Penn SUMR Scholars Arrive at Minneapolis AcademyHealth Research Meeting

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Penn SUMR Scholars Arrive at Minneapolis AcademyHealth Research Meeting

Undergrads From 13 Schools Exploring The Health Services Research Field
SUMR15 ARM group photo

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (JUNE 13, 2015) -- Eighteen University of Pennsylvania Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics' Summer Undergraduate Minority Research (SUMR) scholars arrived at the 2015 AcademyHealth Research Meeting (ARM) here this morning to continue their summer-long integration into the health services research community.

The three-month long LDI SUMR program is aimed at undergraduates who are interested in exploring potential careers in the field of health services research. It pairs each undergraduate with a Penn faculty member in a research project. One purpose of the 15-year-old program is to immerse students in every aspect of health services and health policy-related research. Another is to encourage them to seriously consider post-graduate studies and ultimately, careers in the field.

This year's SUMR scholars come from Penn and 13 other schools across the country, including Yale, Brown, Princeton, Cornell and Emory.

In the photo above at the Minneapolis Convention Center are, (rear row, l to r) Rishab Kumar, University of Pennsylvania; Brandon McKenzie, Swarthmore College; Rathnam Venkat, Penn; SUMR Program Director Joanne Levy; Sharonya Vadakattu, Penn; Anuvrat Jha, Ohio State University; John Gehlbach, Penn; Jerome Watts, Haverford College; and Tobi Akindoju, Yale University. (Front row, l to r) Shanarra Turner, University of Michigan; Tammy Jiang, Brown University; Francisca Bermudez, Princeton University; SUMR Program Coordinator Safa Browne; Enrique Torres Hernandez, St. Mary's University; Omar Mansour, Macalester College; Mei-Lynn Hua, The University of Texas at Austin; Cristal Lopez, California State University; Kelly McClure, Cornell University; Yasmeen Wermers, Emory University; and Adjoa Mante, Princeton University.