The Strada Education Network initiated the Strada HBCU Initiative in 2022 to focus on the next generation of leaders. This is a highly selective program that provides an academic scholarship, leadership development, academic support and critical social engagement resulting in positive secondary learning opportunities that lead to a meaningful career pathway for Strada Scholar.
The first cohort of Scholars was selected at Miles College in the fall of 2023. Under the leadership of three advisors (Dr. Esther Suswam, Mr. Keith McKendall and Dr. Steven E. Hairston) each of the students will undertake and participate in mentoring, career coaching and other work-based learning experiences.
The three inaugural Strada Scholars and their program area of study are Dariya Jones (Chemistry), Kayla Hardrick (Biology) and Abigail Boudreaux (Biology). In addition to academic scholarship support and programming, each scholar has access to a stipend to assist them with career or graduates school preparation
The Miles College Strada Scholars are committed to initiating a community service project in the spring of 2024 to celebrate the 125th Anniversary of the Founding of Miles College.
Details provided by Kayla Hardrick
Congratulations to our Physics REU Expo Winners: Lea Hebert, Chandni Bhat, Oscar Allen and Karim Haddad
Grambling State University
2nd Place Engineering
Mentors: Dr. Vinoy Thomas & Grad Student Renjith Pillai
University of Alabama
2nd Place Engineering
Mentor Dr. Jonathan Burns
Middle Tennessee State University
3rd Place Works in Progress
Mentor: Dr. Pengfei Wang
FTPP/RIPP REU Karim Haddad
University of Alabama at Birmingham
3rd Place (Tie) Physical and Applied Science
Mentor Dr. Renato Camata
Meet our 2023 Summer REU participants: (front l-r): Oscar Allen, Taylor Brown, Edwina Brown, Maurissa Higgins, Jadyn Parker, Jada Paige, Karim Haddad
(Back row l-r): David Heson, Lea Hebert, Sophia Cornelius, Isaiah Bastien, Victor Cordero, Isaac Mendez, Mikhail Guchkov, Wesley Sutton, Jonathan Perkins
Another successful Summer REU program has come and gone. It was our pleasure to host this exceptional group of students from across the country.
You can check out the slideshow of the REUs in action in their research labs.
We look forward to next year’s program. Application for Summer 2024 will be available online December 1, 2023.
Submitted by 2022 REU Jayden Ratcliffe
The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)’s Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program enabled me to participate in computational high-entropy materials research with Dr. Cheng-Chien Chen, where I learned a great deal about machine learning methods and high-entropy borides. He invited me to present our research at a poster expo at the Southeastern Section of the American Physical Society (SESAPS) conference in Oxford, MS. Taking part in the conference was a fantastic opportunity for me to attend talks about physics research across the country, support my mentor and colleagues from UAB, and present my own research.
Dr. Chen and his Ph.D. students gave highly informative talks about their specific research topics. I was also able to attend lectures given by several of my professors from my home college, Mississippi State University. There were so many various categories of physics lectures I could choose to attend, and I really appreciated that diversity. I was very fascinated in the astrophysics lecture session, where they discussed research on black holes and exoplanets.
At the poster expo I was able to discuss my research with students and professors. It was a wonderful way for me to become more comfortable talking about my research to people of diverse backgrounds. During my REU at UAB I presented at the poster expo, and this thoroughly prepared me for my presentation at the SESAPS convention. I want to thank UAB for their continuous support and Dr. Chen for all his challenging work in helping me succeed. I have learned so much from these experiences, and they will aid me in furthering my career in physics.
Join us in congratulating our 2022 Research Experiences for Undergraduates Summer Expo winners.
2nd Place – Engineering
Hugh is a student at the University of the South
1st Place – Physical and Applied Sciences
Aniket attends Georgia Tech
2nd Place – Physical and Applied Science
Carolina is a student at Auburn University
3rd Place – Works in Progress
Claurissa attends Florida Memorial University