Posted by Jean Gordon Cook
The Jackson State University College of Science, Engineering and Technology (CSET) Louis Stokes Mississippi Alliance for Minority Participation (LSMAMP) Bridge to the Doctorate students are putting Global Education through Analytical Reasoning (GEAR) into Action. They are representing Jackson State University around the globe and competing nationally and internationally with research presentations at other well known institutions including the University of Cambridge in England, NASA, the National Institutes of Health, the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB), the Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM), Oak Ridge National Laboratory and more. These students traveled to India and Poland for three weeks to conduct research in specialized areas of science and technology at the PESIT Indian Institute of Technology and at the Laboratory of Environmental Chemometrics at the University of Gdansk Poland before heading out to their second internships.
Biology major Ravin Byrd presented a paper at the 11th International Symposium on Metal Ions in Biology and Medicine, held June 19-24 at Cambridge University in England. His research, titled Ascorbic Acid and Arsenic Trioxide Show in Vitro Promise as a Treatment Option for Drug Resistant Lymphoma, was well received by global research scientists at the conference. Byrd is currently at Indiana University Bloomington working with Dr. Travis Jerde and studying the Proliferation of Progenitor Cells in the Inflamed Prostate. Byrd spent the first part of the summer in India.
Takia Wheat from the Chemistry Department is currently at the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB), through a collaboration between Jackson State University and UCSB. She is working on Photoluminescence and Crystal Structure of Oxynitride Phosphors. Wheat also went to Poland in the first part of the summer to the Laboratory of Environmental Chemometrics at the University of Gdansk.
Jameka Grigsby from the Biology Department is in Indianapolis, Ind., on the campus of Indiana University School of Medicine, under the mentorship of Dr. Yuichiro Takagi. Her research involves understanding the mechanism of gene expression to determine the structure of the functional domain of Mediator complex in transcription regulation. She also spent part of her summer in India.
Antrice Walker from the Biology Department is completing her summer internship at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC). Under the guidance of her mentors at UMMC, Walker is conducting research to determine if correlations exist between the genotype, epidemiology, and phenotypic manifestations of Trichomonas vaginalis (T vaginalis).
Lionel Lovett from the Department of Computer Engineering is currently at Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA, for the summer studying fiber optics circuit card assembly, which aims to develop fast and robust fiber optics (FO) communications circuit card assembly (CCA) that will interface between CCAs producing electrical differential signals and FO CCAs. Lovett also went to Poland at the University of Gdansk the first part of the summer.
Chemistry student Marquita Watkins is conducting research this summer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tenn., where she is working under Dr. Bobby Sumpter and Miguel Fuentes-Cabrera on The Stability of Sugar-Cyanamide Complexes in Relation to Prebiotic Chemistry. She went to Poland at the University of Gdansk in the first part of summer.
Turquoise Alexander, a CSET LSMAMP Bridge to the Doctorate Biology student who is currently at the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) through a collaboration between Jackson State University and UCSB. She is studying bacterial chemotaxis, which is a process where bacteria can direct their movements according to the chemical changes in their environment. She also went to India for a potion of her summer internship.
Biology graduate student Haleigh Eubanks is currently at the National Institution of Health at the National Cancer Institute in Frederick, Md., in the Cancer Inflammation Program. She is working on Tumor Immunity and Tolerance Section under the mentorship of Dr. Andy Hurwitz and Dr. Stephanie Watkins.
Sakeli Hall, also a student in the Department of Biology, is completing her internship at Indiana University in Bloomington working under the guidance of Dr. Claire Walczak. Her research is focused on the mechanism of spindle assembly in the absence of chromatin. She is at Bloomington under the collaboration between JSU and Indiana University and also traveled to India for part of her summer internship.
Chemistry student Marcy Pilate is currently at the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences in the College of Medicine at the Children’s Hospital. She is interning at the University of Arkansas through a collaboration between Jackson State and the University of Arkansas. She also went to Poland for her summer internship at the Laboratory of Environmental Chemometrics at the University of Gdansk.