Jackson State University was well represented in the National Association of African American Studies (NAAAS) & Affiliates 2014 National Conference held in Baton Rouge, La., Feb. 10-16.
Undergraduate students in the Department of Elementary & Early Childhood Education won a stipend and a framed certificate, and their research papers will be published in the conference proceedings.
Naomi Drake, Walter Tabb, Lawanda Fletcher, Whitney Smith and Shirley Sutton (pictured, left) conducted and presented their research, entitled, The iPad as an Instructional Tool: An Examination of Jackson State University Faculty Implementation. The students were mentored and advised by Dr. Kathy Bryant, Assistant Professor of Elementary Education in the College of Education and Human Development.
The annual research competition was open to both graduate and undergraduate students from all disciplines. The research papers were judged by a panel of professional and academic scholars representing diverse fields and disciplines.
A number of other JSU students and faculty presented research and several placed in the student research competition. Pictured at right is one JSU winner, sophomore Monica Moore (center), psychology major, who placed in the competition with her paper titled “Black Female Contortionists: Learning from Fiction, Examining the Psychological Mindsets, and Aiming to Untwist and Stand up Straight, in fact, in STEM.”
Pictured to Moore’s right is her mentor on her paper, Angela Mae Kupenda (JSU grad ’79), presently professor of law, Mississippi College School of Law and adjunct professor at JSU. Pictured to Moore’s left is Mei-Chi Chen Piletz, National Board Member of NAAAS & Affiliates. For more details about the program, visit: http://www.naaas.org/