Posted by Jean Gordon Cook
(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.