Thanks all of the students, faculty, administrators and staff who supported our first-ever virtual undergraduate and graduate student research conference—RISE ’21 Committee
1st place, Somto Azike, Urban Affairs, “Best Practices in Merging Cybersecurity Organizations” (faculty sponsor, Dr. Claude Turner)
2nd place: Kwesi Elliott, Computer Science, “Socio-Cybersecurity” (faculty sponsor, Dr. Claude Turner)
1st place, Marnee K. McClellan, Cyberpsychology (group leader) with Katelyn J. Haschke and Jason C. McClure “Internal Motivators: How Personality, Emotion, and the Need to Belong Influence the Fear of Missing Out” (faculty sponsor, Dr. Scott Debb)
2nd place, Jonathan Valenzuela, Materials Science (group leader) with Liam Harrigan and Ajeya Dixon “Structure and Transport Properties of Single Crystal Ca1-xBaxFe2O4,x=0-0.025” (faculty sponsor, Dr. Doyle Temple)
1st place, Nelson Whitaker, Visual Studies, “The New Blue Narrative” (faculty sponsor, Professor Solomon Isekeije)
1st place, Tamia Carter, junior, Biology, “Animal Models of Alcohol Use Disorder: Dose, Sex, and Developmental Differences in Forced and Voluntary Alcohol Consumption” (faculty sponsor, Dr. Aliecia McClain)
2nd place, Kory Wells, senior, Chemistry, “Synthesis and magnetic properties of Li2Ni2Teo6” (faculty sponsor, Dr. Doyle Temple)
2nd place, Djomeni Djonkan, senior, Sociology, “The Importance of Cybersecurity Education in Organizations” (faculty sponsor, Dr. Yuying Shen)
Honorable Mention for high commendations: Gianna Locker and Danielle Tindall, Biology, “Detecting Mycobacteriophage in Soil and Sediment from the Bank of the Eastern Branch of the Elizabeth River” (faculty sponsor, Dr. Nazir Barekzi)
Research Oral Presentations
1st place, Monique Christian, junior, Biology, “(AHR) driven by mast cells associated mechanisms in a mouse model of allergic airway disease” (faculty sponsor, Dr. Aylin Marz)
2nd place, Morgan Bond, junior, Biology, “The Use of Bioinformatic Computational Programs to Study and Predict the Three Dimensional Structure and Binding Site of Protein DE” (faculty sponsor, Dr. Joseph C. Hall)
Honorable Mention for high commendations: Tia Morton and Jensyn Carr, Biology, “First Report of Microplastics in Eastern Oysters (Crassostrea virginica) in the Elizabeth River” (faculty sponsor, Dr. Ashley Haines)
1st place, Noah Wiggins, freshman, Business Finance, “Microsoft Excel for Financial Analysts” (faculty sponsor, Josephine Stanley-Brown)
2nd place, Niya Grant, freshman, Business Marketing, “Analyzing Financial Information with Excel” (faculty sponsor, Josephine Stanley-Brown)
Greetings and congratulations to the graduate and undergraduate students presenting in this year’s virtual Research Innovation Symposium and Exhibition/RISE 2021! Thank you to the faculty for their mentorship and participation as judges. Academic conferences provide a medium to learn about cutting-edge scholarship, share best practices and advance our understanding of various topics. The presentations this year from graduate and undergraduate students include innovative presentations on Excel, artistic exhibitions, and research posters and oral presentations on a myriad of topics including Cybersecurity to Text Anxiety to Coping with Mental Health as College Students during a global pandemic. These presentations demonstrate just a fraction of the concepts, practices, experiments, discussions and research our students, led by their faculty mentors, have been able to execute in the midst of a global pandemic! As Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, I applaud our students, faculty, and staff on their enterprising efforts and encourage us all to persist to demonstrate the excellence in academics at NSU. Lastly, thank you to the committee for their efforts in organizing this week’s events. Please attend the mid-day forums on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and the keynote on Thursday @ 12:30pm featuring Mr. Clayton P. Turner, the first African American director of NASA Langley Research.
DoVeanna S. Fulton, PhD
Thank you for participating in RISE 2021, NSU’s Undergraduate and Graduate Research Innovation Symposium and Exhibition!
The committee appreciates the support, efforts, and contributions of our students, faculty, administration, and staff. We wish to thank Provost Fulton and the Office of Academic Affairs, the Lyman Beecher Brooks Library, the Office of Communications and Marketing, and all of the faculty, administration, and staff mentors and judges.
We encourage all to view the various presentations and participate (by voting) in the 3-Minute Thesis Exhibition featuring Graduate Students!
This conference is a small sampling of the excellence in learning, research, scholarship and creativity of our students at NSU. In spite of a global pandemic and a mix of hybrid, virtual, remote and in-person learning, our students persist to generate knowledge, engage in discovery and share their research.
Behold, the Green and Gold!
RISE ‘21 Committee
Dr. Khadijah O. Miller, Interim Dean, Robert C. Nusbaum Honors College & Committee Chair
Dr. Ernestine A. W. Duncan, Professor of Psychology, College of Liberal Arts
Dr. Desi Hacker, Assistant Dean, School of Graduate Studies and Research
Dr. Aliecia McClain, Director, DNIMAS and Professor of Chemistry, College of Science, Engineering & Technology
Dr. Cynthia S. Nicholson, Assistant Professor of Secondary Education and Leadership, School of Education
Ms. Cyanna Rodney-Hill, Interim Media Center Manager, Lyman Beecher Brooks Library
Mrs. Mia Smith, General Coordinator, RCN Honors College
Mrs. Josephine B. Stanley-Brown, Instructor, School of Business
Dr. Sandra Williamson-Ashe, Associate Professor of Social Work, Ethelyn R. Strong School of Social Work