WSSU Students to Present Research in the Capital on April 13

April 11, 2011
   Four Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) students will lead their teams as they make research presentations and meet North Carolina legislators on April 13, at the State Capital.

    The students are participating in the University of North Carolina’s (UNC) Research in the Capital Symposium.  Occurring biennially, the program is an opportunity for students from across the UNC system to travel to Raleigh and demonstrate their undergraduate research experiences to North Carolina state legislators.  Each campus selects students from a broad range of disciplines to participate, focusing on research projects which are particularly relevant to social, economic and cultural issues that impact North Carolina.  The goals of the symposium are to highlight the important role of research in undergraduate education and the ensuing benefits to the state.

    The students will present their work in a poster demonstration format, and a booklet of student abstracts is produced for the benefit of the legislators. The students will also get a chance to meet the legislative representative of their hometowns.

    The WSSU students and projects are:

    Harvey Long, chemistry major from Yanceyville, on Billing Natural Gas by the Kilowatt Hour.  The study supports billing electricity and natural gas under the same energy unit.  Doing so will help consumers determine which is more cost effective.

    Christopher Graham, secondary education major from Snow Hill on Assessing Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes Risks Among African-American Freshmen College Women.  Results further confirm the need for weight management, chronic disease management, and diabetes risks factors education on college campuses.  Co-presenters include Brianna Hooks, physical education from Maryland;  Jasmine Price, business management from Cleveland County and Justin Long, mass communication major from Cabarrus County.

    Yvette Owusu, clinical laboratory science major from Winston-Salem, researched the global disease malaria.  The study examined the cause of malaria, the on-going efforts to contain it, and its impact on African society.  Information for the study came from existing research and also from Owusu’s experiences and observations while growing up in Ghana, her home country.

    Amber Simmons, a healthcare management major from Charlotte, explored chronic diseases affecting Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) students. Simmons’ co-presenters are: Timothy Richardson, healthcare management major from Wayne County, Latonia Mason and Sharice Javies both healthcare management majors from Forsyth County.

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