Gabrielle S. Johnson, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) Biology major in the Department of Natural Sciences, won First Place for Oral Presentation in the Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences category of the 2018 Emerging Researchers National (ERN) Conference in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), held in Washington D.C. on February 22-24, 2018. The Emerging Researchers National Conference is an annual student conference hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF).
Gabrielle’s presentation entitled “Colorectal Cancer Screening Intentions in Two Community Settings: Is There a Difference?”, resulted from research conducted in the summer of 2016 under the guidance of Dr. Clement Gwede, a Senior Researcher in Health Outcomes and Behavior at Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, Florida. Gabrielle’s research experience at Moffitt Cancer Center was funded by the Florida-Georgia Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (FGLSAMP), a partnership with the National Science Foundation to significantly increase the numbers of STEM baccalaureate, masters and Ph.D. recipients through the implementation of best practices.
Gabrielle’s preparation for the 2018 Emerging Researchers National Conference in STEM was aided by instructional enhancements to the B-CU undergraduate biology program that includes techniques for effective interpretation of results obtained from complex data analysis. The biology curriculum enhancements include an emphasis on data expertise and are funded by grants from the National Science Foundation and U.S. Department of Energy.
The opportunities for Bethune-Cookman University STEM majors to excel at professional conferences are afforded by National Science Foundation funded projects including (1) “Quantitative Expertise in the Undergraduate Biology Curriculum (QEUBiC)” directed by Dr. Raphael D. Isokpehi; (2) Effects of Socioscientific Argumentation Development on Student Academic Success” directed by Dr. Hector N. Torres; and (3) Florida-Georgia Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (FGLSAMP) at B-CU directed by Dr. Danyell Wilson.