Showing posts with label students. Show all posts
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Saturday, March 07, 2015

FAMU sociology students prepare for Selma Anniversary research trip

A group of nine FAMU sociology students are heading to Selma this weekend, an Alabama town where activists staged events that forever changed voting rights in America.

The students will attend the Free Thinkers Forum honoring the work of eight courageous, unsung community heroes who fought for voting rights in the 1960s.

FAMU students will participate in and observe activities commemorating the historic Selma march and subsequent Voting Rights Act of 1965. They will use their notes and photographs from the trip to develop a research presentation and publication.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

FAMU engineering seniors awarded Ford Blue Oval Scholarships

Carren Brown, a FAMU senior in mechanical engineering and Nandi Sevillian, a FAMU senior in electrical engineering, were named recipients of the 2014 Ford Blue Oval Scholarship from Ford Motor Company. The two students will also serve as interns at Ford Motor this upcoming summer.

The Ford Blue Oval Scholarship is an award of $2,000 and is paid directly to the recipient's school to help offset college expenses. Students who have distinguished themselves through outstanding academic achievement and personal excellence are chosen to receive this honor.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Lexus awards “Versus and Flow” Scholarships to two FAMU students

Lexus has awarded “Verses and Flow” Scholarships to two FAMU students, Tatyana Smith and Zemoria Johnson. The recipients will receive $5,000 each in recognition of their community leadership and academic excellence.

The scholarships are part of a partnership between Lexus and ten Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). A total of 19 students will receive them.

“In alignment with the Lexus Pursuit of Potential initiative to support our youth, we are proud of the work these scholarship recipients are doing in school and in their communities,” said Brian Smith, Lexus vice president, marketing. “These HBCU student leaders have the tools to succeed and we expect they'll do great things for society in the future.”

The “Verses and Flow” Scholarships are named after the “Versus and Flow” program on TV One, which features poetry, spoken word and music.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

FAMU civil engineering Ph.D. student runs her first half marathon

FAMU civil engineering Ph.D. student Shannon Anderson is part of a running group in Tallahassee that encourages women, in particular black women, to get-up-and-get-running, called Black Girls Run.

"We train together several times a week and sign-up for different runs near-by or around the state," said Shannon. "The Divas Half Marathon (13 miles) in St. Augustine, FL over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend was the first time I ran a half marathon."

The Divas Half Marathon series celebrates women and was a fun first long race for Shannon. She came in 59th in her age group, finishing at 2:31:53.

"Everyone who crossed the finish line got one of those big medals," remarked Shannon. "My next half (marathon) will probably be the Tallahassee Half in February. The goal by this time next year is to finish a full marathon. I will need a COE tee shirt for that!"

Shannon is planning on getting some of the other girls at the College of Engineering to come running with her and the group as well.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

CNN dubs Hansberry a “whiz kid” who represents the “future of medicine”

CNN has named FAMU chemistry student Tony Hansberry one of its eight “whiz kids” who “are the future of medicine.”

From the CNN profile:

Tony Hansberry, 20, Jacksonville, Florida

Tony Hansberry was likely the only 14-year-old boy making a difference in gynaecology. Attending a high school with a program geared towards medicine gave Hansberry the chance to intern at the nearby UF Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Florida. There, he was challenged to improve how the vaginal cuff (the top of the vagina) is sutured after a hysterectomy. Typically, the cuff is sewn together with a horizontal stitch to decrease the risk of infection after surgery, but Hansberry suggested that a vertical stitch might be faster.

Friday, August 01, 2014

FAMU student wins national Lambda Iota Tau scholarship

FAMU student Clare Mobley has been awarded one of two annual $1,000 scholarships presented by Lambda Iota Tau (LIT), a national literary society.

Mobley is a senior English student from Kingston, Jamaica and member of the Beta Delta Chapter of LIT at FAMU. She decided to enter the national competition as a part of her personal preparation to develop a thick skin and learn to receive constructive criticism.

“I am an aspiring creative writer anticipating graduate school, and I wanted to become accustomed to complete strangers critiquing my work,” said Mobley. “When I learned about the competition, I realized that this forum would be a good place to start.”

Thursday, July 03, 2014

FAMU environmental science student engaged in research at NOAA

While many college students are relaxing during the summer, FAMU doctoral candidate Daryl Sibble is taking a different route. Sibble is spending his summer wrapping up groundbreaking research at an internship with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

A student in the School of the Environment, Sibble is one of only two students to receive NOAA’s first Educational Partnership Program (EPP) Graduate Research and Training Scholarship. This national scholarship program affords him $45,000 to support his participation in extensive research opportunities with NOA

Sibble’s research focuses on yielding information that will help develop optimum practices for the application of fertilizer in agriculture, specifically fertilizer that uses ammonium nitrate, which can be a threat to human health. This threat occurs when plants do not use all of the fertilizer added to soil and as a result some of the nitrate is removed with rainwater runoff and some of the ammonium becomes ammonia. The ammonia leaves the soil as a harmful gas and enters the atmosphere.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Santaluces High School valedictorian choses FAMU pharmacy school

Jazz-Lynn Butler performs a step routine.
In Fall 2014, the valedictorian of Santaluces High School in Lantana, Fla. will join the new freshman class at FAMU. She has accepted an offer of admission into the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

From the Palm Beach Post:

Jazz-Lynn Butler doesn’t just have an unusual name - The 18-year-old Boynton Beach resident will tell you herself, she’s different.

“I was born with an umbilical cord wrapped around my left foot,” said Butler. “I was just born different, I’m very unusual.”

So it wasn’t a shocker when she stood out once again, academically, as Santaluces High School’s 2014 valedictorian. Her GPA was 3.88 but she confesses her HPA of 4.65 put her above the competition by merely a point.

Friday, June 20, 2014

FAMU is best fit for Marianna High School valedictorian

Among the many top scholars who will join the FAMU student body this fall will be Jasmine Mount, a 17-year-old who graduated from Marianna (Fla.) High School earlier this month equipped with an associate degree in nursing and a nursing assistant certification from the state of Florida. She served as the valedictorian of her class.

Mount will pursue a bachelor’s degree in nursing and is the recipient of the FAMU High School & Community College Two-Year Scholarship and the FAMU National Alumni Association (NAA) Northwest Florida Chapter Scholarship.

“My biggest motivating factor is making something out of myself,” said Mount, reflecting on the accomplishments she’s made at such a young age. “I want to be successful and achieve greatness because I know I have the potential to do so.”

Friday, June 06, 2014

Engineering student takes green ambitions to Nigeria

FAMU mechanical engineering doctoral candidate Renee Gordon is the first student in the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering to be named a Fulbright Scholar. Her research will focus on using biomass, specifically Nigeria’s cassava leaves, as a green alternative to case hardening steel. She will reside at Nigeria’s Federal University of Technology (FUT) in Akure, which partners with FAMU in a mutual teaching and research exchange program.

According to Gordon, receiving the Fulbright grant brings her closer to fulfilling her desire to do something “forward thinking and innovative” with the indigenous resources of Nigeria. Her goal upon completing her Ph.D. is to work in green engineering with a focus on sustainable and alternative energy and to eventually return to FAMU as a professor to share her knowledge and experiences with others.

Saturday, May 03, 2014

Father and son to graduate during FAMUs spring commencement

They share the same name, same talents and same philosophies; and on Saturday, May 3, father and son duo Sherwood Brown Sr. and Sherwood Brown Jr. will walk across the same stage to receive their diplomas from FAMU’s School of Business and Industry (SBI).

Sherwood Sr. will receive his MBA from FAMU’s online degree program and Sherwood Jr. will receive his bachelor’s degree in business administration.

“It was not planned,” said Sherwood Jr. “We just looked up one day and realized that we would both be graduating at the same time.”

For the Browns, their shared graduation date may have been happenstance, but a simple conversation with the pair quickly reveals that the conferring of their degrees on Saturday is symbolic of the effectiveness of their family’s resilient spirit and their mantra: “If you start something, finish it.”

Friday, May 02, 2014

FAMU graduating senior accepted into six medical schools

FAMU graduating senior Nellena Adekoya has a lot to smile about. On Saturday, May 3, she will be among more than 1,300 candidates who will receive diplomas during FAMU’s spring 2014 commencement ceremonies.

Behind Adekoya’s infectious smile is also the excitement of beginning her journey to obtain the title of doctor.

The Grayson, Ga. native has accomplished the phenomenal feat of being accepted into six medical schools: the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, the Meharry Medical College, the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, the Florida State University College of Medicine, the Indiana University School of Medicine and the Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine. She’s decided to attend the Medical College of Georgia, which is located near her hometown.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

FAMU student garners national boxing title, feature in Sports Illustrated

FAMU is the home of the 2014 U.S. Intercollegiate Boxing Association’s heavyweight champion.

FAMU student Willie Ferrell not only took home the championship belt earlier this month, but also defended his title as the 2013 heavyweight champion.

Ferrell’s journey to triumph in the boxing ring is depicted in the April 14 issue of Sports Illustrated, which is available now on newsstands and online.

The multi-page feature in Sports Illustrated also stories Ferrell’s extraordinary relationship with his late brother Jonathan, a former Rattler football player, whose controversial 2013 death has been attributed to alleged racial profiling.

Ferrell’s inspiring story of how his brother, even in death, encouraged him to defend his title is also told in an issue of FAMU’s A&M magazine.

“I was proud to represent my brother. I was proud that I was able to show the world what FAMU has to offer,” said Ferrell about what it felt like to be handed the championship belt once again.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

FAMU student named “Advocate of the Year” by AIPAC

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) named FAMU graduate student Julian Coakley a 2014 “Advocate of the Year” at its national policy conference in Washington, D.C.

Coakley, who is pursuing a Master of Applied Social Sciences with a concentration in public administration, was one of only six students to receive the award and the only student representing a historically black college or university (HBCU) among the group.

According to AIPAC, the “Advocate of the Year” award honors “inspiring individuals who demonstrate advocacy at its best and – with courage and conviction – exert a compelling influence on a national level.”

During the conference, Coakley was also selected out of 10,000 participating students and community activists to serve on the AIPAC national committee, a panel of approximately 150 advocates, activists and officials from around the nation.

Monday, February 24, 2014

White House names two FAMU students HBCU All-Stars

The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (WHIHBCU) has named two FAMU students “HBCU All-Stars.”

FAMU students Jazmyne Simmons and Jamil McGinnis were selected from an application pool of 445 students to become HBCU ambassadors to the White House.

To qualify as an “HBCU All-Star” students must display excellence in academics and community involvement.

According to WHIHBCU Executive Director and FAMU alumnus George Cooper, the students will assist the White House in accomplishing its mission of “engaging with the next generation of leaders who will graduate from HBCUs and go on to make meaningful contributions to society.”

Friday, February 07, 2014

NFL hopeful, engineering student receives Hercules Scholarship

FAMU linebacker William “Luke” Helms is one step closer to fulfilling his dreams of becoming a petroleum engineer and pursuing a career in the NFL.

The Tom Joyner Foundation has awarded Helms, 19, a $1,500 Hercules Scholarship to use toward books, tuition and on-campus living expenses. The scholarship is designed to encourage young men to complete their degree programs, in order to pursue a career field that will provide a better quality of life for others.

Helms, a freshman, is the fifth student to receive the scholarship this month in conjunction with the university’s recognition as the Tom Joyner Foundation “School of the Month.” He was awarded the scholarship on today’s airing of the “Tom Joyner Morning Show.”

Sunday, February 02, 2014

Emmanuel Emerson receives Tom Joyner Foundation scholarship

FAMU School of Business and Industry student Emmanuel Emerson’s commitment to academic
excellence and community service is paying off – literally.

Today, Emerson was named the fourth of five FAMU students to receive the Tom Joyner Foundation Hercules Scholarship during the month of January.

Tom Joyner, radio personality, philanthropist and founder of the foundation, recognized Emerson on today’s airing of the nationally syndicated “Tom Joyner Morning Show.”

The scholarship is being awarded in conjunction with the foundation’s School of the Month recognition program, which highlights FAMU as its January “School of the Month.”

Emerson will receive a $1,500 scholarship to use toward tuition, books and on-campus living. He maintains a 3.9 GPA, while serving as a resident assistant and an active member of the Chief Financiers Organization and National Association of Black Accountants.

Friday, January 24, 2014

FAMU football player receives Tom Joyner Foundation Hercules Scholarship

FAMU student Richard Johnson has been named the third of five FAMU students who will receive a Tom Joyner Foundation Hercules Scholarship during the month of January.

The scholarship is being awarded in conjunction with the foundation’s School of the Month recognition program, which highlights FAMU as its January “School of the Month.”

Joyner will announce the scholarship recipients each Thursday of the month and recognized Johnson on today’s airing of the “Tom Joyner Morning Show.”

“I was surprised and ecstatic when I heard I was selected,” said Johnson, 18, a freshman nursing student from Gainesville, Fla. “I just want to thank God for granting me the opportunity to earn this scholarship.”

Saturday, January 18, 2014

FAMU student honored with Barbara L. Frye Journalism Scholarship

FAMU journalism student LaCrai Mitchell was recently named the recipient of the Barbara L. Frye Journalism Scholarship, presented by the Florida Capitol Press Corps.

Mitchell, a junior, is one of 12 students to be presented with the $2,000 scholarship, which is awarded annually to graduating high school seniors and college students planning to pursue a career in journalism. This year’s winners were chosen from a record number of applicants and a competitive field of promising journalists.

In the spring, Mitchell interned with WLRN- Miami Herald News and the director of the internship program recommended that she apply for the scholarship. A few months later, another internship coordinator suggested she apply as well. Their recommendations paid off.

“I was excited and surprised,” Mitchell said of receiving the scholarship.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Dyren Brown named a Tom Joyner Foundation Hercules Scholar

FAMU biology/pre-med student Dyren Brown,18, has been named the second of five students who
will receive a Tom Joyner Foundation Hercules Scholarship during the month of January.

The scholarship is being awarded in conjunction with the foundation’s School of the Month recognition program, which highlights FAMU as its January “School of the Month.”

Joyner will announce the scholarship recipients each Thursday of this month. Brown was recognized on today’s airing of the “Tom Joyner Morning Show.”

Brown, a native of Orlando, Fla., holds a 4.0 GPA and hopes to attend the University of North Carolina School of Medicine after completing his undergraduate studies at FAMU. He plans to become a doctor and pursue a career in dermatology.

According to Brown, he chose to pursue medicine after realizing that many minorities lack the proper care and guidance needed to live healthy lives. He wants to use his role as a future doctor to enlighten the community.