High school students get research experience


TUSKEGEE, Ala. (July 2, 2013) — For the past four weeks, students from area high schools got a chance to get hands-on research experience at the university. The Research Experience for High School Students summer program helps prepare and motivate high school students to pursue college studies leading to careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics or STEM education fields. 

The program participants are: Daphne Calhoun, a senior at Booker T. Washington High School in the City of Tuskegee; Rashun Fitzpatrick, a junior at Booker T. Washington High School; Ja’Mya Welch, a junior at Auburn High School in Auburn, Ala.; and G’Mia Whetstone, a freshman at Benjamin Russell in Alexander City, Ala. 

The students conducted their research in the Tuskegee University Center for Advanced Materials, under the supervision of Material Science faculty member, Alfred Tcherbi- Narteh, and graduate students: Vitus Apalagya, Chinedu Okoro, and Peter Owuor. Each student was assigned an undergraduate mentor (Andre Hinds and Maurice Evans, III) who provided the students guidance with laboratory skills, career path selection, time management, and preparation for college.

This year’s program included sessions and information on research, assistance with experimentation, data analysis and technical writing; workshops on time management, note taking skills, critical thinking, public speaking, dining etiquette, college admission, military branches, and ACT test preparation. There was also a field trip to tour the Mercedes Benz plant, in Vance, Ala., where they learned about the company’s work and communication philosophies and vehicle production. 

The program is sponsored by the Alabama National Science Foundation Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research grant.

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