ASU Student Researchers Win Top National Awards

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By Hazel Scott/ASU

Four Alabama State University students won first, second and third place awards for their research poster presentations at the Emerging Researchers National (ERN) meeting in Washington, D.C. on Feb 6-9.

The students won for their various research internships in Dr. Komal Vig`s, one of ASU’s nationally acclaimed research scientists, research programs under the guidance of STEM mentors from the University.  

The winning students are:

sanika pandit

1st Place Biological Sciences:  Sanika Pandit

Intern in the National Science Foundation –Research Experience for Undergraduates (NSF-REU)  “NanoBioengineering” program at ASU

Mentor - Dr. Emmanuel Tadjuidje

Gabriella Tilahun

2nd Place Computer Science and Information Technology: Gabriella Tilahun

Intern in U.S. Department of Education MSEIP  (Minority  Science and Engineering Improvement Program)

Mentor - Dr. Rajendran Swamidurai


2nd Place Biological Sciences: Rebekah Townsley

Intern NSF-REU (National Science Foundation –Research Experience for Undergraduates) “NanoBioengineering” program at ASU

Mentor - Dr. Emmanuel Tadjuidje

sanjeev gurshaney

3rd Place Biological Sciences: Sanjeev Gurshaney

Intern in U.S. Department of Education MSEIP  (Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program) High School Bridge program

Mentor - Dr Alain Bopda Waffo

Tilahum is currently pursuing her undergraduate degree in Computer Science at ASU; Pandit is seeking her undergraduate degree in Biological Science at Chapman University; Townsley is pursuing her undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering at University of Arkansas;  and  Gurshaney is seeking his degree in Neuroscience at Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, University of Central Florida.

“I am so proud of our four students who interned with STEM faculty at ASU, which will continue to allow ASU to shine on a national level,” said Vig.

The students’ research was funded  by MSEIP and NSF-REU programs led by Vig at ASU as a program director and Principal Investigator. 

The objectives of the ERN conference are to help undergraduate and graduate students to enhance their science communication skills and to better understand how to prepare for science careers in a global workforce.

The ERN Conference in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) is hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Education and Human Resources Programs and the National Science Foundation Division of Human Resource Development, within the Directorate for Education and Human Resources.

For more information, contact Dr. Komal Vig, professor of biology, at