SUMR 15 Kickoff and Talent Show

SUMR Blog

SUMR 15 Kickoff and Talent Show

16th Annual Penn Minority Research Program Includes Undergrads From 13 Schools
image

[Click image for larger] The Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics' Summer Undergraduate Minority Research (SUMR) class of 2015 kicked off its first week of orientation. After several days of lectures on subjects ranging from health economics and clinical epidemiology to accountable care organizations and health disparities, the 18 scholars took a break for the annual SUMR Talent Show where each is asked to perform a skill or talent as shown below.
image image

[Click images for larger] SUMR Scholar Jerome Watts (above, left) of Haverford College began playing on a basketball team in 4th grade and became enamored with Globetrotter tricks. By the end of the 7th grade he could spin the ball on every finger of his right hand as deftly as a Trotter. He demonstrated the skill and by popular vote was declared the SUMR Talent Show winner. SUMR Scholar Shanarra Turner (above, right) of the University of Michigan performed a poem she wrote in creative writing class about the growth of friendship. "I chose this poem because it's something that is very important to me, especially right now," she said.
image image

Yasmeen Wermers (above, left) of Emory University performed a rap song she wrote about a child growing up without a father. She noted the piece was inspired by the children she worked with at an Atlanta inner-city tutoring project. "Their stories about how not having a father impacted their lives truly touched me," she said. Kelly McClure (above, right) of Cornell University is a policy debater who did a speed reading of an argument that the War Powers Authority of the President to conduct drone strikes and targeted killings should be limited.
image image

Tammy Jiang (above, left) of Brown University, who has always loved puzzles, solved a Rubik's Cube in about 90 seconds. As a child, she got her first Cube at a souvenir shop in Canada and was hooked. The fastest she's ever whizzed through the cube is 60 seconds. Brandon McKenzie (above, right) of Swarthmore College who played on his high school team as well as for the New Jersey Olympic Development Program, gave a demonstration of soccer ball handling.
image image

Rathnam Venkat (above, left) of University of Pennsylvania did the Bhangra, a native dance of North India. He is a member of the Penn Masti South Asian Fusion Dance Team. Cristal Lopez (above, right) of California State University learned that visiting Wharton Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR)'s Associate Director Utsav Schurmans shared her same ability to both twirl the tongue and flare the nose simultaneously. They decided to wow the Talent Show with a joint display of twirling and flaring until Schurmans was suddenly called away and she was left to go on stage alone.
image image

John Gehlbach (above, left) of University of Pennsylvania took part in a card trick by SUMR Coordinator Safa Browne. "It did work eventually," he said. Anuvrat Jha (above, right) of Ohio State University, and Mei-Lynn Hua of the University of Texas at Austin did the "All Eight" card trick that makes all four of a deck's 8 cards show up -- but they could only get two to show up and admitted they needed some more practice.
image image

Tobi Akindoju (above, left) of Yale University gave a "beatbox" performance using his hands and mouth as a lively musical instrument. He's played the tuba and a variety of percussion instruments for ten years but still loves the freeform of beatboxing that facilitates musical expression without the need for physical instruments. Francisca Bermudez (above, right) of Princeton University had a mother and grandmother who passed their love and talent for origami onto her. She demonstrated her own skill in the ancient art by producing a paper crane.
image image

Enrique Torres Hernandez (above, left) of St. Mary's University did a step dance version that is unique to his fraternity, Omega Delta Phi, a multicultural social and community service organization. Adjoa Mante (above, right) of Princeton University and a member of that school's Bhangra Team did the northern India dance. Princeton's team competes in the dance on campus as well as in outside contests.
image image

Omar Mansour (above, left) of Macalester College said his decision to eat grapes as an act of performance art was a spontaneous one. Making it all the more fun, SUMR Program Director Joanne Levy loaded him up with another bag of grapes. Rishab Kumar (above, right) of the University of Pennsylvania has been golfing from a very young age and was varsity captain of his high school golf team. He demonstrated his ability to juggle a ball on the head of a golf club. "It's fairly tough to do this," he said.