College of Science and Technology Hosts 22nd Annual Science Fair

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A Lincoln University student explains his research to a faculty member on October 28.

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, Pa. – More than 150 students, faculty, and alumni attended the College of Science and Technology’s 22nd annual Science Fair and Poster Presentation in the Ivory V. Nelson Center for the Sciences. As in previous years, the event was sponsored with grants from the National Science Foundation and donations from the College of Science and Technology.

“It was a pleasure to once again come together and celebrate the field of science and technology,” said John O. Chikwem, distinguished professor of biology and science fair coordinator.

Young Men and Women in Charge, a foundation that supports young men and women who are economically disadvantaged and underrepresented within STEM fields, was also in attendance.

Lincoln University faculty, staff, and alumni attend a research presentation given by students in the College of Science and Technology on October 28.

 “The research conducted for this event motivates students to continue their scientific inquiries long after they leave Lincoln University,” Chikwem said.

Those in attendance were also joined by president Brenda A. Allen, Derrick Swinton ‘90, chair and professor of chemistry at Claflin University, and Michael Chorney, a biology professor in the College of Science, Engineering, and Technology at Penn State University, Harrisburg.

This year students presented their research in the following categories: Cell and Molecular Biology; Cancer Biology, Treatment and Prevention; Computer Science and Bioinformatics; Environmental Science; Microbiology; and Chemical, Physical and Material Sciences.

Winners in each category are as follows:

Cell and Molecular Biology

  • 1st Place: Nnamdi Ihejirika. Effect of IL-4 and coating components on M1 macrophage populations.
  • 2nd Place: Prisca Obidike. Efflux of Cholesterol from Astrocytes and Neuroblastoma Cells by ApoE Particles.
  • 3rd Place: Destiney N. Taylor. The Association of Chronic Kidney Disease Risk Factors and All-Cause Mortality among Black Men.
    Honorable mention: Oladimeji M. Oreoluwa. The Role of DNA Sequence in Centromere Identity.

Cancer Biology, Treatment and Prevention

  • 1st Place: Nnedi Agubokwu. Frequency of CHEK2 Ile157Thr in Men with Prostate Cancer.
  • 2nd Place: Jane-Frances C. Aruma. Do Ral GTPases Mobilize Exocyst Complexes to Distinct Sub-Cellular Organelles to Promote Oncogenesis?
  • 3rd Place: Mydirah Littlepage-Saunders. The Role of USP22 and CRY1 in Prostate Cancer Progression.
  • Honorable mention: Nile Garner. Enhancing Small Cell Lung Cancer and Therapy Responses via Disruption of Copper Ion and Peroxide Balance Using Pharmacological Ascorbate.

Computer Science and Bioinformatics

  • 1st Place: David Oluwaferanmi Oketunji. To Build a Viral Capsid and Complexity Involved in Pathway from Pre-Equilibrium to Equilibrium Assembly System.
  • 2nd Place: Victoria Hunsu. Validating a Gene Network Model for Asthma.
  • 3rd Place: Nkechi S. Ojeah. Interface Improvement for Generative Model Parameter Control in Cell Organizer.
  • Honorable mention: Fiyinfoluwa Gbosibo. Finding sparse universal hitting sets for long k-mers

Environmental Science

  • 1st Place: Devin Bracey and Kwasi Graham. Investigating Wastewater Treatment for Irrigating Crops at the American Farm School in Thessaloniki, Greece
  • 2nd Place: Dashawn Asegbola and Marc S. Hill, Jr. Exploring the relative benefits of Hydroponics versus Aquaponics systems in food production.
  • 3rd Place: Uchechi Anyanwu and Roshaun Titus. Investigating thermal properties of typical building materials in Thessaloniki, Greece.
  • Honorable mention: Ria Dudley and Jaznae Smith. Designing, building and testing a continuous and scalable Vermicomposting System.


Article by Devin Bonner, Office of Communications and Public Relations. Photos courtesy of John O. Chikwem