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Student Spotlight – Bané Touré


Bané Touré

Lawrence University, film studies or government

GSEF Fellow, Cohort 1
Research Placement: University of Nebraska-Lincoln

"I never thought I'd come to enjoy the Midwest, but it's become a home to me. Going to school in Wisconsin had made me quite the cheese connoisseur."


How would you describe yourself in a few sentences?

I am rising senior at Lawrence University from New York City. I never thought I'd come to enjoy the Midwest, but it's become a home to me. Going to school in Wisconsin had made me quite the cheese connoisseur that I am now lactose intolerant.

What kind of research are you working on this summer? Who are you working with?

I am working in a Minority Health Initiative Group looking at rural drug injection use in Puerto Rico, exploring ways in which it has contributed to the HIV and Hepatitis C epidemic. I've archived ways in which a mixed methods approach to such research is necessary for a more holistic perspective on the matter.

What have you learned so far?

Lincoln isn't so bad. Midwestern cities are relatively the same. It doesn't really matter where you work, as long as it's productive and promotes personal and and professional growth.

What part(s) of this experience will benefit you most? How so?

I've learned how to be more autonomous both in thinking and in practice. My mentor encouraged it and so I practiced it in the work and research that I conducted.

What do you want your faculty mentor and/or university to remember about you?

This summer at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has provided me with the tools necessary for my practice in my future endeavors.

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