CCC Students to Conduct Research Through MS INBRE Scholar Program

Two Coahoma Community College students, Taylor Harris and Watesha McKnight will be able to gain hands-on experience in public health research this summer through the Mississippi INBRE Scholars program.

CCC Students to Conduct Research Through MS INBRE Scholar Program

Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4057 - Melody Dixon

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Mon May 13, 2019

Two Coahoma Community College students, Taylor Harris and Watesha McKnight will be able to gain hands-on experience in public health research this summer through the Mississippi INBRE Scholars program.

The Mississippi IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) Scholars program is divided into two tracks. Students may choose to participate as either INBRE Research Scholars or Service Scholars.

The Research Scholars program affords students the opportunity to work in labs for experience in biomedical research while the Service Scholars serve the Mississippi Gulf Coast and Jackson communities alongside the nonprofit My Brother’s Keeper, Incorporated to connect their biomedical findings with public health practices.

“Ms. Harris is an excellent student. Always eager to participate in class and explore new things,” says Patricia Furdge, chair of Coahoma’s Math and Science department. “She will be a great representative of Coahoma Community College this summer.”

After finishing this internship, several of the students have plans to study in a STEM field and later give back to their own community through the skills they pick up.

Students in the Mississippi INBRE Scholars program will work closely with mentors in their chosen field of interest. While getting an early start on their career path, students learn about various job opportunities, research ethics and safety all while expanding their professional network.

This summer, Harris and McKnight will serve as Service Scholars and delve into public health issues residents face in the Jackson metropolitan area.

Typical research usually includes examining health issues that disproportionately affect African Americans, issues such as diabetes, HIV, heart disease and hypertension.  

“Ms. McKnight is one of the most conscientious students in my classes,” Furdge said.

“Although she is a bit quiet, she is always eager to participate. She is a member of our Science and Math Club, which shows her passion for science.”

As part of the 11-week process, the participants will become certified in CPR, phlebotomy and HIV testing and counseling.

Mississippi INBRE seeks to engage talented researchers and students in biomedical research projects that will increase the state’s research competitiveness as well as impact the health of citizens of Mississippi.

Students interested in participating in the program next year should contact Science and Math Department instructors Patricia Furdge at 621-4282 or pfurdge@coahomacc.edu or Science Instructor Dr. Stacy Jones at sjones@coahomacc.edu.