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Our Mission

The SPIRE Fellows Program is an academic support system centering on inclusivity, retention, and support for students who are underrepresented in STEM disciplines. Our goal is to attract and mentor students from diverse backgrounds who otherwise have historically been marginalized in scientific communities. Through targeted programming, tutoring and mentoring, and a robust living learning community, we strive to create a sense of belonging and success for all our fellows.

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Highlighted Fellows

Greensboro, NC

Academic Interests Chemistry, Economics, and Spanish Fun Fact My first job was a ballerina! I have been fascinated with chemistry since I took it as a part of my freshman year engineering program. Through that requirement my trajectory has changed drastically. I have spent the last three years… read more »about Anna Davis

Killeen, TX

Academic Interests Global Health, Biology (specifically cellular and molecular biology), documentary studies, ethics, and public policy. Fun Fact I lived in Germany for three years. ​​​​​​​My interests start with my love for sci-fi and fantasy books, but now I am starting to read thrillers. Now… read more »about Jakaiyah Franklin

Inverness, IL

Academic Interests Potential major in neuroscience, minor in Spanish Fun Fact My arms are double jointed! As a child, I was infinitely curious. I had a particular affinity for eavesdropping, and this did not stop at my family members. Not understanding the moral and legal issues (and I do hope… read more »about Kassie Hamilton


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