Approximately 80 SRAP students and families from around the country returned to Laramie in early May to reminisce about their summer experiences. Held at the Hilton Garden Inn Conference Center, students were welcomed back by the woman who started it all back in 1985, Dr. Dolores Cardona, UW Associate Dean of Students. Dr. Cardona gave everyone a quick history of the Minority High Summer Research Apprenticeship Program which eventually evolved into the Summer Research Apprentice Program or SRAP as we all fondly refer to it now.
Students shared their stories and experiences with each other while attending breakout sessions with topics including what to expect when you major in one of the STEM fields, ideas on how to pick a major or college, finding fellowships and undergraduate research opportunities, and tips on how to balance academics, work, and still have a social life.
From the Hilton, the whole crew took a trip via Transpark bus over to the main UW campus. Lunch was provided along with a lecture from Dr. Randy Lewis, a mentor for many SRAP students over the years. After lunch it was a tour around campus which included the new Honors House where SRAP students live during the summer, the new Berry Biodiversity Conservation Center, the Three-Phase Flow in Porous Media and Computed Tomography Encana Research Lab, and Dr. Mark Gomelsky's lab, another mentor for several SRAPers.
One more trip on the bus and everyone was back at the Hilton for the riveting key note provided by Roy Juarez, Jr. who is currently on his Homeless by Choice tour. The day was finished up with a banquet and a grand finale keynote by Esther Uduehi, a former SRAP student who recently was named a Rhodes Scholar. Free books, T-shirts, special SRAP mints, and a banquet dinner topped off the evening!
Pictures from the Reunion