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SPSU students collect awards at national research conference

SPSU students collect awards at regional research conference


Seniors Brett Jones and Edward Jones with their awardThree members of the SPSU Peach State Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (PSLSAMP) returned home from LSAMP’s 7th Annual National Symposium and Research Conference at the University of Georgia earlier this month with awards for the work they presented.

Brett Jones and Edward Jones, both senior electrical engineering majors, won second place in the technology and engineering category for their oral presentation entitled “Designing CZTS thin film solar cells to evolve the world.” Dr. Deidra Hodges, assistant professor of electrical engineering, was their research mentor.

Senior biology major Nekeshia Griffin brought home the first-place award in the environmental biology category for her oral presentation entitled “Examination of the sympatric relationship between the redbreast and bluegill sunfish populations in Nickajack Creek, Ga.” Dr. Peter Sakaris, associate professor of biology, was her research mentor. This was the second year in a row that Griffin won first place for her oral presentation at a PSLSAMP conference.

The National Science Foundation-funded Peach State Alliance is a collaborative effort sustained by several higher education institutions: SPSU, Fort Valley State University, Georgia Perimeter College, Georgia Tech, Kennesaw State University, Savannah State University and the University of Georgia. The alliance’s goal is to increase statewide the number of underrepresented minority students completing undergraduate degrees and pursuing graduate degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM fields).