A delegation of STEM majors, faculty and administrators were active participants in the American Association for the Advancement of Science Emerging Research National Conference in STEM and the National Science Foundation (NSF) HBCU- Undergraduate Program Meeting recently.
Yari Mosley, a freshman biology major and STEM Academy Associate received a first place monetary award for her oral presentation on “Genetic Dissection of the Neural Circuit Underlying Cold Nociceptive Behavior.” UAPB STEM students presenting posters included Jasmine Johnson (Chemistry), Christina Moore (Biology), Mikiah Ballard (Chemistry), Mercedes Winfrey (Physics), Ryan Acker (Mathematics) and Aliyah Glover (Biology).
Dr. Anna Harris, UAPB Assistant Professor of Computer Science and P.I. for a research grant on “Superconvergence of Finite Element Approximations for the Second Order Elliptic Problems by L2 – Projection Methods,” presented a poster during the NSF HBCU-UP Meeting and Dr. Charles Colen, chair for the Department of Industrial Technology Management and Applied Engineering gave a talk on the UAPB STEM Academy. Dr. Anissa Buckner, chair for the Department of Biology, is a member of the AAAS Advisory Board for the Emerging Researchers Annual Conference. The conferences attracted more than 975 attendees from colleges and universities across the United States. Related fees and travel were funded by the National Science Foundation and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff offers a series of STEM enrichment programs through the STEM Academy which is funded by the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, the Arkansas Economic Development Commission- Science and Technology and the Arkansas Department of Education. The principal investigator and the co-principal investigators for the STEM Academy are Drs. Mary E. Benjamin, Charles R. Colen and Anissa E. Buckner. For more information, please call 870.575.7165 or visit www.uapb.edu/research