Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program
Fifth Annual McNair Scholars Research Symposium and Awards Ceremony
Friday, July 14, 2000 at 1:00p.m.
Dr. Robert L. Belle, Jr.
Director, Office of Federal TRIO Programs
Dr. Cheryl J. Lewis,
Principal Investigator/Director of TRIO Programs
|Ms. Jannie Anderson,|
| Dr. Cheryl J.
|Dr. Cheryl J.
|Dr. Robert L. Belle,
Director of the Office
of Federal TRIO Programs
Director of the Office of Federal TRIO Programs,
Higher Education Programs
Robert Belle joined the U.S. Department of Education in 1998 as the Director of the Office of Federal TRIO
Programs. His career has encompassed many aspects of higher education - all dedicated to promoting
access to higher education for individuals from underrepresented groups. He has teaching experience at the
elementary, secondary, and collegiate levels. His administrative experience is diverse. He has served as an
administrator of the following programs; an Upward Bound Project, an Education Center for Adults, an Office
of Minority Affairs, a statewide Affirmative Action Program, and Student Affairs. Additionally, his work
entailed working with government officials who enacted legislation pertaining to equal access and diversity
initiatives in higher education.
His undergraduate degree is in Elementary Education from Glassboro State Teachers College, now Rowan University, a Masters in Pupil Personnel Services from Seton Hall University, and a Doctorate in Counseling Education from Lehigh University.
Dr. Belle has conducted workshops for students, parents, professionals, and paraprofessionals on a variety of educational topics and issues. His public speaking engagements are widely known for his expressions of passion and feeling.
Recently, Bob Belle served as the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Higher Education Programs in the U.S. Department of Education. Currently, he is the Director of the Office of Federal TRIO Programs.
Bob's motto is:
Always believe that what you do today is preparation for something better tomorrow.
(Dr. Samuel DeWitt Proctor)
Jannie Anderson is a rising senior who is majoring in Biology/Premedicine. Jannie recognized at an early age
that she had a keen interest in the world of science. She plans to further her education and wants to pursue
a M.D./Ph.D. program.
Jannie has been on the Vice Chancellor's List and has received other Honor Roll accolades. She is actively involved inside and outside of the classroom. Some of her extracurricular activities include Track Team and captain of the University Band's Flag Squad, Laboratory Assistant, New Generation Campus Ministries, the Essence of Praise Gospel Choir, SGA and Student Leadership Academy. Jannie is a team player and exhibits exemplary leadership capability.
Emanuel Basnight, Jr. is a native of Elizabeth City, North Carolina. Basnight was on the Honor Roll and is an active member of the Psychology Club and Psi Chi (National Honor Society for Psychology majors).
He is a rising junior. His career plans include obtaining a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and ultimately, owning a consulting firm.
Kenya Bethea is from Wilmington, North Caorlina. She is a rising senior with a major in Psychology. After graduation, Kenya plans to attend graduate school where she will specialize in Child Psychology.
Kimberly Carter is from Chesterfield, Virginia and is a rising senior. Kimberly is a Psychology major with a minor in Spanish. In April 2000, she was selected as Who's Who. She is actively involved in the following clubs/organizations: Alpha Psi Omega, Phi Beta Lamba, Psychology Club, Resident Assistant, Viking Assisting New Students(VANS), University Choir and the University Players. She also was the 2nd Attendant to Miss ECSU.
Upon graduation, Kimberly plans to attend graduate school and study Neuropsychology, Psychopharmacology, Marriage and Family Counseling, Clinical Psychology or Health Psychology.
Catreina Cherry is a rising junior majoring in biology. She is a certified nursing assistant and enjoys working with children and the elderly. Her research interest is epidemiology. Upon graduation, she plans to go to graduate and/or professional school.
Uyless Dewberry, Jr. is a native of Kansas City, Missouri. Dewberry, a student-athlete majored in Biology and minored in Biotechnology. He has conducted research under Dr. Maurice C. Powers at Elizabeth City State University Environmental Research Lab, the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program and the United States Division of Coastal Management of North Carolina. As a result of this hands-on experience, he developed a passion for the protection of life and the environment. He has been accepted at Saint Louis University's School of Law for academic year 2000-01. He plans to be a successful environmental lawyer.
Clarice Johnson is an honor student who is majoring in Biology. Clarice is a rising senior. She is the recipient of a number of awards such as the National Dean's List, Who's Who, Chancellor's Distinguished Emblem Award, Challenger Award, and the Curtis D. Turnage Award.
Clarice wants to pursue a career as a Physical Therapist and/or in medicine. Her research experience includes "The Response of Neural Activity in the Paraventicular Nucleus, to Osmotic Stimuli in Conscious Rat" under the Excellence in Cardiovascular Sciences Summer Research Program (Wake Forest University) and "The Effect of Different Cloning Vectors of the Expression of Acetohydroxy Acid Synthase Activity Derived from a Cloned Chromosomal Fragment of Eschericia Coli K-12" with the Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program (Elizabeth City State University).
Waquita Lane is a 1997 graduate of Weldon High School in Weldon, NC. She graduated with honors and was the Class Valedictorian. Waquita is a Biology major who expects to graduate with honors in May 2001. In the spring of 1999, she was inducted into the Honor Society and received the Chancellor's Distinguished Emblem Award. In the spring of 2000, she was selected as Who's Who. Recently, she was bestowed the crown of Miss Elizabeth City State University. Upon graduation, she plans to earn a master of science degree in Physical Therapy.
Marlon Linton resides in Acre Station, North Carolina located in Beaufort County. He is a rising senior and a psychology major. He is affiliated with the following organizations and clubs: Psychology Club and Concerned Black Awareness Council. After graduation, Marlon plans to attend graduate school and study Industrial/Organizational Psychology. It is his desire to own a consulting firm.
Melvin Mattocks is a Computer Science major with a minor in Airway Science. He is expected to graduate in May 2002. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree, he plans to attend graduate school. During the summer of 1999, Melvin worked as an internist at the Naval Research Laboratories' Virtual Reality Lab in Washington, DC. There, he maintained and updated their web site.
Melvin is an honor student who has been awarded the Naval Research Scholar Award, ONR-Nurturing ECSU Reseach Program Award, Vice Chancellor's List, Honor Roll, Mr. Math and Computer Science Club, and All-American Scholar Collegiate Award.
Cicero Roldan, Jr. is a non-traditional student. He is a 21 year Air Force veteran with 13 years experience as a Traffic Management Supervisor. He is a Geology major with a minor in Environmental Science. His expected graduation date is May 2001. He plans to obtain a masters degree and doctorate in one of the following areas: Environmental Science, Water Resource Management or Environmental Management. Cicero would also like to teach on the collegiate level.
Samantha Royster-Cunningham is from Richmond, Virginia who graduated in the top 10 percent of her class from Henrico High School. She has received numerous honors and is active in school and in her community. She has consistently been on the Honor Roll and was recently selected as Who's Who. She is a member of the Health Careers Club, and Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society.
Currently, she is a rising senior with a major in Pre-medicine and a minor in Biotechnology and Chemistry. After graduating from Elizabeth City State University, she hopes to attend a prestigious graduate school and receive a master of science degree in Forensic Science. Ultimately, she would like to be a Forensic Pathologist.
Garrick Scott is a Student Computer Technician. He is a Computer and Information Science major. He is proficient in several programming languages (BASIC, C++, COBOL, and HTML), and able to operate a variety of hardware platforms and software applications. Garrick is an Incentive Scholar, a member of the National Honor Society, has been on the Dean's List for 6 semesters and was elected Who's Who. He plans to earn a masters degree in Computer Science.
Leeka Sock is a rising junior who is majoring in Biology/Pre-medicine. She is from Gambia, West Africa. She enjoys working with children and would like to contribute to the health and wellness of young children. She plans to attend graduate school to pursue a career in the Health Sciences arena.
Leeka is a lab assistant in the Cell Biology Laboratory at Elizabeth City State University. She is a member of the International Students Club, Pep Squad, and Student Leadership Academy. She has been on the Vice Chancellor's List twice and the Honor Roll.
Keisha Stephenson is a Biology major with a minor in Chemistry. It is her dream to become a successful biologist. Under the direction of Dr. Michael Winrow, she assisted with microbial research and is currently engaging in research pertinent to molecular cloning.
Keisah was the president of her freshman and sophomore class. She is an Incentive Scholar, Viking Assisting New Students(VANS), a member of the Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society, and volunteers at Girls Incorporated of the Albemarle.
Khalilah Taylor is from Murfreesboro, North Carolina. She is a rising junior who is majoring in biology/Pre-medicine with a minor in Chemistry. Her professional goal is to receive a masters degree in biology and a doctorate in hematology. She was the Treasurer of the Sophomore class. She is a member of the Health Careers Club, Science Club, Pep Squad, and Student Leadership Academy.
Validation Data for the Determination Pentoxifylline in Porcine (PIG)
Plasma Using High Pressure Liquid Chromatography
Samantha Royster-Cunningham, Biology
Lekka Sock, Biology
Khalilah Taylor, Biology
Mentor: Mr. David B. Hankins, Biology Department
The Effect of Different Cloning Vectors of the Expression of Acetohydroxy Acid Synthase Activity Derived from a Cloned Chromosomal Fragment of Eschericia Coli K-12.
Catrenia Cherry, Biology
Clarice Johnson, Biology
Keisha Stephenson, Biology
Mentor: Dr. Michael A. Winrow, Biology Department
Some Methods of Solving Systems of Equations
Mentor: Dr. Johnny L. Houston, Math and Computer Science Department
Creating Fractals Using C++ Program
Mentor: Dr. Johnny L. Houston, Math and Computer Science Department
A Study of Spatial Distribution and Health of the Chamaecyparis Thyoides on Elizabeth City State University's Dismal Swamp Property
Cicero Roland, Geosciences
Mentor: Mr. Samuel Chambers, Geosciences Department
What is Requin au Four? The Effects of Gender and the Male Answer Syndrome On Perceptions of Targets in a First Date Situation
Kenya Bethea, Psychology
Kimberly Carter, Psychology
Marlon Linton, Psychology
Mentor: Dr. Scott D. Bradshaw, Psychology Department
|Presentation of Awards|| Dr. Cheryl J. Lewis,|
Principal Investigator/Director of TRIO Programs
| Mrs. Anislie K. Jones, |
| Mrs. Lu Ann J. Nickelson,|
Daily Advance News Article|
McNair Scholars Honored For Research
Sixteen ECSU students participated in program
By Scot Romanoski
Sixteen Elizabeth City State University students participating in a summer program
named for shuttle astronaut Ronald
McNair presented the findings of their research projects Friday at a banquet in their
The students were participants in the Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program, a national project designed to encourage minority college students to pursue academics beyond a four-year undergraduate degree.
"We showcase the abilities of our scholars", Dr. Cheryl Lewis, director of the program at ECSU, said.
Presentations included students' original research in blood circulation, cloning vectors, use of computers in mathematics, trees in the Dismal Swamp and gender behavior. The students worked with professors from the biology, math and computer science, geosciences and psychology departments.
Students working on biology projects included Waquita Lane, Samatha Royster-Cunningham, Leeka Sock, Khalilah Taylor, Jannie Anderson, Catreina Cherry, Clarice Johnson and Keisha Stephenson.
Melvin Lee Mattocks and Garrick Scott worked on math and computer projects, while Uyless Dewberry and Cicero Roland studied trees on ECSU property near the Dismal Swamp. Emanuel Basnight, Keyna Bethea, Kimberly Carter and Marlon Linton, meanwhile, studied gender behavior as part of a project in psychology.
Currently, 3,000 students participate in the McNair program at 156 locations across the country. Named for one of the seven Challenger crew memebers tragically killed in the 1986 shuttle disaster, the McNair program is part of the U.S. Department of Education's TRIO programs.
"There are some colleges and universities that would not host a program like this", Robert Belle, director of the Federal Office of TRIO Programs, said in his address to banquet attendees.
"What McNair is about is building a house of the future", he said, reminding students that they should always feel the need to learn.
"Always believe that what you do today is preparation for something better tomorrow", he said.