The Oakwood University IMARI program provides research training for students who are interested in developing professional careers as research scientists…

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Students get the opportunity to present their original research at national biomedical conferences as well as annual local research symposiums.

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The Oakwood University RISE IMARI program provides two opportunities for students to engage in paid research. These include Academic Research as well as Summer Research.

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Testimonies from IMARI Scholars

This summer, I was blessed with an amazing opportunity to conduct research. Not only was I learning more about my passion, but also I was doing so at the highly accredited University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, OH. I was very nervous before I went to do my research because I did not know what it would be like to spend 40 hours a week in a laboratory and to be quite honest, I feared that it would be boring and I would regret spending my summer doing this. God quickly cast my fears to the side and helped me remember why I should always trust that He will come through for me.


I know without a doubt that God strategically placed me at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill this summer. At first, I was nervous to work in a neurobiology lab because of my lack of experience in this area. However, the lab proved to be a perfect fit for me. Everyone was warm and welcoming and willing to help me learn all that I needed to learn about electroencephalography (EEG) so that I could be successful with my project. This summer, I gained lab skills, insight on what it would be like working as a clinician, which is my ultimate goal, and invaluable connections. I am beyond grateful.