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Highlights Archive

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Fall 2012 - Summer 2013 Highlights

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Half of Langston University’s presenting researchers win at The National Institute of Science and Beta Kappa Chi Scientific Honor Society's 70th Joint Annual Meeting Eight of the eleven LINC STEM scholars that attended submitted abstract that were accepted in to competition and defended their research projects (oral or poster presentations) to faculty judges from across the country. There was a total of 202 undergraduate abstracts accepted into competition and each LU student did an excellent job defending their work, showcasing the type of scholars LU prepares in the STEM disciplines. 50% of these presentations by LU students, resulted in winning honor, recognition, and a monetary prize awarded by their judges. This meeting was held March13th - 17th, 2013


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Five Langston University STEM students Compete for National Awards in STEM Research and One Wins First Place Langston University’s Langston Integrated Network College for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (LINC for STEM) scholars enthusiastically attended the February 28th - March 2nd, 2013 Emerging Researchers National (ERN) Conference in Washington, DC. One graduating senior, Kayla Love, brought home a first place award for her presentations. Kayla Love presented methodology she help develop to potentially detect perchlorate brines on Mars. The purposed apparatus may be able to give insight into the history and future of Mars’s water content and the possibility of biological life on Mars.


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Langston University's Integrated College Network alumnus publishes her graduate analytical chemistry research work

Karole Blythe is a Langston University & LINC Alumnus attending graduate school at The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin). She has recently published some of her graduate research in a professional article titled "Ground state depletion microscopy for imaging interactions between gold nanowires and fluorophore-labeled ligands." Karole was one of the two lead authors of this research article. Karole earned her B.S. degree in Chemistry and her minor in mathematics degree from LU in 2009 and started attending UT Austin the following semester. She is now pursuing a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry at UT Austin as a member of Katherine Willets' research group. Her research focuses on using Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS) and utilizing high resolution fluorescence microscopy, specifically Stochastic Optical Reconstruction Microscopy (STORM). Karole is a recipient of the UT Austin’s Graduate School Diversity Recruitment Fellowship, the Integrative Graduate Education, and the Research Traineeship NSF Fellowship.

 

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Langston University's STEM students, faculty, and staff participated in a state wide research conference.

Saturday, October 6th, 2012 over 30 Langston university (LU) students studying science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), 6 LU faculty members, and 2 LU staff members participated in the 18th Annual Oklahoma - Louise Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (OK-LSAMP) Research Symposium. Students enjoyed presenting their research and learning from other student scientists & professional scientists.

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During August of the 2012-2013 school year, members from the Board of Regents enjoyed enlightening and amazing scientific research presentations by two LINC scholars, Mr. Martell McKinney and Ms. Kayla Love. Mr. Jason Ramsey, CEO of OSU/A&M Board of Regents and Mr. Andy Lester Chair person of OSU/A&M Board of Regents were visiting Langston University and were delighted to hear about the research the two students performed. Mr. McKinney conveyed there is a link between obese patients exercising but having poor weight loss and genetics. His research data, gathered while at the University of Maryland, demonstrated a specific mutation in the PPAR-gamma gene enhances weight loss due to exercise. Ms. Love communicated her research with small gold rods, gold nanorods specifically. While at the University of Texas at Austin, she produced dye doped silica coated gold nanorods that have the potential to be used as indicators of harmful substances in the environment and indicators of biological abnormalities like cancer.

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Congrats to Tristan Allen, another LU and LINC Alumnus, for gaining acceptance to a graduate degree program for the 2012 fall semester! She graduated from LU in May of 2012 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. Ms. Allen obtained pleasure from participating in LINC (and other programs including OK-LSAMP) to aid her education in biology and her overall college career. More importantly, Ms. Allen found she enjoyed helping and guiding her colligate peers as much as, if not more than, than she enjoyed obtaining help and guidance during her college career. Ms. Allen was admitted to Oklahoma University’s graduate program for Adult and Higher Education with an emphasis on Student Affairs for the 2012 fall semester. She will understand how colleges and universities work, the issues affecting college students and faculty, and how to best lead our colleges and universities to meet the challenges of our global and changing diverse democracy. Ms. Allen will be challenged intellectually to consider the intersections of theory, research, and practice as she develops integrity, courage, and vision to advance social justice and educational equity in the field.

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Fall 2011 - Summer 2012 Highlights

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May 2012, Langston University (LU) and LINC Alum, Brittanie Atkinson, earned a Master of Science in biochemistry and molecular biology degree from The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC). Brittanie earned her Bachelor of Science degree in biology from LU in May of 2009. She was accepted to University of Texas at El Paso and OUHSC. Brittanie accepted and utilized the OK-LSAMP Bridge to Doctorate Fellowship she was eligible for to attend OUHSC in the fall of 2009. This fellowship supplied her with a $30,000/yr stipend and paid for her tuition, fees, and books. Brittanie is the first LSAMP Bridge to Doctorate Fellow to attend OUHSC. Since 2009, other Bridge to Doctorate Fellows have joined OUHSC. During her graduate education, she researched the effect of moderate GLUT4 overexpression in the adaptation to diet-induced insulin resistance: a possible target for treatment of insulin resistance. Brittanie is publishing her work in a scientific journal now and works as the Education Coordinator for LINC at LU.

 

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May 2012, Langston University (LU) and LINC Alum, Cherie Ognibene, earned a Master of Science in biochemistry and molecular biology from Oklahoma State University (OSU). Cherie earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from LU in May of 2008. Cherie researched on developing a method to screen potential targets for artificial RNAi in Aphids. Cherie now works as an experienced research assistant at OSU.

 

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Langston University School of Art and Sciences 12th Annual Research Day Symposium (April 6, 2012).

Langston University’s (LU) Research Day Symposium is an annual event that is held in April. It began as a School of Arts and Sciences initiative Co-sponsored by LINC, under the direction of Dr. Clyde Montgomery, Jr., to encourage scientific research exhibition of research among STEM scholars.  It has expanded to a university wide event, increasing the impact and prominence of scholarly and practical research throughout the entire university. The School of Arts and Sciences and LINC continues to serve as event coordinators. However, the success of the event is due to the broad interest and participation by the entire university’s body.

LU students participate in scholarly and practical research at LU research facilities, as well as at comprehensive universities and research organizations throughout the U.S. They are mentored by LU’s faculty and their respective advisors at other institutions. The results of these student’s research are captured in Poster and Oral powerpoint presentations that are showcased at LU’s Research Day Symposium. Several presentations showcased have already garnered regional and national attention and/or awards.

Each year the event displays over fifty (50) projects which are viewed by 300 attendees. Over twenty Faculty judges participate and choose 3 winners from both oral and poster presentations from different fields of study.

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69th Joint Annual Meeting of  Beta Kappi Chi Scientific Honor Society and The National Institute of Science was hosted March 21-25, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. Ten Langston University STEM scholars were allowed to present their research findings and three won awards: Phoebe Lewis 1st place Biology poster presentation;  Kayla Love 2nd place Chemistry oral presentation; Brittani Vann 3rd place Psychology poster presentation

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2012 Oklahoma Research Day was held March 15th, 2012 at the Capitol. This is an annual event that is held at Oklahoma's State Capitol during the legislative session and created to inform the legislature and the public about the high-quality research being conducted at Oklahoma colleges and universities. This year ShaRhonda Pickett was accepted to present her research and represent Langston University at this grand event.

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The 2012 Emerging Researchers National Conference was hosted February 23-25th in Atlanta, GA. Ten Langston University students were accepted to participate and Phoebe Lewis and Kayla Love won both won 1st  place awards for their presentations.

 

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LINC Scholars continue to learn and practice:  Phoebe Lewis, Kayla Love, Justina Bradley, ShaRhonda Pickett, Brittany Stoutermire, Tiffany Glover, Britani Vann, Rajah Singh, Justin Williams, and Terry Phillips, to compete at the Emerging Researchers National (ERN) Conference in STEM in Atlanta, GA. They are preparing themselves to compete at this conference by practicing late afternoons and evenings.

Mr. Willie Baker, Department of Biology, willingly gave of his free time to come and assist with the Saturday, February 11th practice session, from10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  The conference is sponsored by The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Education and Human Resources Programs (HER) and the NSF Division of Human Resources Development (HRD), within the Directorate for Education and Human Resources (HER).  This is a four day conference - February 23-26, 2012.

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The 2012 Kansas-Idea Network Biomedical Research Excellence was hosted January 13-15th in Kansas City, MO. Ten Langston Universitystudents attended this event. Of the ten students, Phoebe Lewis, competed with graduate students, post doctorates, and other undergraduates and won 1st place!

Read more about Ms. Lewis's journey here

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The 13th annual Oklahoma Research Day was hosted November 4th, 2011 at Cameron University in Lawton, OK. Thirty (30) STEM students from the Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics Departments of Langston University (LU) traveled  to present their research, via poster presentations, at the 13th annual Oklahoma Research Day. Traveling with the students were Dr. John Coleman, Chairman, and Ms. Irene Williams, LINC Coordinator from the Department of Chemistry; Dr. K.J. Abraham and Dr. Gnanambal Naidoo from the Biology Department.

The event receives significant financial support from the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, The National Science Foundation (NSF)-Oklahoma Experimental Program for Stimulating Competitive Research (EPSCoR), the National Institutes for Health (NIH)-INBRE, the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST), and the participating Oklahoma Regional Universities.

A record number of abstracts (1,203) were submitted with over 1,000 participants in attendance. LU boasted a total of 28 abstracts, thirteen of which were from freshmen. The freshmen from LU (Summer Academic Bridge to College (SABC) & STEM Double Bridge to College Participants) were able to participate in this event due to the hard work of Dr. William Franks from LU’s Chemistry Department and Dr. K.J. Abraham from LU’s Biology Department. The professors spent many hours working with these students since the summer 2011 SABC/STEM Double Bridge to College Program preparing them for this event. The students continued to work with their mentors on their project, preparing to present their work at the LU Arts & Sciences Research Day.

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Fall 2010 - Spring 2011 Highlights

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May 2011, Langston University (LU) and LINC Alum, Argenia Doss, Ph.D., earned a Doctorate degree in Molecular and Integrative Physiology from University of Kansas (KU) in Kansas City, KS. Dr. Doss earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from LU in May of 2005. Upon graduation from LU, Dr. Doss applied for and earned acceptance into KU’s Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences that supplied her with a $24,000/year stipend and a tuition fee waiver. Dr. Doss researched the dynamic relationship between Langerhans cells and intraepidermal nerve fibers while earning her doctorate degree. In 2008, she applied for and was awarded over $49,000 through the National Institute of Health Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award for Pre-doctoral Fellows. She is now employed at the department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at Duke University and researches as a post-doctoral associate.

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Martel McKinney and Megan Bowlin, two Langston University Chemistry majors in their freshmen year, were awarded the Hach Scientific Foundation Chemistry Teacher Scholarship during the Spring 2011 school session. Both students share a common goal – to become educators who can make a positive difference in the field of chemistry.

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winners at bkx-nis meeting 201168th Joint Annual Meeting of  Beta Kappi Chi Scientific Honor Society and The National Institute of Science was hosted March 23-27, 2011 in Atlanta Georgia. Twelve Langston University STEM scholars were allowed to present their research findings and five won awards: Kayla Love 1st place Chemistry poster presentation; Yasmeen shumate 1st place Biology oral presntation; Justina Bradley 2nd place Biology oral presentation; Phoebe Lewis 2nd place Biology oral presentation; and Justin Williams 3rd place Biology oral presentation

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Emerging Researchers National Conference was hosted February 24-26th, 2011 in Washington, D.C. Six Langston University students were accepted to participate.Tristan Allen and Kayla Love won 1st and 2nd place awards, respectively, for their presentations.

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Justina Bradley Receiving award at 2011 OK Research Day at Capitol

 

2011 Oklahoma EPSCoR Research Day at the state's Capitol was hosted March 31st. Langston Univeristy Scholar, Justina Bradley, won 1st place at this grand event.

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2010 Oklahoma Research Day is a consortium event coordinated by Oklahoma's Regional Universities and was hosted November 12th at Cameron University. The first Research Day in Oklahoma was held in 1999 and included 233 poster presentations by students and faculty from colleges and universities across Oklahoma. Prior to 2008, Oklahoma Research Day was traditionally held on the campus of the University of Central Oklahoma. Starting in 2009 other campuses began to host the event, with Northeastern State University inaugurating this new stage of Oklahoma Research Day's development.


Oklahoma Research Day promotes cross-campus and cross-disciplinary research among all institutions of higher learning in the State of Oklahoma. It seeks to encourage networking among researchers and interchange of ideas among those studying and researching in their respective academic discipline.


Oklahoma Research Day has grown in numbers and stature. Contributions come from all of Oklahoma's institutions of higher learning, and collaboration with national and international research institutions. The number of poster presentations has grown to more than 660 with more than 1200 students, faculty and guests in attendance.

 

 

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The  15th Women of Color (WOC) STEM Conference was held in Dallas Texas October 28th-30th. Three Langston University female scholars attended this event that recognizes outstanding women in the STEM fields and provides excellent opportunities for professional development, networking, and recruiting. It was co-hosted by CCG’s Women of Color Magazine and the IBM Corporation. The conference focused on the development of STEM women and ensured that the superior achievements and importance of these outstanding women in STEM were highly visible to all conference participants.

 

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Saturday, November 20th, 2010, Brittanie Atkinson, a recent LU and LINC alumnus received top honors for her presentation on her diabetes research.

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Fall 2010:  Women Chemistry Majors

 

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Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Research Day

 

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2011 - Student Presentation Practices Each student spends hours honing their presentation content and skills as they prepare to present their research findings at local and national conferences. Click a name below to view a video of the respective student practicing.

Justina Bradley

Brittany

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Rose Cooper

Kayla Love

ShaRhonda Pickett

Yasmeen Shumate

Justin Williams

 

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Fall 2009 - Summer 2010 Highlights
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2010 Summer Academic Bridge to College (SABC) & STEM Double Bridge program Closing Ceremony

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Langston University Chemistry graduate, Kirk Braggs, is awarded a $30,000/year to attend The University of Houston's College of Pharmacy program!

 

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May 2010, Langston University (LU) and LINC Alum, Leethaniel Brumfield, earned a Master of Science from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC. Leethaniel earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and his minor Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from LU in July of 2009. While earning his graduate degree, Leethaniel applied for and earned needs fellowships and an NSF graduate research fellowship. Leethaniel currently works as a principal research investigator for the USDA.

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Langston University (LU) and LINC Alum, Richard Osei, earned a Master of Computer Science degree from Oklahoma State University (OSU). Richard earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from LU in May of 2008. He was accepted to Howard University and OSU to earn his graduate education. Richard accepted and utilized the OK-LSAMP Bridge to Doctorate Fellowship he was eligible for to attend OSU. This fellowship supplied him with a $30,000/yr stipend and paid for his tuition, fees, and books. During his graduate education, Richard researched architecture of multi-processors. He now works as a Learning Management System Coordinator at LU and manages R.O. IT consulting, his self made company that specializes in computer-based information systems.

 

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10th Annual Research Day

 

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67th Joint Annual Meeting of  Beta Kappi Chi Scientific Honor Society and The National Institute of Science was March 24-28, 2010 hosted by Dillard University, and co-hosted by Southern University at New Orleans. Six Langston University STEM scholars won awards in various STEM disciplines: Erica Smith 1st place Environmental Science oral presentation; Marshall Bailey 1st place Biology oral presentation; Kirk Braggs 2nd place Chemistry oral presentation; Yasmeen Shumate 2nd place Biology poster presentation; Samuel Henderson 3rd place Chemistry oral presentation; Rochelle Howard 3rd place Mathematics poster presentation.

 

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See the same students volunteer time to help clean New Orleans with other national BKX members

 

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Langston University Tulsa Campus Gear-Up

 

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2010 Oklahoma Research Day was held March 15th, at the Capitol. This is an annual event that is held at Oklahoma's State Capitol during the legislative session and created to inform the legislature and the public about the high-quality research being conducted at Oklahoma colleges and universities. This year Shabree Nichols was accepted to present her research and represent Langston University at this grand event.

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The 2009 Oklahoma Research Day was hosted November 13th. Oklahoma Research Day is a consortium event coordinated by Oklahoma's Regional Universities. The first Research Day in Oklahoma was held in 1999 and included 233 poster presentations by students and faculty from Oklahoma colleges and universities.

Now in its eleventh year, Oklahoma Research Day has grown in numbers and in stature with contributions from all of Oklahoma's institutions of higher education including many collaborative contributions from national and international academic and research institutions. The number of oral and poster presentations have grown to over 500 with over 800 students, faculty and guests in attendance, with this year's event including paper presentations.

Oklahoma Research Day is funded by Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, Oklahoma Experimental Program for Stimulating Competitive Research (EPSCoR) - National Science Foundation, Idea Network for Biomedical Research Experience (INBRE) - National Institutes of Health and the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST). Previous to 2008, Oklahoma Research Day has traditionally been held on the campus of the University of Central Oklahoma. Northeastern State University accepted the honor of hosting the 2008 Oklahoma Research Day and was proud to host the 2009 Oklahoma Research Day at the Broken Arrow campus.

Over 20 Langston University students and LINC members presented at and/or attended this event. This event is more than merely a celebration of their research, creative and scholarly activities. It is also an opportunity for students and faculty from multiple institutions to interact with counterparts in their respective disciplines. Oklahoma Research Day is the premier academic research event in the State.

 

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2009 HBCU-UP National Research Conference was hosted October 29th-November 1st in Washington, DC. The HBCU-UP National Research Conference highlights undergraduate student research and institutional strategies to enhance the quality of undergraduate STEM education and research at HBCUs. Langston University STEM scholars submitted abstracts were allowed to present their research findings. Four LU scholars won top awards in various STEM disciplines!: Kenta Caldwell 1st place Chemistry poster presentation;  Rochelle Howard 2nd place Mathematics poster presentation; Erica Smith 2nd place Environmental Science oral presentation; Nona Kelley 2nd place Biology poster presentation

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The 15th Annual Oklahoma's Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (OK_LSAMP) Research Day was October 3rd, 2009. LINC students and faculty attended this event, as many Langston University STEM scholars are members of OK-LSAMP. OK-LSAMP nurtures and assists students through the undergraduate program while creating opportunities for students to pursue graduate degrees in their selected STEM disciplines. Attendees were honored to be addressed by Daniel H. Wilson, Ph.D. the event's  keynote speaker. Daniel is an OK-LSAMP alum who graduated from the University of Tulsa. He continued his education at Carnegie Mellon where he earned two Masters and a Doctorate. He has written several science fiction novels starting with How to Survive a Robot Uprising. The 15th Annual Research Symposium had 179 people in attendance. There were 20 oral presentations and 48 posters. Dr. Carl Rutledge and Dr. J. C. Diaz, again, provided sessions on Research Ethic.

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Summer 2009 and earlier Highlights

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Summer Academic Bridge to College (SABC) & STEM Double Bridge Program

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May 2008, Langston University (LU) and LINC Alum, Desmond Harvey, earned a Master of Industrial Engineering degree from The University of Oklahoma (OU) in Norman, OK. Desmond earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from LU May of 2006 and immediately went to graduate school at OU. Upon graduation from LU, Desmond applied for and earned an OK-LSAMP Bridge to Doctorate fellowship that paid for his tuition, fees and books and supplied him with a $30,000/year stipend. Desmond is continuing his education at Oklahoma State University to earn a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. He also uses his experiences and education to work full time as the coordinator of a multicultural engineering program at OSU that aids incoming students in being prepared for pursuing an engineering degree.

 

 

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