September 15, 2015 – Fort Valley State University summer science research students recently competed against one another for top bragging rights at the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation annual closing ceremony on July 23 in the Academic Classroom and Laboratory Building. During the competition, students gave oral presentations on their summer research projects. Topics that included on low-birthweight babies, the effects of medicinal remedies on slaughterhouse pathogens at FVSU’s Meat Technology Center, and the toxicological effects of organophosphate flame retardants.
“We have been here on campus for 10 years to help undergraduate students to get into research,” Dr. Dwayne Daniels, director of the Peach State LSAMP and chair of FVSU’s chemistry department, explained during a closing ceremony.
LSAMP is a National Science Foundation program whose mission is to increase the number and quality of students completing science, technology, engineering and mathematics baccalaureate degree programs. It is also aimed at sustaining long-term goals of students who earn doctorate degrees in science-related fields. FVSU’s campus is part of the Peach State LSAMP whose membership includes seven institutions, including University of Georgia, Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia Perimeter College, Kennesaw State University, Savannah State University and Southern Polytechnic University.
Individuals who participated in the summer program each receive a $3,000 stipend to complete their research. Students were paired with mentors who advised and guided them during the research process.
“We decide to pair them with a mentor to advise them and prepare them for graduate school,” he said.
The winners of the competition were:
• 1st place-Jasmine South
• 2nd place-Markeya Price
• 3rd Place-Mercedes Hightower
For details, contact Daniels at (478) 825-6840.