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Shaw Hosts Student Research Symposium

March 14, 2013 - Shaw University hosted the Second Annual Student Research Symposium during the Spring Semester. The symposium showcased ongoing undergraduate and graduate research from students enrolled at Shaw, St. Augustine’s and North Carolina State Universities. Topics presented included analyzing the health behaviors of Jamaican prostate cancer patients; genetically transforming the stevia plant for mass production; and analyzing the effects of microgravity on the skeletal system.

The symposium provided an opportunity for Shaw students, faculty and staff to learn about research being conducted on campus and at neighboring universities; to exchange ideas with fellow faculty and students; and to network.  Shaw students from the Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Education and Mass Communications departments presented their research and internship experiences. The day included both oral and poster presentations.

Shaw students initiated the idea for the symposium. They had participated in the National Institutes of Health Minority Disparities (NIHMD)-funded “Shaw in Jamaica” internship and wanted a medium through which they could showcase their research. The first Shaw University Research Symposium was held in the spring of 2012. This year, the number of student presenters for the symposium increased from five oral presentations to 20 oral and poster presentations. A variety of academic fields were represented, including biology, biomedical engineering, chemistry, early childhood education, engineering and mathematics.

The symposium concluded with marks from Dr. Tashni-Ann Dubroy, Chair of the Natural Sciences and Mathematics Department and Dr. Moses Goldmon, Interim Director of the Institute for Health, Social, and Community Health. Presenters were recognized and received a certification of participation.