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The VA-NC Alliance

at Elizabeth City State      University Embraces Facebook!


Members of the Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) VA-NC Alliance realized the potential of FaceBook as an instrument for quickly communicating among themselves, as well as for disseminating information beneficial to their academic, career, and social well-being.

Facebook is a social networking website that is operated and privately owned by Facebook, Inc. Using their dedicated Facebook page, ECSU Alliance users can add friends and send messages to friends, and update their personal profiles.

The website was designed in early December 2009 by LSAMP member Brittany Griffin, and has grown to 48 members. Alliance students use the website to post picures, discuss issues, and receive program updates for internships, research opportunities, and mentorship programs. They invite you to visit the ECSU VA-NC Alliance Facebook page !



Fall Faculty Mentored Research Program

Six students and their faculty mentors recently participated in the Fall Faculty Mentored Research Program. This program is aimed exclusively towards student researchers who fully appreciate the importance of scientific research, and are motivated by the opportunity to learn and contribute to their field. Through the program, college undergraduates are provided ongoing research experiences and exposure to a variety of academic settings. The students below will present their research findings during ECSU's Research Week, February 1-5, 2010.

Student Classification Mentor Department Research Subject
Daniel Lee Long III Junior Dr. Kuldep S. Rawat Technology Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV)
Denzel Scotton Freshman Dr. Tesfaye Serbessa Chemistry/ Physics The Effect of African Medicinal Plant Extracts on Prostate Cancer Cells
Sabrina Sharpe Senior Dr. Hirendranath Banerjee Biology The Role of Cedogene and Genetic Canges in Systems Lupus Evythromatosus
George Harris Junior Dr. Mehran Elahi Technology Renewable Energy
William M. Baker Freshman Mr. Orestes Gooden Aviation Flight Simulation - Areodynamics Research
Robert Mason Junior Dr. Akbar Eslami Technology Reverse Engineering




ECSU VA-NC Alliance Students Celebrate the Holidays; Students Charter LSAMP Club

Over fifty Level One and Level Two Alliance students , along with many of their dedicated faculty and staff supporters, gathered in the new Student Center on December 4th for their annual holiday celebration. While listening to festive music and and munching on holiday favorites, the students unveiled the constitution for the newest club on campus, the ECSU AMP Club !

Students elected officers, including their first president, Mr. Ryan Winder. The club's purpose is to foster leadership development through coordination of educational and awareness projects. Thirty five students committed to membership.

Membership in the AMP Club is open to any interested African American, Hispanic, or Native American undergraduate pursuing a STEM major. Graduate students and faculty/administrators may join as "associate" members. To assist the club's successful launch, Mr. Warren Poole and Ms. Pamela Bingham generously donated initial club membership fees for the first ten students. We look forward to hearing about the new club's future activities!