Students in the UI’s Summer Research Opportunities Program(SROP)/McNair Scholars Program banded together to help a fellow student.
Sixteen SROP/McNair students and three staff members from the UI Graduate College’s Office of Graduate Ethnic Inclusion spent most of July 17, 2009 constructing a home in Iowa City for UI senior Omer Elgaali and his family. The family applied for the home through Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity.
Elgaali is one of three UI participants in the research and scholars program, focusing his studies on mechanical engineering. The other participants come from numerous institutions, including some as far away as Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
Tarrell Portman, Diana Bryant, and Joe Henry—the three staff members who volunteered—used vacation time to work on the project. Working alongside the students, who were also busy preparing for a national conference July 24-26, was a rewarding experience.
Click on the slideshow below to hear UI staff members’ comments, see the students working on the project, and listen to their reflections on giving back to the community by helping a fellow student.