The University of Michigan's

Graduate Society of Black Engineers and Scientists

Recruitment

Recruitment

GSBES has presence at student orientations, visit weekends, and many social events to be attract prospective students to UM.

Outreach

Outreach

We have hosted K-12 initiatives such as STEMulation and Graduate School panels and Late Nights with NSBE. In addition to participating in Girls Who Code.

Advocacy

Advocacy

We celebrate Black American achievement and fight for the rights of underrepresented minorities. Through co-hosting a Juneteenth event or partnering with other student orgs on legal and social issues.

Retention

Retention

GSBES provides opportunities to ensure graduate students remain and complete their programs. Whether that be through professional headshots, financial planning, or workshops on communicating research.

Student Organization

We strive to meet real student needs and community demands, all whilst tackling issues centered on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).

GSBES's mission is to recruit and retain Black graduate students within engineering and science disciplines through outreach and advocacy.

Formerly known as The Society of Minority Engineers and Scientists - Graduate Component (SMES-G), we serve 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 though 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.

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Team

Meet Our 2021-2022 Executive Board

President

Demba

Demba Komma is a PhD Candidate in the ECE department. He received his B.S degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Mississippi in 2016, and worked as a Research Engineer at Ford Motor Company prior to joining Michigan. In his free time he enjoys watching sitcoms, general outdoor activities, and respectful political/philosophical conversations.
Communications Chair

Eric

Eric Cheek, born in Michigan with his two siblings, is a 2nd year PhD Student in the College of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He enjoys spending time conducting research, serving his community, and spending time with friends and family. Alongside serving on GSBES as communications chair, he is also a volunteer tutor at the Center for Success in Detroit.
Vice President

Maribel

Maribel is a dual degree doctoral student in chemistry and a master student in bioinformatics, in addition to being a Student and NSF GRFP Fellow. She received her B.S. in Biochemistry from the Catholic University of America. Her current research focuses on secondary metabolites as quorum sensors in oral microbe interactions. Outside the lab, Maribel serves on the executive boards of Rackham Student Government and Students of Color of Rackham.
Faculty Advisor

Dr. Herbert Winful, PhD

Herbert Winful is an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He earned a BS degree in electrical engineering from MIT and a PhD from the University of Southern California. He joined the University of Michigan as faculty in 1987 and has served as the advisor for SMES-G, now GSBES, since 2000. Dr. Winful also loves to play piano in his spare time.
Treasurer

Nathan

Nathan Louis is a 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 focuses on video and visual object tracking in videos. In his spare time, he enjoys weightlifting, watching Anime, running, and spending time outdoors with friends.
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