ASU’s Research Frontier Symposium to Include International Advising Committee

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By ASU News Services

Alabama State University will host its annual "Research Frontier Symposium" virtually on March 9-10, via Google Meet and Zoom. The theme of the symposium is "Innovation in STEM Research."

This year, the Research Frontier Symposium will include an international advising committee. The advisors are expected to provide advice as needed. The activity may include student award selection, abstract review, session chairs, speakers and among others. The service is completely volunteering to support the STEM community of the Symposium, especially on the under-represented students.

The Advising Committee members are distinguished world experts and active leading scientists from famous institutions world-wide, including Japan, Canada, UK, Russia, China and the United States. The advising members are from prestigious institutions, including Yale University, UC Berkeley, Rockefeller University, Washington University in St. Louis, Boston College, and George Institute of Technology.

The symposium will feature well-known world leaders, including: Dr. Sakmar is Richard M. and Isabel P. Furlaud Professor at Rockefeller University and passionate about neurobiology. Dr. Brudvig is Benjamin Silliman Professor of Chemistry at Yale University and working on energy science. Dr. Robert Blankenship is Lucille P. Markey Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Washington University in St. Louis and interested in synthetic biology.

The advising member, Dr. Krishna K. Niyogi is Professor of Plant and Microbial Biology at UC Berkeley, a Member of National Academy of Sciences, and an HHMI investigator. The advising member, Dr. Jian-Ren Shen is Professor of Biology at Okayama University and received the 2012 Asahi Prize, which is an extremely distinguished prize and many of its past winners have gone on to receive the Nobel Prize.

As the National Science Foundation recommended, a broader definition of STEM fields includes chemistry, computer and information technology science, engineering, geosciences, life sciences, mathematical sciences, physics and astronomy, social sciences (anthropology, economics, psychology and sociology), and STEM education and learning research. Once again, let us celebrate and share some of the recent world-class breakthroughs and achievements during the last 12 months in the fields of STEM.

Over the years, the Symposium has increasingly become a regional conference and provides an excellent platform for undergraduate, graduate, and research scholars at Alabama State University as well as other institutions to share their research experience to a broader audience. The Symposium will inspire the students in their future STEM endeavors and facilitate the collaborations among the faculty members in their respective fields.

In 2022, it is highly recommended that students participate in the Symposium by presenting posters, oral talks, and the 3-minute talk competition. The student winners (about 10% of total participants) will be selected in three categories (talk, 3-min talk, poster) at the five levels (high school, undergraduate, Master graduate, Ph.D. graduate and postdoc) by the Symposium Student Award Committee.

“This year we introduced an informal student discussion session, which is primarily designed to students by the Symposium Student Committee,” said Dr. Harvey Hou, professor of Forensic Science. “The discussion topics of the session are importance and challenges of obtaining publications, overcoming research bottlenecks, the industry versus academia debate, and open discussion.”

Abstract may include one figure, 0-5 references, and should have about 250 words. The figure should highlight the work and help readers to understand the results. The figure may be data, instrumental setup, model, or other graphic. The abstract in MS word should be sent to Dr. Hou by email ( The date of abstract submission will start on December 1, 2021, and end on January 31, 2022. The deadline to submit abstracts is January 31, 2022.

Registration fee is $20 per participant. Registration is free for students.

Donations of minimum $10 per person to the Symposium are welcome. The names of the contributing individuals will appear in the program book, on the conference website, and throughout the Symposium.

Your participation is vital for the success of the Symposium. Each of you, including previous participants and newcomers, are truly welcome to attend the 2022 Annual Research Frontier Symposium on ASU campus on March 9-10, 2022.

For more information, visit or contact Dr. Harvey Hou at