The Graduate Society of Black Engineers and Scientists (GSBES), formerly known as The Society of Minority Engineers and Scientists – Graduate Component (SMES-G),
serves as an academic and social network for Black graduate students within the University of Michigan's STEM community. GSBES's primary aim is to recruit and retain Black graduate students within engineering and science disciplines through outreach and advocacy.
We strive to meet real student needs and community demands, all whilst tackling issues centered on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). We provide a welcoming environment that is committed to personal, professional, and technical development while addressing critical graduate student issues. Through our programming, we help ensure that underrepresented students develop skills that contribute to scientific research and the University's learning environment, while positively impacting our communities.
GSBES's mission is to recruit and retain Black graduate students within engineering and science disciplines through outreach and advocacy.
Sierra is a 3rd year PhD student in Molecular & Integrative Physiology. She received her B.S. in Chemistry from Winston Salem State University. Her current research interest is understanding the underlying mechanisms involved in Type 2 Diabetes and the effect of race/ethnicity on them. Outside of the lab, Sierra does graphic design and makes wigs. She was also 2018-2019 SMES-G/GSBES President.
Bola is a PhD student in the Applied Physics program. His current my research explores the effect of neuronal network topologies on key processes in the brain via computational techniques. Additionally, he's interested in exploring ways to increase the involvement of minorities and other underrepresented groups in the stem fields, most notably physics and computer science. Recently Bola developed an interest in mobile app development.
Natalie White obtained her B.S. in Chemistry from Jackson State University. She is currently a 2nd year PhD student in Chemistry and studies transcription factors. Outside of the lab, Natalie enjoys singing, traveling, cooking, and going to church.
Maribel OkiyeMarketing & Communications Chair
Maribel graduated from the Catholic University of America with a B.S. in Biochemistry and a minor in Hispanic Studies along with a Certificate for Spanish for Health Care. She is currently a 2nd Year Ph.D. student in the University of Michigan’s Department of Chemistry and a member of Delta Sigma Theta, Sorority, Inc. Her research combines her love of chemistry and health science. Maribel hopes to discover compounds for future therapeutics from natural sources.
Tasmine ClementPrograms Chair
Tasmine is a 2nd year Master's student in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. She received her B.S. in Biological Sciences with a minor in Latino Studies from the University of Notre Dame. Tasmine is currently in the Wittkopp Lab, where she studies tools for the detection of microRNA-target interactions and gene expression.
Yves Nazon IIPrograms Co-Chair
Yves Nazon II received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and MS in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern University. Yves has been named an NSF Graduate Research Fellow and a GEM University Fellow. He is currently pursuing his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan and is interested in the control of exoskeletons. In his free time he enjoys playing and watching sports, dancing, & exploring nightlife.
Nathan LouisGSAC Representative
Nathan Louis is a 2nd year PhD student in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science. He received his B.S in Electrical Engineering at Kennesaw State University in 2017. His current research area is Computer Vision with interests in visual tracking, language grounding, and general video understanding.
Michole WashingtonSTEMulation Chair
Michole is a dual-degree doctoral student in mathematics education and masters student in applied mathematics. She earned her B.S. in Applied Mathematics from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Before moving to Ann Arbor from Atlanta, she founded, Afrithmetic, a mathematics educational company, that specialized in tutorial services and workshops. Her current research interest is related to Black student’s identity in secondary and post-secondary calculus.