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Two UDC students won First Place at the 2009 HBCU-UP National Research Conference

Two UDC students won First Place at the 2009 HBCU-UP National Research Conference which was held in Washington, DC on October 29 – November 1, 2009.


Benjamin Ozokwere (left in the picture) placed first in biology with his oral presentation “Functional Analysis of ERG”. His mentors are Dr. Deepak Kumar, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences and Dr. Taduru Sreenath from Center for Prostate Disease Research, Rockville, MD. Raymond Devaughn (right in the picture) placed first in chemistry with his oral presentation “Synthesis and Bioactivity of Triphenylstannates”. His mentor is Dr. Xueqing Song, Department of Chemistry and Physics. The HBCU-UP conference, co-sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) HBCU-UP Program and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), serves as a forum for undergraduate students to present their research in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. Dr. Allen Sessoms was the Plenary Session speaker at the Friday Luncheon. Dr. Beverly Hartline, Provost for Research and Dean of Graduate Studies, was a workshop speaker.





There were 25 presentations by UDC students who were supported by the National Science Foundation HBCU-UP grant, National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute Cancer Academy grant, Department of Defense Collaborative Undergraduate HBCU Student Summer Training Program grant, Merck/AAAS Interdisciplinary Research Education grant and the National Science Foundation LSAMP grant. Faculty mentors attending the conference included Dr. Deepak Kumar, Dr. Ester Ososanya, Dr. Freddie Dixon, Dr. Carolyn Cousin, Dr. Paul Cotae, Dr. Pradeep Behera, Dr. Xueqing Song, and Dr. Wagdy Mahmoud.