Three Morris College Biology Students Participate in Summer Internship

June 14, 2021

Pictured from left to right are Kelise Gadsen, Taren Dubose, and Takeara Robinson.

On Friday, June 4, 2021, three Morris College Biology students reported to Savannah State University in Savannah, Ga. for their 10-week summer research internship. In preparation for completing the internship, the students attended a two-hour virtual orientation boot camp on Thursday, June 3, 2021. The Morris College students are joining 22 other students from campuses all over the United States.  Their mentor, Dr. Radman Ali, chairman of the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics selected the three students to do summer research on the basis of their excellent academic achievement and keen interest in environmental issues. The three students became members of the Mentorship Environmental Scholarship (MES) program which is a collaborative effort between the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the Pre-College University (PCU).  DOE paid all the internship expenses.  Mr. Clarence Brown, a frequent participant in Science in Action Week, is the director of PCU.

The purpose of MES is to provide talented undergraduate students with exposure to research and educational opportunities that are available in several DOE participating sites.

In addition to their research, the three students will attend a three-day Teaching Radiation Energy and Technology workshop at USC-Aiken, and will visit the Savannah River Site Laboratory. Their research mentor at Savannah State is Dr. Kenneth Sajwan. The three students are Takeara Robinson, junior; Kelise Gadsden, junior; and Taren Dubose, sophomore.

Dr. Ali and Ms. Angela Ruth conducted a Zoom meeting with the three students on May 25 to prepare them for the internship and to discuss with them the research expectations and the deliverables stated in the Morris College internship manual.

The three research scholars will present their research in a PowerPoint to the college community in September 2021.  They will attend a post-internship conference either in Washington D.C. or in a virtual setting (if the Covid-19 restrictions remain in effect).

Dr. Ali and the divisional faculty and staff are proud of the achievements of the burgeoning research scientists and will continue to provide future summer research opportunities for them and other capable students.