STEM students to showcase work at National Research Symposium at JSU – Oct. 3

Posted by Jean Gordon Cook

(JACKSON, Miss). – Students studying in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines will showcase their work Oct. 3 during the Louis Stokes Mississippi Alliance for Minority Participation National Research Symposium at the Mississippi e-Center @JSU. Based at Jackson State University, the alliance includes Jackson State, the University of Mississippi, the University of Southern Mississippi, Mississippi State University, Alcorn State University, Mississippi Valley State University, Tougaloo College and Hinds Community College.

Baraka Williams is a environmental science Ph.D. student at JSU

During the event, undergraduate and graduate students will give oral and poster presentations, and speakers from around the country will discuss the importance of higher education and the skills required to lead to the increase in the number of under-represented minority STEM Ph.D.s. Attendees will have the opportunity to interact with discussion panels composed of minority STEM Ph.D. students. The panelists will discuss their experiences, challenges and high achievement in graduate school.

Dr. Novella N. Bridges

Dr. Novella N. Bridges, who earned a B.S. in chemistry from Jackson State University and is currently a project manager in the Operational Planning and Logistical Group at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, will be one of the symposium’s guest speakers. Bridges is the training manager for the Radiation Portal Monitoring Project. In this capacity she has developed, prepared and reviewed training documents. Students will benefit from her experiences and perspective because she is one of the few minority females with her expertise. Specifically, Bridges has worked on projects involving the reduction of diesel emissions in vehicles, locomotives and light-weight trucks, the production of hydrogen for fuel cells and other advanced energy systems, and the development of radio-labeled composites as therapeutic agents for cancer treatments.

Dr. Joe Whitehead, dean of the College of Science and Technology from the University of Southern Mississippi, will serve as the LSMAMP Symposium kenote speaker. Other speakers include Dr. Robert McGehee from the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences and 1992 JSU chemistry alumnus, and Dr. Kemal Catalan from Procter & Gamble.

For more information, call Martha Tchounwou at 601-979-1604.


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