The Center for Poverty Research (CPR) at UC Davis in collaboration with Howard University, Morehouse College and Spelman College, hosts the UCD-SPREE program which introduces undergraduates from these Universities to poverty research in the social sciences and develop skills for graduate school.
UCD-SPREE participants travel to UC Davis during their first summer in the program, where they are paired with faculty and graduate student mentors and introduced to research at the CPR. Students participate in CPR activities and coordinating graduate school preparation components sponsored by the Office of Graduate Studies.
Akila Forde is a rising senior Economics Major with a Mathematics minor at Howard University from Queens, New York. Akila lived most of her life on the island of Barbados which exposed her to the economic disparities that exist among different people, inciting her passion for the subject. Akila is a member of the Omicron Delta Epsilon International Economics honor society and the Howard University Women’s Flag Football Team. Akila participated in the American Economic Association Summer Program 2016, which influenced her plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Economics.
Aquil Jones is a Junior economics major, mathematics minor from Bear, Delaware. At Morehouse college, Aquil is the vice president of the Economics Club. Growing up, Aquil played traveling soccer, basketball, and ran track. As a child, Aquil never hesitated to question something and often came up with more efficient ways to complete the tasks he was given. Aquil feels his inquisitive nature and his faith in his ability to create solutions, along with his math background sparked his interest in economics. After graduating from Morehouse college, Aquil plans to pursue a PH.
Brandon Manor is a sophomore psychology major from Prince George’s County, Maryland. Brandon is active on campus, serving on the Morehouse Student Government Association, the Vanguard Scholars Program, and as the Public Relations Chair for LYTEhouse (Lifting Youth Through Enrichment, an organization he co-founded.) Brandon aspires to become an Addiction Psychiatrist and open a multi-purpose center to focus on serving disadvantaged people who would otherwise not have access to a pertinent medical facility.
Briana Spivey is a sophomore psychology major with a sociology minor at Spelman College from Lithonia, Georgia. She graduated in the top 10% of her class with an honors distinction and International Baccalaureate diploma from Druid Hills High School. Briana is currently on the Dean’s list at Spelman and is a member of Alpha Lamda Delta, National Society for Collegiate Scholars, and So Psyched! Psychology Club. Coming from a military family, Briana learned at an early age that it’s her civic duty to give back.