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ASU Students Take Top Prizes in Statewide Science Competition

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Author: Hazel Scott

Release Date: May 03, 2013

A group of ASU student-scholars have returned from a recent statewide science competition with top honors for their research presentations.

Students enrolled in Alabama State University’s STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) programs recently brought home top honors in a statewide competition, beating out students from nine other institutions.

The four student-scholars received awards for their research presentations during the 2013 Alabama Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (ALSAMP) Scholars Spring Research Conference, held at the University of Alabama at Birmingham on April 22.

The event was a professional development opportunity, providing students with a forum to exhibit their contributions to the STEM fields. Participants exhibited their research in a poster presentation."

Attendees included undergraduate students from ASU, Auburn University, Oakwood University, Stillman College, Talladega College, Tuskegee University, The University of Alabama, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, The University of Alabama in Huntsville and the University of South Alabama.

“ASU scholars have gained successful admission to numerous graduate schools around the country and received professional appointments based on their academic prowess in STEM disciplines,” said Dr. Carl Pettis, chair of the Department of Math and Computer Science. “This year’s participants were certainly no exception to the proud tradition that ASU has amassed over the years as a top-performing institution.”

The winning presenters from ASU are:

  • First place - Jordan A. Chatmon:  Mathematics and Computer Science Presentation Competition, “Using Computer-Generated Random Numbers to Calculate the Lifetime of a Comet”
  • First place - Brittnie Hanley: Physical Science Presentation Competition, “Synthesis, Purification, Characterization and Volumetric Analysis of Aspirin”
  • Third place - Robin Evans: Mathematics and Computer Science Presentation Competition, “Collaborative eLearning”
  • Third place - Alishia N. Miller: Life Science Presentation Competition, “Nanoparticles Can Interfere With the Growth of Streptococcus Pneumonia”

Also participating in the conference were ASU students LaShannon Axel, Tyra Tate, Lakeisha Ringo, Michael Williams and Amber Hendon.

About ASU's program - ALSAMP
Alabama Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation program is one of the National Science Foundation’s longest-running programs (22 years). Alabama State University has been a member of ALSAMP since the program’s inception, working tirelessly toward helping to achieve the ALSAMP goal of increasing the number of Alabama’s minorities receiving bachelor's degrees in the STEM fields.

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