The University Record, April 2, 2001

Life Sciences Institute: High school students create murals for construction site

Twenty-one Ypsilanti High School art students have created 35 panels as part of a mural that will adorn the fence surrounding the Life Sciences Institute construction site. The University invited art teacher Robin Evans to have her students design and produce the murals in time for the Life Sciences Institute kickoff celebration on April 11.

Royce Smith (left) paints a collage of mountains, water, a wolf and a DNA chain. Josť Mejia (below) works on his panel of sea creatures.

Ypsilanti High School students were asked to create the murals as part of an ongoing alliance between the University and Ypsilanti Public Schools. The two joined forces in fall 1998 for the HOPE program. The program’s goal is to increase the number of underrepresented minorities in health care fields. It pairs interested high school students with college-prep science mentors.

Photos by Bill Wood, U-M Photo Services