UMES plays host to 5th annual research symposium
PRINCESS ANNE, MD – (April 15, 2014) – The School
of Graduate Studies at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore holds its
Regional Research Symposium Thursday at the Student Services Center on campus.
of student-researchers and faculty from UMES and other schools will participate
in the fifth-annual event organized to draw attention to the scholarly work
taking place at a historically black institution.
really do quality research on this campus,” says Jennifer Keane-Dawes, dean of
UMES’ School of Graduate Studies. “This is a chance for us to showcase that.”
was instrumental in launching the day-long symposium, which attracts researchers
from other University System of Maryland institutions as well as this year colleges
and universities from as far away as Michigan, Ohio, Alabama, Georgia and
said the gathering exposes UMES students to other institutions and potential future
symposium participants will hear from Dr. George Cooper, executive director of
the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, as
the keynote speaker at lunch.
Cooper’s participation is something we are very excited about,” Keane-Dawes
said. “Having someone of his stature come to our campus says a lot about what
we are trying to accomplish with this event every year.”
the day, participants, visitors and guests can see 62 posters on display and
hear nearly five dozen oral presentations throughout the day.
Imani Brown will present her findings on “Can Online Streaming Music Shift
Consumer Preferences.” Gabriel Charles, another UMES student, has been
researching how “Spiritually Oriented Users Choose and Use Online Spiritual
said she is pleased two high schools, working in concert with UMES researchers,
will participate in this year’s poster presentation category.
High School students have been working with UMES’ Joseph Pitula and graduate
student Kristen Lycett on how “dinoflagellates” affect the Newport Bay watershed
near Berlin in Worcester County. Students from James River High School in
Richmond have partnered with UMES’ Paulinus Chigbu on studying the “Ecology of
the Bay Anchovy in Maryland’s Coast Bays.”
Trotman, lead program and policy analyst for the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration, will kick off the 2014 symposium as guest speaker
at 8:20 a.m.
Bill Robinson, director, Office of Public
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