As Saint Augustine's University (SAU) students begin classes after enjoying a summer off, some students are returning having just wrapped up a summer of continued study and internships. Of those, are six students from the School of Sciences, Mathematics & Public Health. These scholars spent the summer immersed in research in various STEM disciplines in programs across the country.
As one of SAU's core academic areas of focus, STEM programs include rigorous research to prepare students for graduate school programs and entry into their respective career fields. According to Dr. Mark Melton, Dean of the School of Sciences, Mathematics & Public Health, "Summer research and academic enrichment programs are an integral and important component of the ongoing STEM Mentoring Program that has been established in the School of Sciences, Mathematics & Public Health. Students have been actively engaged in on- and off-campus research as a part of their matriculation through their respective undergraduate STEM program. This activity has helped to dramatically increase the number of Saint Augustine’s University science majors who graduate and go on to obtain to graduate degrees in a broad range of STEM disciplines. These experiences have also helped our graduates to matriculate directly into the STEM workforce."
The SAU community congratulates these scholars on a successful summer full of research and continued learning. Below find the students' pictures and descriptions of their research.
North Carolina State University NIH RISE Program
Genele Tulloch, a senior Engineering Mathematics major at Saint Augustine’s University, presents her summer research during the closing poster session. Her project, entitled ‘Modeling Fluid Flow in an Experimental Aerobic Granulation Reactor for Treating Wastewater,’ was well received. Ms. Tulloch conducted her research at North Carolina State University in the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering as a NIH RISE Summer Research Intern.
Virginia-North Carolina Alliance for Minority Participation 2017 Summer Research Program
DeQuante McKoy, a junior Engineering Mathematics major at Saint Augustine’s University, hard at work during his summer research program at the University of Virginia. His research was conducted in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the laboratory of Dr. Devin Harris. In addition to gaining hands-on experience, the 8-week program gave him the opportunity to receive general instruction in the physical sciences, guidance on navigating a laboratory setting, and advice on graduate school and career planning. Mr. McKoy’s research was supported by the NSF Virginia-North Carolina Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (SAU is a partner) at the University of Virginia.
National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences
Malika Wood, a senior Biology major at Saint Augustine’s University, presents her summer research during the NIEHS Scholars Connect Program (NCSP) 2017-2018 Poster Session. Her project, entitled ‘Targeting Lentiviral Integration into the Host Chromosome via AAV CRISPR-dCas9 System,’ was well received. Ms. Wood conducted her research in the the Laboratory of Neurobiology under the direction of Dr. Negin P. Martin. Ms. Wood will participate in the NSCP during AY 2017-2018 and will e a co-author when the research results are published in a scientific journal.
Iowa State University REU Biorenewable Chemicals
Ka’shawn Robertson, a sophomore Biology major at Saint Augustine’s University, presents his summer research during the closing poster session. His project, entitled ‘Cuticular Lipid Profiles of Juvenile and Adult Leaves from 13 Genetically Diverse Maize Inbeds Show Metabolome Variation,’ was well received. Mr. Robertson conducted his research at Iowa State University in the Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals as a 2017 Research Experiences for Undergraduates participant.
Plant Genomics @ Michigan State University Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program
Tevin Williams, a senior Biology major at Saint Augustine’s University, presents his summer research during the closing poster session. His project, entitled ‘Exploring Tropane Alkaloid Diversity within the Solanaceae Family,’ was well received. Mr. Williams conducted his research at Michigan State University as a Plant Genomics 2017 Research Experiences for Undergraduates participant.
North Carolina State University NSF REU Program Summer Research Internship Participant