ala. (May 16, 2011) — Two Tuskegee University students, Cayla Echols and Jessica Leonard, were selected to participate as 2011 Summer Research Fellows with the Leadership Alliance Summer Program. The program is headquartered at Brown University in Providence, R.I.


Echols, a sophomore majoring in psychology with a minor in Biology, was awarded and accepted as a summer research fellowship at Stanford University, School of Humanities and Sciences Summer Research-Early Identification Program (SR-EIP) in Stanford, Calif.


Leonard was awarded and accepted a summer research fellowship in the Educational Psychology and Applied Development Science Summer Undergraduate Research Program at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va. During the summer of 2010, Jessica Leonard participated as an undergraduate research fellow in political science at Columbia University in New York City. Leonard was the first Tuskegee University student to participate in the Leadership Alliance Summer Program.


Betty Neal Crutcher, a Tuskegee University alumna (’71), a Harvard senior fellow and senior mentoring consultant, initiated a partnership with Jabbar R. Bennett, assistant dean of the graduate school and clinical assistant professor of medicine at the Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University, to increase the number of black undergraduate students pursuing doctoral degrees.


Tuskegee University faculty members Obiora N. Anekwe, coordinator of educational enhancement and technology, and Clyde C. Robertson, associate professor of history, served as mentors to Echols and Leonard.

From left: Jessica Leonard and Cayla Echols.

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