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TRIO hosts Summer Research Fair


Grand Rapids Community College’s TRIO program will host its first Summer Research Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wed., Jan. 24 in room 336 of the Student Center building.

The Summer Research Fair will be an opportunity for students to learn about the different research programs offered by numerous educational programs at different area universities during the summer.

Anna Maria Clark, TRIO’s Program Advisor, said the program is designed to help students “consider summer research to discover new ways of learning and to create a connection to their areas of studies.”

Students are welcome to walk around the room to learn about the different summer programs and the opportunities that are available as well as talk with the ambassadors from each program.  

Wednesday’s Summer Research Fair will feature GRCC and summer research alumnus, Julia Barron, a psychology major, who transferred to the University of Michigan after participating in their summer research program.

“Summer research is one of those things that has truly proven to be very successful,” Clark said. “(It has been) a very effective way for students to build confidence and be better prepared and be more successful.”

According to Clark over 94 percent of students who have participated in the summer research program have transferred to other schools, are graduating or have finished their degrees.  

GRCC’s TRIO program is available to help students interested in participating in the summer research programs by assisting with the application process, the essay portion and helping GRCC students stand out.

TRIO is a set of federally-funded programs (originally three, now eight) that serve first-generation and low-income students as well as students with disabilities. Their goal is to assist students throughout their educational careers from middle school through post-baccalaureate programs.

“The goal is to move students through the academic pipeline so they are successful in their educational journey,” Clark said.

GRCC’s TRIO program currently serves 475 students, and is celebrating its 40th year. The TRIO office is located on the third floor of the Student Center building. For more information check out the Student Support page on GRCC’s website.