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UMES plays host to 5th annual research symposium

  • Tuesday, April 15, 2014

    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.

    Dozens 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.

    "We 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."

    2014 Regional Research SymposiumKeane-Dawes 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 Kentucky.

    Keane-Dawes said the gathering exposes UMES students to other institutions and potential future employers.

    The 2014 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.

    "Dr. 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."

    Throughout the day, participants, visitors and guests can see 62 posters on display and hear nearly five dozen oral presentations throughout the day.

    UMES undergraduate 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 Resources."

    Keane-Dawes said she is pleased two high schools, working in concert with UMES researchers, will participate in this year's poster presentation category.

    Crisfield 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."

    Audrey 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 Relations, (410) 621-2355