Bennett College for Women's
Alliance scholars present research
around the country
The fall semester brought some great changes to the VA-NC LSAMP program at Bennett. The 2010/11 academic year is a special year for the program, since 9 of our 18 LSAMP scholars will be graduating in May. This will be a very emotional graduation since most of them have been with the program since year one and have become the “face of LSAMP” at Bennett College. Therefore, we have been all very busy helping them apply to graduate programs, compose personal statements and obtain recommendations.
We are happy to report that a new project assistant joined our team. Her name is Ms. Wanda Kellyman and she comes to us with lots of experience with the school system, a Masters in Special Education and a great attitude towards our goals and our scholars. Please help us welcome Wanda to the LSAMP family: her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
During the fall semester, the LSAMP scholars participated in the following activities:
Above, Bennett Alliance students Sada Boyd (left) and Keyona Smith (right) present their research.
Our Sisters in Science collaboration with the Early College of Bennett begins in the spring semester. Eight high school students were selected by Dr. Coble, the school’s principal, for their high interest in the sciences. They will participate in the upcoming LSAMP meeting, where they will be paired with a LSAMP scholar for mentorship. We truly believe this can create a great venue to attract new Bennett students who are serious about following a science career.
Five Bennett LSAMP scholars have been invited by Dr. Renee Moore (Bennett Belle, currently an assistant professor of Biostatistics at the University of Pennsylvania) to attend the ENAR Fostering Diversity in Biostatistics Workshop to be held on Sunday, March 20, 2011 in Miami, Florida.
A presentation from Bennett College was part of the program at the Undergraduate Research Celebration in the Nation’s Capitol, Library of Congress, on October 27, sponsored by CUR (Council of Undergraduate Research). In her Power Point presentation, Ms. Prestina Smith, LSAMP scholar and Class of 2010, discussed how her research training at Bennett and in summer internships assisted her with her studies and also in her graduate school choice. Prestina is currently attending the University of California Santa Cruz (BD Program in Biomedical Sciences & Engineering-Molecular, Cell & Developmental Biology).