JSU grad earns Ph.D. from Princeton, to lecture at JSU Aug. 26

Posted by Jean Gordon Cook

JSU grad Angela Fortner McKoy earned a Ph.D. from Princeton University this summer.

(JACKSON, Miss.) –  Jackson State University alum Angela Fortner McKoy, who earned her Ph.D. from Princeton University this summer, will return to campus Friday, Aug. 26, to deliver lectures in the chemistry department and the Louis Stokes Mississippi Alliance for Minority Participation Bridge to the Doctorate Program.

McKoy graduated Summa Cum Laude from JSU in 2005 with a chemistry degree and a minor in piano performance. She went on to earn a master’s degree at JSU as a Bridge to the Doctorate fellow before heading to Princeton to work on her doctorate in chemistry.

Through the Bridge to the Doctorate Program at JSU, students receive funding for graduate studies along with mentoring, academic enrichment, research experiences, exposure to conferences and access to top scientists and engineers. The program also helps students secure funding for their chosen doctoral programs.

The newly minted Ph.D. credits Jackson State’s strong research component, its focus on mentoring and the university’s family environment for instilling in her the confidence and dedication to succeed at Princeton.

“The education I received at JSU is as good as any institution in the U.S.A.,” McKoy said.

While in the JSU chemistry department, McKoy worked with professor Paresh Ray in the area of nanotechnology and published three papers that made international news in England and the United States.

“Angela was a student who always desired more from her classes, which made her stand out among her peers and achieve what she has achieved so far,” said JSU chemistry department chair Hongtao Yu. “She also expected more from her professors.”

McKoy’s public lecture will be held at 3 p.m. Aug. 26 in room 209 of the J.A. Peoples building.

For more information, call Martha Tchounwou, director of student support services, JSU College of Science, Engineering and Technology, at 601-979-1604.

10 thoughts on “JSU grad earns Ph.D. from Princeton, to lecture at JSU Aug. 26

  1. Congratulations Dr McKoy! I graduated with you in 2005 as wel out of the Honors College of JSU and I am so happy to hear of your great accomplishments. Continue to be great and showcase how great an education from Jackson State University is.

  2. I am very proud of you! I know your foundation, as I work with your mother. I am excited about your accomplishments. I kow that you will do more GREAT things to help other.

    Keep up the excellent work.

    J.R. & Martha Jones

  3. Congratulations! On behalf of the JSU National Alumni Association and all the alumni and friends of Jackson State we wish you the very best in your new role as Dr. McKoy. As president of the Association, it is always good to see someone from the JSU family excel in their chosen field of study. Great job, JSU Chemistry Department.

    Terry L. Woodard, President
    JSU National Alumni Association, Inc.

  4. Dr. McKoy,
    I am a friend of your family. I have been following your accomplishments over the years and I am so proud of you! Your perseverance has paid off and those specific goals have been met. In all actuality, you are really just getting started. Keep moving forward and may God continue to bless you in your endeavors.

    Alice M. Smith

  5. Dr. McKoy,
    You have done a remarkable job in your journey to becoming a Doctor of Chemistry. Keep up the great work, and thank you for sharing your time and knowledge to help others.

    Marilynn Rice Jackson, Education Major

    I am so very proud of your accomplishments. I love to read about JSU graduates taking it to the next level. I graduated in 1982 from JSU with a B.S. in accounting and my daughter graduated with a B..S. in computer sciene in 2009 ( UTCHAT) and is working on her PHD in computer sciene Univ of Memphis (starts her 3rd yr this fall and is 24 years old. My son is Senior at JSU now. Keep coming back to JSU every chance you get to inspire others.

  7. Congratulations to Dr. McKoy and thanks for coming back to lecture. I applaud Dr. McKoy, but I also give accolades to the faculty and staff that provided mentoring and direction during her matriculation at JSU.

  8. Congratulations to Dr. Angela Fortner, she was one of the brightest Bridge to the Doctorate Students in the four cohorts that I directed during my tenure as Director/PI of the LS Bridge to the Doctorate program. We in the Chemistry department are so proud of Angela, she is representative of the products that come out of the excellent environment in the JSU Chemistry Department. My congratulations also go to Dr. Parish Ray, who directed her research at JSU and is one of our stellar researchers.

    James Perkins, Professor, JSU Department of Chemistry

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