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Student Success

Front row (L-R) is Dr. Mueller, Dr. Anike, Janelle Robinson, Kamaria Bush, and Evan Pardue. Back row (L-R) is Dr. Isikhuemhen, Dr. Thomas, Dr. Harrison, Natasha McMasters, Adiya Moore, and Cameron Hopkins-Harrington

N. C. A&T undergraduates conducted research at University of California, Irvine during their summer break. Kamaria Bush is a rising junior biology student at N.C. A&T. At UCI, she conducted research in the department of ecology and evolutionary biology under the lab of Dr. Cascade Sorte, studying the efforts of climate change on intertidal organisms. Evans Pardue is a junior biology major, minoring in philosophy and physics.  At UCI, he conducted research with Dr. Laurence Muller at the Ayala School of Biological Sciences, and his research focused on the analysis of the Smurf phenotype as a potential harbinger of death among Drosophila cohorts. Natasha McMasters is a senior biological engineering student with a concentration in bioprocess engineering. She worked with Dr. Manny Azizi and Jordan Balaban at UCI on a research project that examines the Temperature Efforts on Muscle Biology and Locomotion in Fence Lizards. Adiya Moore is a junior biology student. She worked with Dr. Adriana Briscoe under the mentorship of Aide Macias-Munoz on gene duplication and expression, and cis-regulation within Heliconius Melpomene butterflies. Cameron Hopkins-Harrington is a second-year biology master’s student worked with Dr. Adam Synechococcus in the Indian Ocean.

The Leadership Alliance, is a national consortium of more than 30 leading research and teaching colleges, universities, and private industry with a goal to train, mentor, and to inspire a diverse group of students from a wide range of cultural and academic backgrounds into competitive graduate training programs and professional research-based careers. This past summer four N.C A&T students participated in research experiences at various universities through The Leadership Alliance. Mary Omotoso, junior, bioengineering major, conducted research at Stanford University in the Material Science Department with Dr. Sarah Heilshorn as her faculty mentor. Her research involved upscaling the production of intestinal organoids for drug testing. Mary worked on developing sacrificial scaffolds which included making CAD drawings, 3-D printing, and preparing the printing components. Asha McElroy, sophomore, nutrition major, conducted research at Howard University in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics. Her research involved neurological tracing and the effects on the brain.  Joshua McDuffie, sophomore, civil engineering major, conducted research at Brown University under the mentorship of Dr. Karen Fischer who studies the structure and dynamics of Earth’s interior. Oluwatomi Ladipo, junior, bioengineering major, conducted research at New York University.

Through the Office of Undergraduate Research, seven undergraduate students were selected to complete an internship at NASA Kennedy Space Center in Titusville, Florida this past summer. The students represented the College of Engineering and the College of Business and Economics. Undergraduate students Javier Brown, Avery Harris, Gabriel Jenkins, Destiny McElroy, Jonathan Perry, Chanise Taylor, and John Wilson, held various positions in: Information and Configuration Management, Meeting and Board Support, Operations and Test Management (OTM), Program Logistics Engineering, Systems Engineering & Integration, Program Logistics Engineering, Project Management, Software Engineering and Project Management, Systems Engineering & Integration.

 Undergraduate students represented N.C. A&T in the NRL HBCU/MSI Undergraduate Internship Program. This program is a highly-selective, premier program, that attracts the best and brightest students from across the nation. Only 34 students were selected and five students hailed from N.C. A&T. The student interns were Sakilae White, sophomore, chemistry student from Phoenix, Arizona; Rayonna Gordon, senior, bioengineering student from Richmond, VA; Kwame Simmons, senior, mechanical engineering student from Christiansted, St. Croix U.S. Virgin Islands, Jasmine Flowers, sophomore, chemistry student from Raleigh, NC and Isata Barrie senior, chemical engineering student from Lanham, Maryland.

RTI International internship places premium on creating opportunities for hands-on experience and engaged learning. Kierra Jenkins conducted research with the School Services team within the Education and Workforce Development unit at RTI International. During the summer, she researched trends, wrote literature reviews, conducted interviews, supported peer networking events, and completed a Year One report.  Kierra is a senior and works as an undergraduate researcher in the Collective Health and Education Equity Research (CHEER) laboratory on campus. 

Erica Robinson interned with Davidson College as a lab assistant in the Davidson Research Initiative (DRI) Summer Research Program. Erica worked in Dr. Sockol’s Mood, Attitudes and Parenting Lab. She conducted literature reviews on eating disorders and related symptoms among college students. Erica’s research will contribute to Dr. Sockol’s further investigation of college students’ eating behaviors and attitudes. Erica will present her research at the Davidson College Fall Research Symposium in September. Erica is a sophomore biology major with goals to pursuing a master’s degree in psychology and then a M.D. degree.