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Future researchers attend conference in Washington D.C.

Published: 03/11/14 1:35PM
By: bradleyc

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Dr. Sarwan Dhir, professor of biotechnology and director of Fort Valley State University's Center for Biotechnology, poses with students in Washington D.C during the Emerging Researchers National (ERN) Conference in STEM Feb.21.

Twenty-two Fort Valley State University students traveled to Washington D.C. Feb. 20-22 to attend the Emerging Researchers National (ERN) Conference in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

The purpose of the ERN Conference is to help undergraduate and graduate minority students improve presentation and communication skills. The conference also aims to provide guidance for students entering the workforce upon graduation.

During the conference, FVSU students presented seven posters and three oral presentations. They were among 800 undergraduate and graduate students and faculty members in attendance.

Joseph Nesbit, a FVSU senior agricultural education major, won the 1st Place Poster Award in the Ecology, Environmental and Earth Sciences category. He presented aproject called "Can Land Applying Spent on Iron and Water Treatment Residuals Decrease Nutrient Runoff from Poultry Houses?"

"Having the opportunity to travel to the ERN Conference in Washington D.C. was a wonderful experience. Not only did I have the opportunity to meet with other undergraduate and graduatestudents from other colleges and universities, I also had the chance to visit exhibits with college graduate recruiters," Nesbit said. The 22-year-old said having an opportunity to present at a large conference in front of people from across the U.S. has increased confidence in his presentation skills.

Dr. Sarwan Dhir, professor of biotechnology and director of FVSU's Center for Biotechnology said seeing our students present their research is always a rewarding experience. "Conducting and presenting research at the undergraduate level is vital to the success of students in graduate or professional school. I am very proud of each of our students and will continue to encourage them in their academic careers," Dhir said.

For more information about the biotechnology program at FVSU, contact Dhir at (478) 825-6887 or send an e-mail to dhirs0@fvsu.edu.

*Below is a list of all the students who attended the 2014 Emerging Researchers National Conference in STEM.

Jamil Baskett, senior, plantscience biotechnology major
EmanuelGarcia, senior, biotechnology major at Universidad del Este in Puerto Rico
Unique Gupton, junior, biology major at St. Augustine's University
Jorge Muriel-Mundo, junior, biotechnology major at the Universidad del Este in Puerto Rico
Joseph Nesbit, senior, agricultural education major
Ashley Norris, junior, plant science biotechnology major
Benjamin Pickard, senior, plant science biotechnology major
Ashlie Santaliz, sophomore, biology major at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus
Jasmine Scott, senior, plant science biotechnology major
Derrick Smith, senior, plant science biotechnology major
Jeremy Wimes, senior, plant science biotechnology major
Brandon Beaty, junior, plant science biotechnology major
Madalyn Bryant, sophomore, plant science biotechnology major
Dasia Harmon, senior, plant science horticulture major
Merriah Haynes, senior, biology major
Kyle Henderson, sophomore, plant science biotechnology major
DeShaun Holden, sophomore, plant science biotechnology major
Gre'Nisha Jones, freshman, plant science biotechnology major
Andrea Mathis, sophomore, plant science biotechnology major
Sarah McClendon, senior, biology major
Jemila Sinclair, senior, plant science biotechnology major
Kiozsa Spann, freshman, plant science biotechnology major