The 11th TOUGALOO COLLEGE MISSISSIPPI COLLEGE UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM (TC-MC UGRS) was celebrated in Tougaloo Campus on Friday, April 11, 2014. The symposium was organized by the Tougaloo Council of Undergraduate Research (TCUR) committee members with Dr. Khan as the Chair and Dr. Banerjee as the Co-Chair and Mississippi College Academic Research Committee (ARC) members with Dr. Magers as the Chair. The concurrent Oral session were held from 9:00 a.m. till 3:30 p.m. in Health and Wellness Center 212 A&B and 202 respectively. The Poster presentations were from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. in Kroger Gym. The Oral session started at 8:45 a.m. with President Beverly Hogan’s opening remarks. This year we accepted a total of 100 abstracts of which sixty (60) were from Tougaloo College (34 Orals 26 Posters) and thirty seven (37) from Mississippi College (8 Orals and 29 Posters) and three (3) Orals from Millsap’s College. Abstracts were received from fourteen different departments which include: Art, Biology, Chemistry/Biochemistry, Computer Science, Education, English, History, Kinesiology, Liberal Studies, Psychology, Physics, Mass Communication, Mathematics/Computer Science, Music, and Sociology.
Both the Oral and the Poster sessions were well attended by our students and faculty members from TC, MC and Millsaps College. We want to thank all the students who participated at the symposium and shared their research with us. We also want to thank all the research supervisors for encouraging and helping our student to take part in our 11th TC-MC UGRS. As the Chair of the TCUR committee I want to thank all TC and MC faculty members who took their time to judge the extended abstracts as well as judge their presentations face to face at the Oral and Poster session. We appreciate the time some TCUR and ARC committee members took out from their busy schedule to serve as the session chairs. Thanks to all TCUR committee members, Ms. Ida Guice and all student volunteers who has shown great enthusiasm and worked very hard to make this symposium a success. I want to acknowledge Ms. Paula Boyd, Ms. Lashanda Lewis and Mr. Danny Jones for helping us with the printing of the certificates, name badges, the programs, the abstract books, posters and the banner and a special thanks to Professor Bruce O’ Hara for coming up with his innovative cover page. Our Thanks also goes to Thomson Hospitality for serving the delicious reception food as well as to Ms. Angela Harrion and her maintenance crew for helping us with room setting and IT department for all the technology setup. This symposium could not have been successful without the moral support and continuous help from Dr. Banerjee and Dr. Magers who worked very diligently with me so that everything is put together in a professional manner.
Like every year this year we gave away plaques and monetary awards for all extended abstracts winners this year all the plaques were sponsored by Dr. Mao’s RIMI Grant. We want to acknowledge “The National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities” for their support. All the monetary awards were sponsored by Dr. Hennington’s HHMI grant. We also want to acknowledge the “Howard Hughes Medical Institute Undergraduate Scholars Program” for their support.
We want to thank President Dr. Beverly Hogan of Tougaloo College and President Dr. Lee Royce and Ronald H. Howard Vice President for Academic Affairs of Mississippi College for their leadership in this collaboration for last eleven years which helped in creating an excellent undergraduate research campus in Tougaloo College. The symposium in this magnitude was only possible with all the support we got from Provost Dr. B.P Smith of Tougaloo College who continuously encouraged us and inspired us with her ideas to make this symposium a great success. We want to thank the office of Academic Affairs for financing and supporting the event in various capacities. The one day symposium ended with a reception and distribution of certificates to all participants, plaques and monetary award to all winners by Provost Dr. P.B Smith.
11th TC-MC UGRS AWARD RECIPIENTS , 2014
SOCIAL SCIENCE DIVISION ORAL AWARD
1st Prize: Whynette Williams (TC Psychology)
2nd Prize: Catran Johnson (TC Psychology)
3rd prize: Kathleen Sullivan (MC History)
HUMANITIES & EDUCATION ORAL & POSTER AWARDS
1st Prize: Amy Jones (MC Music, Oral)
2nd Prize: Melvin Smith (TC English, Poster)
3rd prize: Victoria Porter (TC Education, Oral)
NATURAL SCIENCE DIVISION ORAL AWARD (Bio, Chem.& Phy)
1st Prize: Sucheta Naidu (MC Biology)
2nd Prize: Jonathan Landrum (MC Chemistry)
3rd prize: Symone Booth (TC Biology)
SOCIAL SCIENCE DIVISION POSTER AWARD
1st Prize: Kmeone Kingdom (TC Psychology)
2nd Prize: Lakisha Bell (TC Psychology)
3rd prize: Emily Massingale (MC Psychology)
NATURAL SCIENCE DIVISION POSTER AWARD (GROUP I: Bio)
1st Prize: Denise Ward (TC Biology)
2nd Prize: Ansley Scott (TC Biology)
3rd prize: Heather Montegut & Avni Patel (MC Biology)
NATURAL SCIENCE DIVISION POSTER AWARD (GROUP II: Chem)
1st Prize: Haley Ainsworth (MC Chemistry)
2nd Prize: Leeann Smith (MC Chemistry)
3rd prize: D’Asia Gholar (TC Chemistry)