Morgan Students Excel in the NTA Student Symposium

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National Technical Association 92nd Annual Conference
Student Symposium

September 25, 2020

Founded in 1925 to encourage and inspire women, minorities and youth to enter and excel in the fields of math, science and technology, the National Technical Association (NTA) is the oldest African American technical organization in the United States. Throughout the week of September 21, 2020, the NTA held its (virtual) 92nd Annual Conference featuring talks on a broad array of topics, including broadening the participation of minorities in STEM, climate change and environmental justice.

Capping off the week’s events was the Student Symposium on September 25th featuring video presentations and Q&A sessions from 39 undergraduate and graduate students from 13 academic institutions. The students’ presentations were divided into four sessions: Natural Sciences (Graduate), Engineering and Mathematics (Graduate), Biology and Chemistry (Undergraduate), Integrated Science and Engineering (Undergraduate), and a Special Session including presentations related to COVID-19. Students from Morgan State University and its School of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences performed exceptionally well, claiming nine of the 13 total awards. The complete list of winners is provided below.

Session 1: Natural Science (Graduate)

  1. Samson Gichuki, "Impact of Ultraviolet Radiation (UVB) on Growth and Identification of Photoreactivation Gene in Fremyella diplosiphon, a Model Cyanobacterium" (Morgan State University Bioenvironmental Science PhD Candidate).
  2. Nikelene Mclean, "Investigating Methods of DNA Extraction and Analysis for Marine Invertebrates along the US Northeast Coast" (Morgan State University Bioenvironmental Science PhD Candidate).
  3. Oyedoyin Aduroja, "Rhodamine based turn-ON Fluorescence Chemosensors for Hg2+ Ion in Aqueous Media" (Morgan State University Bioenvironmental Science PhD Candidate).

Session 2: Engineering and Mathematics (Graduate)

  1. Romario Gildas Foko Tiomela, "Hierarchic Control of a Linear Heat Equation with Missing Data" (Morgan State University Industrial and Computational Mathematics PhD Candidate).
  2. Mikela Pryor, "Design and Public Perception of a Bioretention Area in Dallas, Texas" (Texas A&M University).
  3. Fatemeh Norouzi, "A New Study of Fractional-Order Financial System via Homotopy Analysis" (Morgan State University Industrial and Computational Mathematics PhD Candidate).

Session 3: Biology and Chemistry (Undergraduate)

  1. Teemer Barry, "Probing Extracts from Specialty Crops, Herbs and Algae as Potential Antifouling Agents" (University of Maryland Eastern Shore).
  2. Nyah Johnson, "A One-pot Enzumatic Synthesis of CMP-Sialic Acid Derifatives as Substrates for the Neisseria Meningitidis Serogroup W Capsule Polymerase" (Morgan State University Chemistry Major).
  3. Michael Atwater, "Comparison of 2nd Generation CAR-T Cell Effector Function on Hepatocellular Carcinoma" (Howard University).

Session 4: Integrated Science and Engineering (Undergraduate)

  1. LaDonna Wyatt, "Impact of Nanofer 25s zerovalent nanoparticles on growth and localization in a genetically engineered cyanobacterium, Fremyella diplosiphon" (Morgan State University Biology Major).
  2. Jaylin Dorsett, "Exploring the Influence of Helical Swimming in Turbulence on Larval Dispersal" (Delaware State University and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution).
  3. Don-Terry Veal, Jr., "Density Functional Theory in Quantum Espresso" (Morgan State University Physics Major).

Session 4: Special Session

  1. Nafetalai Fifita, "DIYVent: A Low-cost Emergency Ventilator with Advanced Features" (Morgan State University Electrical Engineering Major).

Congratulations to all the Student Symposium winners! The conference and symposium were co-organized by the National Technical Association, Clark Atlanta University and Morgan State University. The Student Symposium was supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Grant HRD 2035583. The student presentation videos are available to view in the Student Symposium Gallery (