VA-NC Alliance Annual Research Symposium RESCHEDULED: April 6-7, 2014
The 7th Annual Symposium will be held at Elizabeth City State University in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. All Alliance students are encouraged to attend and submit abstracts for the poster and oral presentation categories. Student workshops will be held on Sunday, April 6 and presentations will be judged on Monday, April 7. Download the tenative itinerary and presenter guidelines here.
Dr. Daphne Y. Rainey recently joined North Carolina Central University (NCCU) as Director of the new Integrated Biosciences PhD Program. Before joining NCCU, she served as Executive Director of STEM Advancement and Special Assistant to the Associate Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs at NC A&T State University where she worked to create a continuum of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education for grades 9-12 through undergraduate studies. Dr. Rainey brought her passion for STEM education from her work at the National Science Foundation. As Program Director with the National Science Foundation's Division of Undergraduate Education, Dr. Rainey served to develop faculty and institutional capacity in current trends in undergraduate education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics at the undergraduate level. There, she served as program lead for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring Program and as one of the team of program directors for the Math and Science Partnership Program dedicated to developing science and math capacity at the K-12 grade levels by incorporating University faculty. Prior to her work in STEM education, Dr. Rainey was a Bioinformatics Researcher at Virginia Tech, and in the plant biotechnology industry in The Netherlands. She received her PhD in Biology from the University of Colorado, and graduated with Bachelor of Science from the University of Minnesota.
Lekha Pandya (University of Virginia): Astrochemistry
Prerana Pathak (Virginia Tech): Biology
Korey Smith (Johnson C. Smith University): Biology
The VA-NC Alliance Management Team looks foward to welcoming you to the University of Virginia on June 2!
* The Sixth Annual Research Symposium was held April 21-22, 2013 at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Stephanie G. Adams
Dr. Stephanie G. Adams is currently professor and department head of the Engineering Education Department in Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering where she has served in this position since August 2011. Dr. Adams is a highly accomplished scholar and administrator in the world of engineering education.
Adams is a past recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER Award, given to support her goal of designing, developing, and validating a model for the facilitation of effective teaming in the engineering classroom. She also received the American Society of Engineering Education’s 2008 DuPont Minorities in Engineering Award. In 2006, she was an invited participant at the U.S. Frontiers in Engineering Symposium hosted by the National Academy of Engineering.
Adams’ resume also includes a 3-year stint at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) where she served as associate dean for undergraduate studies and associate professor of mechanical engineering. Prior to joining VCU, Dr. Adams spent 10 years at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln from 1998 until 2008. She started as an assistant professor of industrial and management systems engineering, and within four years moved to an administrative track. In 2002 she joined the university’s graduate studies office as interim associate dean and special assistant to the dean. In 2004, she was promoted to the assistant dean for research in engineering. In 2007 she was named the associate dean for undergraduate education.
Concurrently, from 2005 until 2007 Adams also served as a program officer with the National Science Foundation’s Division of Engineering Education. Her responsibilities at the government agency included organizing and conducting review panels on a variety of topics related to research in engineering education. She also managed the division’s budget of some $10 million. She simultaneously spent the 2005-06 academic year as an American Association for the Advancem ent of Science/National Science Foundation Science and Engineering Policy Fellow.
Adams is an honors graduate of North Carolina A&T State University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 1989. In 1991 she was awarded her master’s degree is systems engineering from the University of Virginia, and she received her doctorate in interdisciplinary engineering from Texas A&M in 1998.
She holds membership in a number of organizations and presently serves on the American Society of Engineering Education’s Board of Directors and on the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration Interdisciplinary Scientific Environmental Technology Cooperative Science Center’s Advisory Board at North Carolina A&T State University.
* VA-NC Alliance 2012 Summer Research Program at the University of Virginia.
Dr. Marcus L. Martin, Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity and Equity and Principal Investigator for the VA-NC Alliance, with the 2012 VA-NC Alliance Summer Researchers.
Kennedy Johnson (Johnson C. Smith University ) and Ariel Mitchell (Virginia Commonwealth University) get to know each other at the summer research program orientation.
Professor Bill Sherman, founding director of OpenGrounds at the University of Virginia, speaks to the systems & information engineering students about the Chesapeake Bay Game.
Eugene Harris (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University) prepares materials in the biology lab.
Resident Advisor Te-Rique Barney and undergraduate researchers enjoy leisure time playing putt-putt.
Golf balls or molecules in the making? Student researchers and program personnel pause from golfing fun.
Robert Ferrari, Nicole Sciortino, Jolie Nyiramahirwe, David Vasquez, Kennedy Johnson and Danny Fischer stand on the dish of the Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia.
The summer researchers visit the Green Bank Observatory in Green Bank, West Virginia.
Kiera Matthews (Johnson C. Smith University) works in the chemistry lab.
Kennedy Johnson, Nicole Sciortino, Jolie Nyiramahirwe and David Vasquez pose for a picture after the exciting detection of a new molecule in space.
Dr. Marcus L. Martin, Vice President for Diversity and Equity and Principal Investigator for the VA-NC Alliance, welcomes everyone to the final presentations as Jolie Nyiramahirwe (Piedmont Virginia Community College) listens before presenting her team's findings.
David Vasquez (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University) presents findings from his team's summer research.
Professor Brooks Pate (University of Virginia) speaks with the student researchers who discovered the new molecule while working in his lab over the summer.
Alexander Edwards (University of Virginia) and Program Director Kristin Morgan pose for a picture at the celebratory luncheon following final presentations.
The 2012 student researchers pose for a picture in celebration of their summer accomplishments.
* VA-NC Alliance Fifth Annual Symposium
March 25-26th, 2012, Johnson C. Smith University
Symposium participants from Bennett College for Women pose for a picture at the welcome dinner.
Dr. Sunil Gupta welcomes participants to the 5th Annual Alliance Symposium hosted by Johnson C. Smith University.
U.Va. student, Alicia Moore, poses with keynote speaker Joan Higgenbotham.
Symposium participants from the Bennett College for Women take a group photo.
Members of the Elizabeth City State University Alliance group.
Members of the Johnson C. Smith Alliance group.
A group photo draws smiles from symposium participants from St. Augustine’s College.
Alliance Principle Investigators and staff gather for a group photo.
Mattie Marshall, symposium organizer, and Rosalyn Hobson, chief judge, come together for a photo.
After the welcoming remarks, Dr. Martin, Vice President and Chief Officer of Diversity and Equity at U.Va. meets Dr. Pinkard, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Johnson C. Smith University.
A presenter explains her research during a poster session.
A student researcher explains his research to an interested onlooker.
Dr. Martin and Dr. Gupta present Jalisa Taylor of JCSU with an award for her oral research presentation.
Winners of the poster competition take a group photo with Rosalyn Hobson of VCU.
* VA-NC Alliance 2011 Summer Research Program at the University of Virginia
The 2011 VA-NC Alliance summer researchers pose for a group picture outside of the Chemistry building at U.Va.
Research group meetings were a regular part of the weekly schedule and had their humorous moments!
At the end of the first week, the summer researchers travelled to the Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia to conduct observations and collect data for several days.
The 2011 VA-NC Alliance summer researchers pose for a group picture on top of the Green Bank Telescope!
One of the summer researchers is hard at work in the Chemistry lab.
The summer researchers took a break to play putt-putt with Dr. Marcus L. Martin, who is the Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity and Equity, as well as the Principal Investigator for the VA-NC Alliance.
One of the students conducting research in systems engineering shows the group how she has used an on-line gaming system to collect data.
The group visited Fan Mountain, south of Charlottesville, to conduct observations.
Two students, one from Johnson C. Smith University and the other from U.Va., present their research at the annual Pizza & Posters event.
A student from Norfolk State University explains how his research team built the spectrometer.
One of the summer researchers from Johnson C. Smith University gives her final presentation.
A U.Va. student tells the audience how and he is fellow researcher from Virginia Tech applied for, and obtained, additional time to conduct research at the Green Bank Observatory.
* VA-NC Alliance Fourth Annual Symposium April 13-14th, 2011, University of Virginia
University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan with Alliance research poster contest winners Jasmine Mays and Anthony Speas (left and right; Johnson C. Smith University), and Arianna Seabrooks-Mattthews (center; Virginia Polyechnic Institute and State University).
Alliance principal investigators and staff gather for a group photo.
Dr. Marcus Martin, Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity and Equity at the University of Virginia, and principal investigator of the VA-NC Alliance, addresses symposium participants during the opening event.
Ashley Barham and Jessica Jones of Bennett College for Women, at the research poster competition.
The Bennett College for Women contingent, with their principal investigator, Dr. Cristina Moreira (third from right, back row).
Ashley Moore of Johnson C. Smith University discusses her poster, Chord Recognition through Wavelet Analysis, with a symposium visitor.
Dr. Orestes Gooden and Alliance students from Elizabeth City State University.
Glasher Sheeley of Elizabeth City State University and her research poster, Model for Studying Epigenetic Memory of Hypermethylator Breast Cancer Cell Lines
Mariana Cruz of George Mason University accepting her research award
Research competition judge Dr. Joel Hockensmith, of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics at the University of Virginia, chats with a symposium participant.
University of Virginia student Albert Molina during his research presentation, Fabrication of Nanofibrous Blend Polymer Scaffold for Wound Healing.
George Mason University's Alliance program staff and participants pose for a photo.
Shoteria Pearson, Bennett College for Women, with her research poster Does the Sharing of Unclean Syringes Increase the Risk of Contracting HIV and HCV?
VCU Alliance participants are all smiles for their group photo!
Virquan Harold, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, with his research poster Design and Development of SPME Holder Device for Underground Mine Rapid Air Sampling and Air Quality Analysis
Faculty, staff, and students representing Saint Augustine's College.
Dr. Rosalyn Hobson of Virginia Commonwealth University shares her inspiration and enthusiasm with Alliance students.
Alliance student and Johnson C. Smith senior Michelle Jackson speaks to luncheon attendees about her summer research experiences.
Johnson C. Smith University student Merischia Griffin accepts her research award.
Members of the Johnson C. Smith University Alliance group.
Juliana Cano-Mejia of the University of Virginia accepts her award in the research poster competition.
Juliana Cano-Mejia poses with her poster at the research poster competition.
Michaila Latore of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University accepts the award for her research, Inhibition of E2 Viral Protein to DC-SIGN of Dendritic Cell Can Lead to Advancement in Drug Therapeutics
Kristin Morgan, program director for the Virginia-North Carolina Alliance, addresses participants.
Drs. Bernard White of George Mason University and Orestes Gooden of Elizabeth City State University, between research presentations.
* VA-NC Alliance 2010 Summer Research Program at the University of Virginia
* Alliance Symposium held at Bennett College for Women April 12, 2010
* Alliance Symposium held at Virginia Tech April 7, 2009
* Virginia Junior Academy of Sciences' Science Career Symposium November 8, 2008
To kick off the symposium Dr. Marcus L. Martin conducts a word scramble
with the middle and high school students.
* Alliance Symposium held at St. Augustine's College March 31, 2008