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UD's Booksh, Rozovsky mentor undergraduate researchers with disabilities

​UD professors Sharon Rozovsky (far left) and Karl Booksh (far right) have led a research team for students with disabilities for several years. Among the team members this summer were (in lab coats, left to right): Brian Clark (Virginia State), John Latkowsky (Cabrini), Emma Kamen (Marymount Manhattan) and Charlotte Champigny (Adelphi).

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Article by Beth Miller Photo by Kathy F. Atkinson September 19, 2017

UD's Booksh, Rozovsky mentor undergraduate researchers with disabilities

Science? Research? With a learning disability?

Definitely, Emma Kamen would say. Make that "definitely!" - with an exclamation point.

When she found out about the research team University of Delaware professors Karl Booksh and Sharon Rozovsky (chemistry and biochemistry) were leading for students with disabilities, she applied. A National Science Foundation grant supports the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) team.

"I wanted to come here to take this on," she said. "I have struggled with a learning disability, so I have a hard time learning - especially in science. They don't make audio books for textbooks as they do in other areas."

The Marymount Manhattan College student and half a dozen other students from around the country were part of the Booksh-Rozovsky REU team, one of four REU teams at UD this summer. The others included a marine science team at the Lewes campus, a biomolecular engineering team and a mechanical engineering team.

Nationwide, the competitive, 10-week REU program gives more than 1,000 undergrads an opportunity to do research at an institution outside of their home school, giving them access to experts and research opportunities they would not otherwise have.

The complete article by Beth Miller can be found on UDaily at http://www.udel.edu/udaily/2017/september/research-disabilities-undergrads/

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