Undergraduates present at research conference at University of Delaware

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Update: Lincoln students earned three of the four monetary awards given for Most Outstanding Scholarly Presentations. The awardees are: first place, Nicole Timothy; second place, Briana Parker; fourth place, Shirlesa Baido.

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, Pa. – The low number of blacks in STEM-based professions.  Retention rates at HBCUs. Substance abuse on campus. These and other timely research topics will be presented by more than 30 Lincoln University students at the Sixth Regional Undergraduate Student Research Conference on March 18 at the University of Delaware.

The Lincoln students are part of the Senior Seminar course, a capstone research experience that melds the students past coursework in statistics, survey methods, and research writing into one course that culminates in presenting their research.

Dr. Patricia Joseph, the vice president for academic affairs, said this annual departmental event shows students “the true value of scholarship.”

“It provides rich and rewarding opportunities for our students to learn and participate in presenting their research to outside peers and professors,” Joseph said. “Many leave this experience pleasantly surprised and affirmed as they realize they have the knowledge as well as the confidence to be successful at such a competitive level.”

Dr. Emmanuel Babatunde, chair of sociology and criminal justice, has served as a conference coordinator in the past and will moderate panels on substance abuse on college campuses and retaining students at HBCUs. Dr. Robert Millette and Dr. James Jones, both professors in sociology and criminal justice, teach the seminar courses and have prepared the students for the conference.

“Presenting research is exactly the academic endeavor we want our students to have in their portfolio before they leave Lincoln, especially if they plan to pursue further formal education,” Millette said. “The conference will test their research skills and allow them to build their public speaking confidence.” 

This year’s theme is “Promoting Research Excellence through Interdisciplinary Collaboration.”  Lincoln first participated in the Regional Undergraduate Student Research Conference in 2012 during the two-day symposium held at Delaware State University’s Dover campus. Lincoln hosted the fourth conference in 2014 when Babatunde and Millette co-chaired the event.

Lincoln student presenters and their topic areas are:

  • Substance abuse: Pamela Gadsden, Jonathan Rijo, Brittnay Tannehill, Brandi Wardlow, Justice N. Ellis, Joseph King, Chelsea Wilkes, Alicia Boone, Kimberly Smith, Kalik Stanley, Chantelle L. Wilson, Kianna Thompson, Ajee Cook, Avery Lomax, Katema Bradshaw, Briana Winters
  • Retention Rates: London Connor , Jhasmyn Curry, Tiffany A. Lee, Regine Lewis, Malachi Bess, Rosestar Bishop, Kia Miller, Destiny Pinkney, Amira McCoy-Jackson, Rebekah Redden, Drevon Vance, Ayanna Bingham, Christopher L. Coffie, Shirley Baido
  • Creating a Vibrant Campus: Nicole Timothy, Kyia Nicole Bristol, Bresha Dotson, Ian Morris, Briana Parker, Daion Fields

Learn more about the 2016 conference.

By Shelley Mix, Office of Communications & Public Relations