Kimele Gray, a Ronald E. McNair Scholar and a rising senior, is a Psychology major at Delaware State University. At Delaware State, Kimele participates and holds leadership positions in various organizations such as Pi Gamma Mu Honors Society, Alpha Chi Honors Society, Delaware State University’s Honors Program, and the National Society for Collegiate Scholars. Kimele is also President of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Youth and College Division at her University and serves as the Vice President of Students Against a Godless Society (S.A.G.S.). Upon graduating, she will be a part of the first generation of college graduates from a 4-year institution in her family. Kimele plans to pursue a career as a Developmental Neuropsychologist and earn her PhD from a university in her home state, Princeton University or Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.
Upon following the advice of her advisor, Kimele applied to the Project L/EARN program to gain research experience and contribute to her academic productivity. The most challenging aspect of the program included balancing multiple tasks simultaneously. Although Kimele believes that the program is intense and very difficult, she also believes that perseverance through the program has made her a better student and a better researcher. She credits her perseverance to her family, who has remained supportive of all of her academic endeavors. Kimele has learned that you must be passionate about your research in order to remain diligent throughout the summer.
Kimele worked with Dr. Antoinette Farmer. Kimele considers Dr. Farmer to be sincerely invested in her well-being and a crucial element to her success this summer. Her final project analyzed the effects of paternal stress on a child’s cognitive development. From this experience, Kimele believes that the research training and networking opportunities that Project L/EARN has offered is both unique and unparalleled. Kimele believes that academic success is not only a challenge, but it is a commitment and she is always committed to a challenge.