Photo gallery: One Day Closer returns!

March 31, 2022  //  FOUND IN: News

For the past two years, the pandemic made it necessary to postpone the annual One Day Closer event held by the Rogel Cancer Center. But with restrictions easing this year, One Day Closer returned for a very successful virtual and in-person event on Saturday, March 19.

Sarah Hawley, Ph.D., M.P.H., associate director for the Training, Education, and Career Development (TrEC) program at the Rogel Cancer Center said, “Our team was thrilled to be able to offer the One Day Closer Program this year to engage students in our community to learn more about the Rogel Cancer Center, and about possible careers in science and medicine.”

The goal of One Day Closer is to involve the Rogel Cancer Center community in helping inspire area high school students to become future scientists and develop an interest in cancer research, care and prevention. Sixty high school students joined the event’s on-site and virtual programs that included a career panel discussion as well as hands-on activities.

Students in person participated in lab tours organized by Noah Puleo, a Ph.D., student in the Molecular and Cellular Pathology program, saw a head and neck oncology demonstration lead by Joshua Smith, M.D., and took a zebrafish lab tour led by Kelsey Temprine, Ph.D.

In addition to the career panel discussion, virtual students were shipped science kits prior to the program so they could also have a hands-on experience with the zebrafish lab. Temprine had designed a similar virtual lab experience in 2021 for the Developing Future Biologists and used it as a basis for this year’s event.

A post-event survey of student attendees indicated that an overwhelming majority were more interested in a career in research and/or medicine after attending One Day Closer.

Rachael Privett, administrative specialist for the TrEC program said, “One Day Closer was truly a team effort. It was remarkable to work with our event volunteers as they came together to create and execute this inspiring event for high school students. This event helped build partnerships with high schools in Washtenaw and Wayne County, and we look forward to seeing this program grow in the future.”

If you are interested in helping with next year’s event, please reach out the TrEC team at You can also find more information about the event at