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Morgan Science Students Shine at UMBC Research Symposium

While Homecoming events were getting into full swing on their campus, six students from Morgan State University’s School of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences (SCMNS) were outcompeting their peers for first or second place honors at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County’s (UMBC’s) 19th Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences. A total of 14 Morgan SCMNS undergraduates joined 268 other students from a variety of institutions across the region who participated in the event this past October.

Sponsored by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health (NIGMS/NIH), the symposium featured undergraduate research in all areas of chemistry, biology and biochemistry. MSU biology majors Blessing Akobundu, Benjamin Frey and Dominique Munson and chemistry major Jahnn Drigo were the first place honorees, and biology majors Afua Adusei and Joshua Ross earned awards for second place.

All of Morgan’s participants in the symposium are supported by one of the following science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) support grant programs at the University: NIGMS–RISE, NSF S-STEM or ASCEND. Abstracts of the students’ symposium research are available for review online.

These students represented themselves, their departments, their schools and Morgan State University extremely well. Please join us in celebrating their success!

The full list of Morgan’s participants in the symposium includes:

Biology Majors

Afua Adusei, Junior
Blessing Akobundu, Senior
Kelly Boham, Senior
Benjamin Frey, Junior
Jamiu Giwa-Otusajo, Senior
Dominique Munson, Senior
Priscilla Offei, Senior
Joshua Ross, Senior

Chemistry Majors
Jahnn Drigo, Senior
Tiara Hinton, Junior
Chikaodi Nwanegwo, Sophomore
Pierce Perkins, Senior
Kayla Powell, Junior
Treshaun Sutton, Senior

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