Chemistry graduate students helped to raise awareness of sickle cell disease with “Sickle & Flow,” a hip hop benefit concert. The concert took place on Saturday, June 18th in Edgewood. Proceeds raised from the concert–which featured Command, Bassmint Fresh, Ariel Simone, and many more–will benefit the Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia.
Working together with the team at SciComm, [Matthew] Lewis [Emory MD/PhD Candidate] and Wieliczko began to reach out to different artists and musicians to discuss the different ways they could leverage Atlanta. The thought was that in order to better connect the scientific and medical communities with the public, they needed to tap into the culture that drives the city forward. “The nightlife, the music, the history of this place is so incredible,” says Lewis. “There are a lot of young people and a high proportion of African-Americans. We got to thinking: what if we could combine that youth culture, that music and arts vibe that is so strong in Atlanta, and try to partner with these organizations together and celebrate the lives of people affected by sickle cell?”
The thirty-five individuals in our entering class include high-achieving students from across the country and internationally. Students were selected from an applicant pool of over three hundred. Selected students share a rigorous educational background and a passion for chemistry. The selection committee placed particular emphasis on applicants’ previous and potential contributions to research.
Among the incoming students, we welcome two Emory Graduate Diversity Fellows. The Emory Graduate Diversity Fellowship (EGDF) is awarded to applicants who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement and who will contribute to the development of a richly diverse student body. To be considered for the EGDF, applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents who plan to pursue a program of doctoral study. One of our students was also selected as a fellow in the NIH-funded Initiative to Maximize Student Development (IMSD) program. In addition, students in our incoming class were awarded a total of five Laney Fellowships. Laney awards recognize outstanding academic achievements as well as a student’s potential to excel as a research scientist. All of our incoming students have been awarded tuition waivers and stipend support for the duration of their graduate careers at Emory.
Graduate students are at the heart of our community-their presence energizes research and teaching in the department. We look forward to welcoming our 2015 incoming class to campus!
For more information about our incoming class-and the Department of Chemistry in general-please contact Kira Walsh, Outreach Coordinator.
If you are an admitted student who needs assistance, please contact Ann Dasher, Graduate Coordinator.