Research at Lafayette doesn’t take a summer break. Students and their faculty mentors have been busy compiling data, conducting experiments, and making discoveries Twitter
Each summer, Lafayette students have the opportunity to work directly with faculty members on immersive research projects. This year, 108 students participated in these collaborations, which advance the lessons taught in the classroom while also enabling students to develop new skills that can benefit them in their future studies and careers.
“I feel fortunate to be at the forefront of research that isn’t being done anywhere else,” says Destiny Ortiz Fernandez ’22, a neuroscience major who is collaborating with Khadijah Mitchell, Peter C.S. d’Aubermont, M.D., Scholar of Health and Life Sciences and assistant professor of biology, to research racial health disparities. “Under Dr. Mitchell’s mentorship, I feel more confident than ever in my skills. She really takes the time to guide me and teach me. This experience is further prepping me for my future endeavors as a scientist.”
Read on to learn more about the work Fernandez and a few of her fellow student scholars have been working on this summer.