What is the Joint Annual Research Symposium (JARS)?

Tuskegee University is hosting the Fourth Joint Annual Research Symposium (JARS 2014) organized by the HBCU-UP Office of Undergraduate Research.  Please check your schedule to see if you can visit us on Thursday and Friday, February 27th - 28th.  The meeting will be held in the Kellogg Conference Center located Tuskegee University’s campus.  The event has combined the 15th Annual HBCU-UP Research Symposium, 41th Annual Sigma Xi Symposium, and 4nd Annual Minority Access to Research and Careers Symposium into one multidisciplinary event.  This meeting will feature research conducted by guest speakers from various institutions.   In addition, JARS will feature projects completed by Tuskegee University undergraduate and graduate students majoring but not limited to Aerospace Engineering, Agriculture, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Computer Science, Dentistry, Engineering, Integrative Biosciences, Mathematics, Material Science, Psychology, Physics, and Veterinary Medicine.  The objectives of the conference are to help undergraduate and graduate students to enhance their science communication skills and to better understand how to prepare for science careers.   Therefore, student will be given the opportunity to present their research in oral or poster format during the two days event.  If you are interested, feel free to register for or contact Dr. Richard Whittington.





Joint Annual Research Symposium Guest Speakers


Kennie Shepherd, Ph.D.
  • Assistant Professor at Morehouse School of Medicine, Biological Science

  • Toxicological Research and Food and Drug Administration


Phillip Klesius, Ph.D.
  • USDA, ARS, Aquatic Animal Health Research Unit

  • Supervisory Microbiologist and Patent Process 



Julia Pridgeon, Ph.D.

  • USDA, ARS, Aquatic Animal Health Research Unit

  • Molecular Biology and Vaccine Production 


Tyrone B. Hayes, Ph.D.

  • University of California-Berkeley, Department of Integrative Biology

  • Physiological Zoology, Environmental Science, Developmental Biology, and  Aquatic Toxicology 




JARS 2014 Abstract Submission Guidelines Oral Presentations and Poster Presentations

Deadline: Wednesday, February 12, 2014

1.  Abstract is formatted with single spacing as a Word document.
2.  Abstract is 5 ¼” (13.5 cm) wide and 4 ½” (11.5 cm) high (margins) on an 8.5" x 11" page. Do not put a border around the text area. Do not type abstract in a "text box".
3.  The title should be followed first by the authors, and then author affiliations.
4.  Designate with an asterisk (use only an asterisk) the person who is presenting at the meeting.
5.  Your abstract should be informative, containing: a) a short statement of the study’s specific objective, b) a brief statement of methods, c) a summary of the results, and d) a statement of the conclusions.
6.  Abstract is font style Times New Roman, font size 10 or larger. The abstract will be reduced for the “Proceedings”. Font sizes smaller than 10 become unreadable.
7.  The title is not underlined, bold, italic, nor entirely in upper case.
8.  Italicize only scientific words. Do not italicize the entire title or author names.
9.  Submit your abstract via email to whittingtonr@myTU.tuskegee.edu
10.  Poster boards for poster presentations should be be approximately 4’H by 8’W. The poster should start in the upper left-hand corner; from here the poster should flow from left to right and top to bottom.  The title-author(s)-sponsoring institution heading for your poster must be at the top of the board.  Use letters, numbers, or arrows to indicate the proper flow to the audience.  For the best results, choose one background color for the poster board.  To draw the audience, use contrasting colors where appropriate in charts, graphs, and diagrams.


Marsh Mellow, and Dr. Chuck Wagon, Department of Biology, Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL 36088.

This research is aimed at understanding the genetic and cellular mechanisms of aging.  Our goal is to generate strains of the nematode C. elegans that can be used for 1) predicting the longevity of individual animals, and 2) genetic analysis of mutants extended life span.  Previous work has shown that the abc-2 is over expressed in the long-lived def-2 mutant.  The def-2 mutation reduces insulin-like signaling and doubles adult life span.  To visually monitor activity of the insulin-like signaling pathway, a reporter gene encoding a jellyfish green fluorescent protein (GFP) was fused to abc-2 regulatory sequences for expression.  Since the nematode is transparent, each of its 1,000 cells can be seen in the microscope, and cells that express abc-2 can be identified by their green fluorescence.  To create a useful reporter strain, it was first necessary to inject the recombinant abc-2::GFP reporter (transgene) into the nematode germ line along with another marker gene (rol-6) to identify the genetically transformed animals.  Gamma irradiation was used to integrate the transgenes into a chromosome so all progeny would stably inherit them.  The progeny of 400 irradiated animals were screened and 11 lines appeared to carry integrated transgenes.  These are being backcrossed with the wild-type to both remove any other gamma-induced mutations, and to confirm the integration.  They will then be mated with long-lived mutation to determine if GFP expression is a predictor of longevity. (Supported by NIH Grant #XXXXXX)


The Poster board is tan and is 5' high and 5' wide.  Your poster may be prepared to fill this space or a lesser space (e.g., 3.5' by 3.5'). Leave space in the upper left comer of the board for your poster number.  This number will be provided for you and will be found in the published proceedings of the symposium.  Prepare for the top of your poster space a title board indicating the title of the poster and the authors.  Identify the person presenting the poster preferably by underlining or by indicating with an asterisk.  The lettering for the title board should be not less than 1" high.  A copy of your abstract in large type should be part of your poster.

Bear in mind that your illustrations will be viewed from distances of 3' or more.  All lettering should be at least 3/8" high, preferably in bold font.  Charts, drawings, and illustrations might well be similar to those used in making slides.  Block lettering can be used to add emphasis and clarity.  Captions should be brief and labels few and clear.  It is helpful to viewers if the sequence to be followed in studying your material is indicated by numbers, letters, or arrows.

Your poster should be self-explanatory so that you are free to supplement and discuss particular points raised by inquiry.  The poster session offers a more intimate forum for informal discussion than the slide presentation, but this becomes difficult if you are obliged to devote most of your time to merely explain your poster to a succession of visitors.  You may find it useful to have on hand a tablet of sketch paper and suitable drawing materials, but please do not write on the plywood poster boards.

Joint Annual Research Symposium 2014 Agenda

Thursay - February 27, 2014

3:00 PM - 4:00PM         JARS Judges Orientation- (Kellogg Conference Center Meeting Room D)  

3:00 PM - 4:00PM         JARS Student Presenter Orientation- (Kellogg Conference Center Meeting Room E)  

4:00 PM - 6:00PM         JARS Departmental Workshops - (Kellogg Conference Center Meeting Room D) 
                                        Professional Development Workshops - Dr. Richard Whittington

6:00 PM - 7:00PM         JARS Departmental Workshops - (Kellogg Conference Center Meeting Room D)

                                        Health Profession with Global Influence: Scholarship Workshops - James Gerity 

7:00 PM - 8:00PM         JARS Departmental Workshops - (Kellogg Conference Center Meeting Room D)

                                       Create Global Change by Attending Graduate School - Cyndi Freeman (The Ohio State University)

4:00 PM - 5:00PM         JARS Departmental Workshops - (Kellogg Conference Center Meeting Room E)

                                        Preparing for a Global Workforce: Mock Interview Session - Dr. Charles Woolsey and Garland Wise 

5:00 PM - 6:00PM         JARS Departmental Workshops - (Kellogg Conference Center Meeting Room E)

                                        Aerospace Engineering Workshop - Dr. Mohammad Khan

6:00 PM - 7:00PM         JARS Departmental Workshops - (Kellogg Conference Center Meeting Room E)

                                        Physics Workshop - Dr. Prakash Sharma and Physics Faculty Members

7:00 PM - 8:00PM         JARS Departmental Workshops - (Kellogg Conference Center Meeting Room E)

                                        Computer Science Workshop - Abdul Aswad

Friday - February 28, 2014

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM            JARS Registration Check-in  - (Kellogg Conference Center Ballroom A)

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM          Opening Ceremony with Guest Speaker Presentation – Phillip Klesius and Julia Pridgeon, Ph. D. (Kellogg Conference Center Ballroom A)

9:30 AM                               Golden Voices  - (Kellogg Conference Center Ballroom A)

10:00 AM – Noon               Poster Session 1- (Kellogg Conference Center Atrium)

12:00 AM - 1:30 PM          Lunch with Guest Speaker Presentation - Kennie Shepherd, Ph.D. (Kellogg Conference Center Ballroom A)

1:30 PM -3:30 PM              Oral Presentation Sessions  - (Kellogg Conference Center Meeting Rooms A,B, D, E)

3:30 PM - 5:30 PM             Poster Session 2- (Kellogg Conference Center Atrium)

3:30 PM - 5:30 PM             Biotech/Engineering Simulation Workshop- (gg Conference Center Meeting Rooms  E)

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM             Reception with Guest Speaker Presentation - Tyrone  B. Hayes, Ph. D. -(Kellogg Conference Center Ballroom A)