SURGE Scholars 2022


  • Maya Calloway RichardsonEd.D. student in educational leadership & policy studies

    I love the world of academia. I truly believe higher education is one of the most crucial factors in helping someone change their circumstances and increase their social mobility.

  • Abigail FielderPh.D. student in cancer biology

    I want to contribute to the improvement of oncology therapeutics and make an impact in the medical field, particularly in underrepresented areas.

  • Joy GopeMaster's student in information systems management

    I come from an underrepresented and underserved background—I want to be the mentor I needed when I was starting college.

  • Richa JenkinsMaster's student in supply chain management

    The flexibility Wayne State affords its students inspired me to pursue an MBA at the Mike Ilitch School of Business.

  • Gibson KiruiPh.D. candidate in chemistry

    I have realized the importance of having a career mentor, someone who can help me view the world from a different angle. 

  • Asifa NaseerMaster's student in genetic counseling

    The faculty at Wayne State made me feel like they genuinely cared about issues related to minorities. I always felt comfortable talking about my experiences and felt like I would fit in here.

  • Rayshawnda TempleMaster's student in public health

    College can be very stressful at times and I have personally found value in reaching out to others for advice. I hope to motivate my mentee to reach their goals. 


  • Ihfaz IslamElectrical and computer engineering

    I dream to one day be a hardware engineer at a top tech company, helping to develop the latest technology and gadgets that enhance human life.

  • Rujula LnuFinance, information systems management

    I chose both my majors to gain an understanding of how economics, financial services and information science are all essential parts of business.

  • Darius Love Jr. Psychology

    I chose to major in psychology, because I want to help people in the mental health field. 

  • Sabrina Simpson MartinSpecial education

    I chose special education as my major because I believe some students need to be taught based on their individual needs.

  • Abriana WhiteElementary education

    I chose to major in elementary education, because I want to be a part of making a kid's day better.