VMS undergrad, Tanner Barnharst, recently learned that he was accepted into the University of Michigan’s Rackham Summer Research Opportunity. The Rackham program was initiated in 1986 to prepare students for competitive graduate study and, ultimately, successful academic careers.
Tanner’s eight weeks in Ann Arbor will be spent in Marilia Cascalho’s lab. She is an associate professor of surgery and microbiology/immunology. Her lab investigates the molecular mechanisms of B cell memory and T cell diversification as well as the generation of diversity in health and disease. Tanner will participate in a graduate-level research project and present his findings at a research symposium at the end of the summer. He will also have the opportunity to engage in a series of academic, professional, and personal development seminars.
“Working at the University of Michigan will allow me to increase the number of skills I have in the lab, which will make me a more competitive candidate for graduate school,” Tanner explains. “In addition to actual skills, I hope to do some networking and make connections with some of the very talented faculty at the University of Michigan.”
Tanner is currently a McNair scholar and has been a member of Dr. Jane Schuh’s cadre of undergraduate researchers since last fall. His long-term goals are to pursue a graduate degree in epidemiology and public health and to work for an agency like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Way to go, Tanner! Have a great summer in Ann Arbor!