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From Dr. Helen N. Asemota:

I wish to report the good news of our students' achievements in the National Role Models Student Researchers' Presentation Competition.  The competition was part of the 2011 Minority Access Conference (MAC 2011) in Washington D.C. (Sept. 30 - Oct. 2, 2011).  I traveled with the following 4 students to represent Shaw University at the Conference:

  1. Merone Zewde, Sophomore Biology Major Student
  2. Stephanie Faroul, Senior Biology Major Student
  3. Norman Johnson, Junior, was Sociology Student at Shaw, now student of African Studies at the NC State University
  4. Baldwin Robert III, graduated from Shaw in May 2011, now graduate student at Norfolk State

The students received research training at Shaw University and from sponsored internships under the following grants:

  • NSF Targeted Infusion of Biotechnology Grant (PI, Dr. Asemota) - Merone Zewde & Stephanie Faroul
  • NSF HBCU-UP STEM Grant (PI, Dr. Sharma) - Merone Zewde
  • Shaw in Jamaica MoN Project (PI, Dr. Asemota) - Norman Jonhson in 2010
  • RIMI Grant (PD, Dr. Goldmon)- Norman Johson and Robert Baldwin in 2011.
    The NIH RIMI Grant funded the trip to the Conference.

There were various contestants from various Universities all over the Nation - University of Maryland, Drexel University, Morgan State University, Texas Southern University, Bowie State University, Virginia State University, Fort Valley State University, and many others.   Every presenter was declared good, but our Merone Zewde and Norman Johnson, both tied in the second position, while two students from Spelman College and Morgan State University tied in the first position.

Merone has been a research student under the Shaw NSF Targeted Infusion of Biotechnology Project from her Freshman Year.  She went for Internship in the summer of 2011 at the University of Connecticut Health Center in the Department of Immunology.  Her presentation was titled "Bromelain Treatment of Mouse B Cells in vitro Modulates the Expression of Cell Signaling Receptors."

Norman was introduced to Prostate Cancer research through the Shaw in Jamaica Project.  In the summer of 2011, he interned on Prostate Cancer Research at the University of Maryland with Dr. Whitehead (a Shaw Alumnus), Professor of Anthroplogy..  His presentation was titled "Summer Field School in Applied Urban Ethnographic and Community Health Science"


Shaw University has maintained a good record at this annual Competition.  Last year, Shaw's Natieka Green won first position at the 2010 Las Vegas MAC Conference.

More details will be sent as soon as they are available.  The prize for the second place is $500 per student = $1000 for the two students. 


I wish to thank the Minority Access Inc., Shaw University, the Office of the Vice President for Academics, the College of Arts and Sciences, the IHSCR and the Department of Natural Sciences & Mathematics for the encouraging the students to be 'courageous to achieve'.  Thanks also to the Faculty and staff who helped prepare the students for the competition:  Drs. M. Goldmon, H. Asemota,  T. Dubroy, A. Ejire, C. Njue, M. Fapojuwo, R. Kumar,  Ms. Whitaker of IHSCR who made all the travel arrangements and Conference Registration, and Ms. Becker from the Purchasing Department who booked the flights.



Helen N. Asemota, PhD (Students' Chaperone/Mentor, Shaw U MAC 2011).