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SPSU students collect three NSBE research awards


Marietta, Ga. (Dec. 1, 2011) SPSU made a splash at the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Fall Regional Conference in Jackson, Miss. last month, with two students bringing home three awards.

Caleb Burke, a senior electrical engineering technology major, won first place for his poster presentation and second place for an oral presentation of his research on "Exploring Effective Techniques to Fabricate Thin Film Cells Composed of CZTS (Cu2ZnSnS4).”

Nekeshia Griffin, a senior biology major, won third place for her oral presentation, “The Examination of the Population Growth Rates of the Redbreast and Bluegill Sunfish in Nickajack Creek.”

Griffin was selected afterward to work as an apprentice researcher with Dr. Robert L. Howard of NASA’s Johnson Space Center on a project of her choice next summer at NASA’s Mars Desert Research Station. This is a facility in Utah that simulates a human outpost on the planet Mars. Teams of scientists, engineers and students routinely conduct two-week expeditions to the facility to study various aspects of life on Mars, work that is intended to help prepare the U.S. for eventual manned missions to Mars, the moon and other planets.