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ReBUILDetroit Program

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Your success isn’t just about where you go to college; it’s about the entire educational experience you have during your time there.

University of Detroit Mercy is proud to be part of ReBUILDetroit, the first program of its kind, which offers intensive training for students interested in pursuing academic, research or industry careers in biomedical, behavioral, clinical or social sciences. From your freshman year on, ReBUILDetroit Scholars experience the excitement of scientific discovery through direct participation in research while preparing for graduate school onto career paths in exciting and in-demand biomedical disciplines.

Those accepted into the program will:

  • Engage in paid faculty-mentored research experiences throughout the year.
  • Be guided by extensive/intensive mentoring at all levels.
  • Engage in exceptional preparation and a smooth transition from undergraduate to graduate school.
  • Participate in a supportive learning community at their home campus and in the company of all ReBUILDetroit Scholars.
  • Connect and network with academic and industry leaders throughout the program.

What are the eligibility requirements?

  • Be selected through a competitive review process.
  • Major in biomedical, behavioral, psychological or social sciences.
  • Be an incoming freshmen or transfer student enrolled at Detroit Mercy.
  • Have a high school GPA of at least 3.0, or transfer student with GPA of at least 3.0.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or have permanent residence status.
  • Have a strong desire to pursue graduate-level studies, especially at the doctoral level.
  • Have a strong desire to learn about conducting formal research and engaging in real-world projects.
  • Participate in the Summer Enrichment Program.


Mentoring plays a significant role in ReBUILDetroit, giving participants a built-in support network. Faculty mentoring cultivates ReBUILDetroit Scholars’ academic interests, networks and career development, while peer mentoring provides social/emotional support for transitioning to university. Progress toward graduation is tracked through proactive academic advising and career coaching tracks, research and graduate work.

To best meet the needs of ReBUILDetroit Scholars, the ReBUILDetroit consortium shares, designs and improves evidence-based practices that foster student engagement and maximize student success.

Academic programming

For potential ReBUILDetroit Scholars, the program begins the summer before university begins, and continues throughout their undergraduate careers. The program’s focus on research methodology and practice readies students for the challenges of graduate school.

Summer 1 (pre-university): Summer Enrichment ReBUILDetroit Scholars Program.

Year 1: Research methodology courses with authentic laboratory research experiences.

Summer 2: Intensive, funded, faculty-mentored laboratory research.

Year 2 through graduation: Funded research (continued); learning communities; publishing, presenting and professional development.

Summer Enrichment Program at Detroit Mercy

Students who meet the requirements of the ReBUILDetroit Program will be invited to participate in the Summer ReBUILDetroit Scholars Program, a multi-week day program at Detroit Mercy’s McNichols Campus.

At the program’s closing ceremony, participants will receive a stipend to go toward educational expenses.

How to apply?

  • If you have not applied to University of Detroit Mercy, you’ll need to submit an application for admission and be regularly accepted to an eligible program.
  • Once accepted for admission to the University, eligible students can apply to the ReBUILDetroit Program.
  • The ReBUILDetroit Program application process an additional application, an essay of at least 250 words, and an admission interview during the winter months.

Applicants are required to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

For more information or to apply to Detroit Mercy’s ReBUILDetroit Program, contact the Detroit Mercy Office of Admissions at 800-635-5020 or email

About the consortium

ReBUILDetroit is a partnership among University of Detroit Mercy, Marygrove College and Wayne State University, supported by a $21.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. The consortium is committed to encouraging more undergraduate students from underrepresented or economically disadvantaged backgrounds to pursue careers in biomedical research.

To learn more about the consortium, visit

Attention teachers and counselors:

Do you know a student who might be interested and benefit from this program?

We encourage you to nominate students for the ReBUILDetroit scholars program.

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