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SESQUICENTENNIAL CELEBRATION
MARCH 31, 2017
SEPTEMBER 18-22, 2017
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Morgan State University, 24th Annual Undergraduate and Graduate Symposium
"Celebrating 150 Years of Research, Scholarship, Creativity and Innovation at Morgan State University"

Sponsored by:
School of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences
Office of the Provost
NIGMS-RISE Program
ASCEND Center for Biomedical Research
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SCMNS is proud to announce 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

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

Congratulations to Dr. Woodson for winning a $125,000 Grant from NSA!

SCMNS Welcome 84 Transfer Students.
SCMNS welcomes 54 transfer students in the last 8 months. Students are transferring from both in and out-of-state. The majority, about 85%, come 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.
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Students collect top awards at UMBC conference

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) from the SCMNS presented their research projects as posters along with 268 other undergraduate students from a variety of institutions across the region at the 19th Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences at UMBC on 10/22/16. 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).
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Morgan's MTIDES organized the FALL 2016 Faculty Professional Development Workshop

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.

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Actuarial Science Students Awarded Actuarial Diversity Scholarships

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.

Ph.D. Program in Bioenvironmental Science produces two graduates, Congratulations, Dr. Akinyele Oni (Akers) and Dr. Belygona Barare (Aslan)(May 2016).

SCMNS MS Programs produce a total of 10 graduates (Fall 2015 and Spring 2016).

National Science Foundation Awards Computer Science Faculty, Dr. MD Rahman) a record two grants nearly $500,000 for Bioinformatics Research.

Dr. Seifu 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.

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.

The Aslan Research Group was awarded a Phase 2 Maryland Innovation Initiative (MII) grant from TEDCO based on Morgan's first patented technology, which resulted in the formation of Morgan's first ever university start-up company iCrystal, Inc. (March 2015).

 

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