Award-winning recognition granted to FVSU faculty, students

April 18, 2013 – Long hours of intense lab work and research paid off for faculty members and students at Fort Valley State University.

During the 17th Biennial Research Symposium in Jacksonville, Fla., more than 900 students and faculty presented oral and poster papers from April 7-10. Faculty members and students represented 1890 land-grant universities across the southern U.S.

Two FVSU faculty members and four students received awards for their research and presentations in the areas of agriculture and food science at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront.

Dr. Erika Styles, FVSU assistant professor of agriculture economics, received the B. D. Mayberry Young Scientist Award during the Morrison-Evans & B.D. Mayberry Award Banquet. The award is the highest accolade given by the Association of Research Directors to an 1890 young scientist who is at the beginning stages of his or her career. The award carries a cash sum of $500.

“I am elated,” Styles said in acceptance of the award. “I feel truly blessed. All the hard work I’ve put in over the years has paid off.” Styles received the award for her grantsmanship efforts and research on consumer behavior in response to traditional and non-traditional goods.

Dr. Thomas Terrill, FVSU assistant professor of animal science, also received an award for work with a multi-state project involving sheep and goat production and marketing.

In addition, students in the college of agriculture received awards for their poster and oral presentations.

“Every two years, the ARD symposium provides our scientists an opportunity to share their research findings with our 1890 colleagues,” said Dr. Govind Kannan, dean ofFVSU’s College of Agriculture, Family Sciences and Technology.

“Undergraduate and graduate students gain valuable experiences attending a professional conference and presenting papers on their projects. As always, our researchers and students have made us proud by winning awards this time as well,”Kannan said.

Dr. Thomas Terrill, FVSU assistant professor of animal science, (right) receives award for his contribution to a multi-state project at the 17th Biennial Research Symposium in Jacksonville, Fla.

(L-R) Ashley Norris, Millicent Cosby and Cynthia Allen. Michael Melvin was not available for photo.

  • Ashley Norris, senior plant science biotechnology major, received second place award for an oral presentation.
  • Millicent Cosby, sophomore agriculture economics major, received third place award for an oral presentation.
  • Cynthia Allen, senior agriculture economics major, received second place for an oral presentation.
  • Michael Melvin, sophomore plant science and biotechnology major, received a second place for an oral presentation.

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