Elizabeth City State University welcomed 10 students to the Summer Enrichment for
Rising Freshmen (SERF) Program. The program is designed to assist students pursuing
degrees and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
For five weeks, the 10 SERF students engage in activities that will prepare them for
the rigorous STEM curricula they will encounter as ECSU freshman year. Students who
fully participate in the SERF program until their sophomore year are encouraged to
apply for the ECSU-Support Program for Academic and Research Enhancement (E-SPARE),
a Minority Biomedical Research Support-Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement
Students who have been accepted at ECSU and matriculate in the fall semester following
their high school graduation are eligible for the SERF summer residential program.
During their first semester as freshmen, SERF Scholars are required to participate
in all planned activities, including all E-SPARE workshops, seminars and meetings.
Freshmen with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher and who are majoring in physics,
biology, chemistry, mathematics, psychology, sociology, engineering and technology
are eligible to continue as a SERF Mentee after their first semester as a full-time
This summer, SERF Scholars completed intense research training in the nematology lab
of Dr. Eyualem Abebe, associate professor of biology, and in the cell culture and
drug discovery lab of Dr. Ephraim Gwebu, professor and chair of the Department of
Chemistry, Geology and Physics, who directs the SERF program.