Past News and Events

American Physical Society Designates Morgan State University as New Historic Site

Dr. Dillon Wins $400k Grant for Computer Science Instruction

Actuarial Science Program Receives Grant from Travelers

Interdisciplinary Seminar Series: Dr. Ana Núñez | April 8, 2021

Interdisciplinary Seminar Series: Dr. Damani A. Piggott | March 25, 2021

Interdisciplinary Seminar Series: Dr. Kamila A. Alexander | March 18, 2021

Supporting STEM at Morgan & Other HBCUs | March 16, 2021

Interdisciplinary Seminar Series: Dr. Jacquelyn Bedsaul | March 11, 2021

Interdisciplinary Seminar Series: Dr. Andreas B. Wulff | March 4, 2021

Interdisciplinary Seminar Series: Dr. Erin Michos | Feb. 25, 2021

Interdisciplinary Seminar Series: Dr. Robert S. McCann | Feb. 18, 2021

Interdisciplinary Seminar Series: Dr. Melanie Bennett | Feb. 11, 2021

Dr. Damoah Wins $209k Meteorological Grant

Experiment Centric Pedagogy Workshop | Jan. 19, 2021

SCMNS Introduces New MS in Advanced Computing Degree

Micaela Fleetwood Receives Prestigious Astronaut Scholarship

Interdisciplinary Seminar Series: COVID-19 Panel Discussion | Oct. 22, 2020

Interdisciplinary Seminar Series: Dr. Rena Lapidus | Oct. 15, 2020

Seminar: Dr. William Phillips, Nobel Laureate | Oct. 15, 2020

2020 Graduate Careers Conference

Interdisciplinary Seminar Series: Rankin, Terry & Young | Oct. 1, 2020

Interdisciplinary Seminar Series: Dr. Leah Hollis | Sept. 24, 2020

Dr. Wang Wins $309k NSF Grant for Quantum Cryptography

Dr. Samokhvalov Awarded $326k to Study Delayed Release of Anti-cancer Drug

Racial Health Disparities and the Coronavirus: Part 2

Dr. Kamangar Publishes Landmark Study on Opium Use and Cancer

Racial Health Disparities and the Coronavirus: Part 1

New Degree Program in Cloud Computing

Dr. Kamangar Leads Major Epidemiological Study on Esophageal Cancer

Black History Month: Featuring Dr. Nkwanta & Dr. Rockward

Jiangnan Peng Awarded $914k from FDA to Assess and Authenticate Botanical Products

NIH-RCMI@Morgan: $14.2M Grant to Study Urban Health Disparities

2019 December Graduates & Holiday Luncheon

Interdisciplinary Seminar Series: Dr. Rena Lapidus

27th Annual Symposium: CANCELLED

SCMNS Faculty Bring Home University Awards

Professor of Chemistry, Dr. May, Elected AAAS Fellow

Farin Kamangar Appointed "University Distinguished Professor"

Interdisciplinary Seminar Series: Dr. Rachel June Smith

Interdisciplinary Seminar Series: Dr. Scott Knoche

Info Session: Paid Summer Research with Woods Hole PEP | Feb. 13, 2020

Interdisciplinary Seminar Series: Dr. Hassan Ashktorb

Interdisciplinary Seminar Series: Dr. Raul S. Pawar

Over 70 Alumni Attended SCMNS Homecoming Reception

Viji Sitther Awarded $500k Grant to Study Biofuels

Fasil Abebe Awarded $136k to Develop Cell Imaging Techniques

PhD Candidate Tassew Mekuria Awarded Use of Advanced Research Equipment

Graduate Education Opportunities at the JHU Dept of Biostatistics

2018-2019 Dean's Faculty and Staff Awards

Animal Research Health and Safety Training Workshop

Invited Presentation: Dr. Laundette Jones & Ulysses Archie, Jr.

Yuejin Li Awarded $450k Grant to Study Heart Disease

Provost Crumpton-Young to Visit SCMNS - October 10, 2019

Dr. Tommy Wright: Census 2020: Refreshing the Foundation of Our Nation's Democracy -  October 9, 2019

NSA Recruiting Events at Morgan

NIH-RISE Program Renewed with $1.8M Grant

SCMNS Students Intern with NIST

91st Annual National Technical Association Conference

2nd Annual Graduate & Professional Careers Conference

SCMNS Welcomes Shuangbao (Paul) Wang as Chair of Computer Science

Dr. Lisa Brown Awarded Grant for PERSIST Program

Big Genomic Data Skills Workshop May 13-15, 2019

Invited Lecture: Dr. Eric Cornell, Nobel Laureate in Physics

Invited Speaker: Dr. Otis Brawley

2019 Spring Graduates & Awards Luncheon

Industrial Hemp Conference: March 26, 2019

Clinical Laboratory Educators Conference 2019

26th Annual Research Symposium

SCMNS STEM Bear for a Day

Dr. N'Guerekata Receives Memento of Honor at Indian Science Congress

Invited Speaker: Dr. Samantha Maragh of NIST

Dr. Viji Sitther Receives Innovation Award

SCMNS 2018 December Graduates & Holiday Luncheon

Maryland Sea Grant Information Session

2018 Google DC Hackathon

SCMNS Students Present & Win Awards at UMBC Conference

2018 Google DC Hackathon

SCMNS Peer BEARS Visit Oxon Hill High School

6th Annual STEM Expo

Invited Speaker: Dr. James Olthoff of NIST

JPMorgan Chase Technology Showcase at Morgan State

Graduate & Professional Careers Conference

Dr. Kamangar Receives Iva G. Jones Medallion Mantle Award

Google Tech Exchange Students for Fall 2018

SCMNS Welcomes the Rockwards

New Research Funding Awards

Freshmen, Join the New Peer BEARS Mentoring Program!

SCMNS Faculty & Staff Receive Honors College Awards

Dr. Sharker Mentors High School Sports Analytics Team, Morgan Alum Inducted into College Basketball Hall of Fame

2018 Spring Graduating Students and Awards Luncheon

SCMNS Features Women Leaders for International Women's Day

SCMNS Welcomes New Physics Faculty, Dr. Ramesh C. Budhani

SCMNS Research Featured in the News

Invited Speaker: Dr. Jerzy Leszczynski

December Graduates and Holiday Luncheon

Jae Deal Visits Morgan State University

Students Bring Home ABRCMS Awards

December Graduates and Holiday Luncheon

Our First Industrial and Computational Mathematics Ph.D.: Candice Marshall

Engineers in Residence from Google and Facebook Join SCMNS

SCMNS Welcomes Eight New Faculty

Forty SCMNS Faculty Participate in the National Academies Mobile Summer Institute (MoSI) on Scientific Teaching

2017 WBHR-LSAMP Annual Summer Research Symposium

SCMNS Partners with Vitreon America, Receives $352,000 from Abell Foundation

Spring 2017 Graduating Students and Awards Luncheon

Congratulations to Our Travelers EDGE Graduates!

SCMNS Joins the March for Science

Facebook and Google Come to SCMNS

SCMNS Brings Together Alums and High School Students for Role Model Career Day

Maryland Science Olympiad

Recent Faculty and Department Highlights

Recent Student Highlights


SCMNS celebrates the graduation of seven graduate students (four female students and three male students) who earned their M.A. degrees in Mathematics in the December 16, 2016 graduation ceremonies. Six of the students are international students from Saudi Arabia, and one student is local from the city of Baltimore. Their research projects varied across topics and reflected the breadth of study in the department. Their project titles and advisors were as follows:

  • Ms. Razan Albarqi: Contributions of Non-oil Sector in Economic Growth in KSA: Time Series Analysis, Advisor: Dr. Ashraf Ahmed
  • Ms. Maha Alkobali: Structural Equation Model of Labor Force Participation in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Advisor: Dr. Ashraf Ahmed
  • Mr. Khalid Almnesi: Application of Log-log Model in Analyzing of Life Expectancy in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Advisor: Dr. Ashraf Ahmed
  • Ms. Sarah Alqannas: Application of Poisson Regression Model in Analyzing the Infant and Child Mortality in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Advisor: Dr. Ashraf Ahmed
  • Mr. Abdullah Alqarni: Mathematical Modeling of Zika Virus in the US, Dr. Najat Ziyadi
  • Ms. Amal Alshehri: Statistical Analysis of Economic Development and Selection of Its Predictive Model in the KSA, Advisor: Dr. Ashraf Ahmed
  • Mr. Christopher Gaines: An Efficient Algorithm for Computing the Nearest Correlation Matrix by Using Tony Chan's Preconditioner Advisor: Dr. Mingchao Cai

Dr. Md Rahman of Computer Science won a record two grants totaling nearly $500,000 from the National Science Foundation for Bioinformatics Research.

Three Actuarial Science majors - Rodrigue Djikeuchi, Sika Dzidzonu, and Turayo Tijani - have bee named 2016-17 recipients of the Actuarial Foundation Actuarial Diversity Scholarship. Morgan State was one of the three universities tied for having the most scholarship winners among this year's awardees. Actuarial Science major and Travelers EDGE scholar, Torrance Allen, was selected to participate in a film documenting the 10 years that the EDGE scholarship program has been in existence. The documentary will be shown at the Travelers EDGE 10th Anniversary Symposium in fall 2017.Morgan State University has received a three-year $450,000 award from the U.S. Navy to conduct a research study on the energy capacity of lithium-ion batteries. Dr. Kadir Aslan, an Assistant Dean for Research and Graduate Studies and Professor of Chemistry at Morgan, will serve as principal investigator for the research and will manage a team of undergraduate and graduate students providing assistance with this project.

Associate Professor of Mathematics Jonathan Farley was interviewed for article by, "HBCUs Take Different Approaches to STEM Partnerships"

SCMNS welcomed 54 transfer students for the 2016-2017 academic year. Students are transferred from both in and out-of-state. The majority, about 85%, came from various counties and cities across the state of Maryland. The other 15% are comprised of international students and those from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, DC and Virginia. Our International Students were native to countries from within the Caribbean, North Africa, Saudi Arabia and Nepal.

Dr. Seifu of Physics and Engineering Physics won an award of $200,000 grant for 2016/2017 academic year from ARL as part of the 1.2 million CRA he was awarded 2012-2017.

In Spring 2016, the Ph.D. Program in Bioenvironmental Science produced two graduates: Dr. Akinyele Oni (Akers) and Dr. Belygona Barare (Aslan).

In Fall 2015 and Spring 2016, SCMNS MS Programs produced a total of 10 graduates.

Dr. Seifu presented at the IEEE NANO 2016 International Conference on NANOTECHNOLOGY in Sandai, Japan. Research paper to be published in IEEE Xplore.

Fourteen SCMNS students participated in the 19th Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences at UMBC on 10/22/16. Eight Biology majors (Afua Adusei, Blessing Akobundu, Kelly Boham, Benjamin Frey, Jamiu Giwa-Otusajo, Dominique Munson, Priscilla Offei, and Joshua Ross) and six Chemistry majors (Jahnn Drigo, Tiara Hinton, Chikaodi Nwanegwo, Pierce Perkins, Kayla Powell, and Treshaun Sutton) presented their research projects as posters along with 268 other undergraduate students from a variety of institutions across the region. All participating students are supported by one of the following STEM support grant programs at Morgan (NIGMS RISE, NSF S-STEM, NSF LSAMP or ASCEND) Six of these students walked away with first prize: Blessing Akobundu, Benjamin Frey, Dominique Munson, and Jahnn Drigo) or second prize: Afua Adusei and Joshua Ross).

Dr. Woodson of Mathematics won a grant from the NSA for $125,000.

Dr. Sitther's graduate student Mr. Behnam Tabatabai presented research titled "Identification of a halotolerant mutant via in vitro mutagenesis in the cyanobacterium Fremyella diplosiphon" at the Mid Atlantic Plant Molecular Biology Society meeting in August 2016.

Morgan's Teaching to Increase Diversity and Equity in STEM (MTIDES), organized the FALL 2016 Faculty Professional Development Workshop on "R and Parallel R" on August 18, 2016. Over twenty five faculty members and a few doctoral students from across Morgan State University and other regional universities attended the workshop. Mr. Dave Walling from Texas Advanced Computing Center provided training on the basics of R and running R jobs in High Performance Computing environments. A post-workshop survey indicated a high degree of satisfaction with the workshop. Additional hands-on faculty workshops will be held during 2016-2017 academic year.

Dr. Seifu's students Mr. Dennis Ayree (Graduate student) and Moses Kayondo (undergraduate) presented research results at the 2016 American Physical Society March Meeting.

Dissertation research proposals of the Bioenvironmental Science Ph.D. candidates Mr. Enock Bonyi (Aslan), Mrs. Zainab Boone-Kukoyi (Aslan) and Mr. Behnam Tabatabi (Sitther) have been approved by their respective committees.

Morgan State University Mathematics Ph.D. student Ms. Zeinab Bandpey is in the Frederick newspaper.

Morgan State University, 23rd Annual Undergraduate and Graduate Science Research Symposium
Thursday, April 14, 2016, 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM at Morgan State University Student Center (See you next year)

Dr. Aslan receives a subaward ($89,843 for 1 year) from Juxtopia, LLC (NIH STTR phase 1 award based on the technology described in Morgan's recent patent application, Metal-Assisted and Microwave-Accelerated Evaporative Crystallization (April 2015).

Aslan Research Group's MA-MAEC "Metal-assisted and microwave-accelerated evaporative crystallization" technology was awarded an US Patent No: 9,243,017 (January 26, 2016). This is Morgan's first-ever full patent in its 148-history. iCrystal, Inc., Morgan's first-ever spin off company was established based on the MA-MAEC technology, supported by Maryland Innoation Initiative (MII) administered by TEDCO..

MSU Undergraduate Students and Program Directors Represent Morgan State University at the 2015 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) in Seattle, Washington. A total of 33 undergraduate students from 9 distinct majors (Biology, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Psychology, Physical Education, Nursing, Sociology, and Medical Technology) at Morgan State University participated in the conference, and 9 of these presented their research in areas that included neuroscience, social and behavioral sciences and public health, chemistry, biochemistry, molecular and computational biology, and cancer biology 2015 ABRCMS conference. was awarded to Mr. Jamiu Giwa-Otusajo, a Biology senior supported by the NSF S-STEM STARS-1 Scholarship Program was awarded a full ABRCMS Student Travel Award, which covered the cost of airfare and hotel accommodations, to attend and present a poster presentations of his research entitled ""Effect of Nitrogen Deprivation on the Photosynthetic Efficacy of Fremyella diplosiphon."

SCMNS Graduate Programs and faculty host several exchange faculty and graduate students from Turkey: Dr. Mustafa Yildiz (Aslan, 2014), Dr. Fatma Aydin (Aslan, 2014), Dr. Ilknur Babacan (Aslan, 2015-2016), Dr. Salih Toker (Aslan, 2015-2016), Dr. Mustafa Avci (Pankov, 2014-2015), Mr. Nuh Alpaslan (Rahman, 2015-2016), Mrs. Zuhal Onuk (Aslan, 2015-2017), Ms. Setenay Akduman (Pankov, 2015) and Qatar (Dr. Sophia Rajini (Sitther, 2015).

Ph.D. Program in Bioenvironmental Science produces three graduates, Congratulations, Dr. Muzaffer Mohammed (Aslan), Dr. Biebele Abel (Aslan) and Dr. Erik Davenport (Fan) (May 2015).