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May 21 / Zach Kilgore

RISEUP 2015 has begun!

RISEUP 2015 interns from left to right: Andrea Pugh, Nathan Christie, Brett Zeuner, and Jaime Gonzalez.

RISEUP 2015 interns from left to right: Andrea Pugh, Nathan Christie, Brett Zeuner, and Jaime Gonzalez.

Yesterday, RISEUP 2015 was kicked off with orientation. This year’s interns met, underwent training, and heard talks from Dr. Fred PearsonĀ and Dr. Jeffrey Ram.

In addition to learning about Wayne State University campus resources and Detroit cultural opportunities, the interns began their online training in research ethics using the CITI Program.

Dr. Pearson, the director of the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies, spoke about environmental conflicts, which are disagreements on environmental issues caused by stakeholders’ opposing interests, and how they relate to the students’ focus projects. The interns were also told of the academic opportunities offered by the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies, including an undergraduate co-major or minor and a graduate certificate in peace and security studies.

As director of RISEUP, Dr. Ram lectured on the process of writing a research proposal, including all of its components as well as some helpful tips. He finished the orientation off with a driving tour of Midtown, Detroit and the Wayne State University campus.