Derrick was involved in a project
examining various methods used to implement Wellness Centers at
local and regional health clinics as a precursor to developing
and implementing a wellness center at UM-Flint.
How did you get involved in research?
I got an email about research opportunities on campus, and I followed up with
the Research office.
How has participating in research impacted your education?
It was interesting applying my math background to a field not entirely related
to math specifically. I was able to see how intersections in various studies and
disciplines are made.
What has been the most satisfying aspect of your research experience?
My experience with research has given me the chance to actively participate in
creating a project that helps people.
What are your future plans? How has participating in research helped you in
preparing for those future plans?
I'm up in the air about what I want to do as a career. But I do know that
whatever it is, I want to make an impact on the community and the surrounding
areas. Seeing how my work has directly impacted other people's lives has
inspired me to do as much as I can. It won't be easy. But participating in
research was a great first step.
What advice would you give to students interested in being involved in
Get involved. Doing research - while difficult and
frustrating at times - definitely pays off in the long run. Not only does it
look good on a resume, but it gives you real life applications where other
things may not.