Campus News

FAMU Career & Internship Expo Attracts Over 1,000 Students

By Andrew Skerritt More than 1,400 students converged in the Al Lawson Jr. Multipurpose Center and Teaching Gymnasium on Wednesday to interview for full-time jobs and internships. Students interviewed with recruiters from 170 organizations, which included county governments, school districts, police departments, federal agencies, private corporations, and non-profits during the Spring 2023 All-Majors Career & Internship Expo. Robert Williamson, a pre-biomedical engineering student from Tampa, Florida, said he gained invaluable insight about career options after he spoke to recruiters from CVS Health, Mayo Clinic, Cooper Surgical and other companies. “It’s honestly been just a wonderful experience. I talked to a

MPB, WJSU ‘The Sipp’ Host Special Screening for ‘Fight the Power: How Hip Hop Changed the World’

Courtesy of Jackson State University Mississippi Public Broadcasting and WJSU “The Sipp.FM” will host a special screening of the new PBS documentary “Fight the Power: How Hip Hop Changed the World” on Feb. 2, at Jackson State University. The event will feature a panel discussion with the series director, Yemi Bamiro, who will make a virtual appearance from London. Produced in partnership with BBC Music, the four-part docuseries will premiere Jan. 31, on MPB, PBS.org and the PBS App. Developed by Chuck D and his producing partner, Lorrie Boula, the series tells the story of hip-hop as an organic expression of experience that

Howard’s Historic $90 Million Contract as a University Affiliated Research Center Spotlights STEM and R1 Opportunity

By Amber Dodd Howard’s recent contract award to be a University Affiliated Research Center (UARC) provides opportunities to advance more Black students in STEM and propel Howard toward a R-1 research status. Howard’s UARC will focus on advanced battle management systems (ABMS) and tactical autonomy which the Air Force defines as autonomous systems acting with delegated and bounded authority of humans in support of tactical, short-term actions associated with a longer-term strategic vision in war, according to executive director and principal investigator Danda Rawat, PhD. “In this particular project we plan to develop efficient, affordable, trustworthy and systems with autonomy

Critics say Florida aims to rewrite history by rejecting African American studies

By Giulia Heyward Florida’s department of education, under the leadership of Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, rejected an Advanced Placement course on African American studies. The decision is leading to a wave of backlash across the country — from other state lawmakers to labor unions and even a potential lawsuit. “One Governor should not have the power to dictate the facts of U.S. history,” Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, a Democrat, said in letter to the College Board, which develops the AP courses that help high school students across the country earn college credit. On Wednesday, civil rights lawyer Ben Crump announced that

FAMU Announces Athletics Compliance Team

By Andrew Skerritt Florida A&M University (FAMU) announced its Athletics Compliance team. The six team members are part of the Office of Compliance and Ethics and fulfill President Larry Robinson’s commitment to promote a culture of compliance at the University and provide additional support to student-athletes. “I am impressed with the quality and experience of the new staff additions to our Compliance team. This will go a long way toward ensuring that our student-athletes get the service and support they need to succeed on and off the playing field,”  Robinson said. The Office of Compliance and Ethics (OCE) built out the

Education and Civil Rights: Global Teaching Project’s Advanced STEM Access Program brings students to JSU for MLK weekend

Courtesy of Jackson State University  Jackson State University and the Margaret Walker Center hosted approximately 200 high school students and educators from rural Mississippi during the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday weekend as part of the Global Teaching Project’s Advanced STEM Access Program.  The students, who are studying AP Biology, AP Physics, and AP Computer Science at their schools, engaged in three days of rigorous academics, and explored civil rights history at the university and in the city of Jackson. During the program, students visited a variety of historical landmarks, both political and civil, and heard from community leaders and civil rights experts at

Howard University Awarded $90 Million Contract by Air Force, DOD to Establish First-Ever University Affiliated Research Center Led by an HBCU

By Brittany Bailer Howard University President Wayne A. I. Frederick, M.D., MBA, hosted U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin III, and U.S. Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall to announce that Howard will serve as the 15th University Affiliated Research Center (UARC). With this announcement, Howard makes history as the first HBCU to lead a UARC and the first center to be funded by the Air Force. “Being awarded this contract is a historic and tremendous accomplishment for Howard University. No other UARCs are providing this type of research to the Department of Defense at present, and Howard researchers are uniquely positioned to

Bowie State Receives $2.1 Million Grant From the National Science Foundation

By D. Thompson Students at Bowie State University now have the opportunity to participate in a new program designed to increase the number and diversity of individuals entering the government cybersecurity workforce by offering two-year scholarships for those majoring in cybersecurity under a $2.1 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). NSF’s Scholarships for Service (SFS) program is providing more than $29 million in new funding this year to nine universities to support developing students for cybersecurity positions with the Department of Homeland Security, FBI and other federal agencies. Bowie State is the only HBCU that received a grant

FAMU College of Pharmacy Prints 3D Cornea Using Human Cells

Courtesy of Florida A&M University Florida A&M University (FAMU) College of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences (COPPS) researchers have, for the first time in the United States, created corneas using a high performance 3D printer. Funded by the National Science Foundation, the project is geared toward 3D printing and additive processing and could lead to breakthroughs in helping patients with eye problems and reduce the need to conduct testing on animals. FAMU Pharmacy professor Mandip Sachdeva, Ph.D., who leads the three-person team, said this process of manufacturing corneas using high throughput 3D printing technology, which could print a number of corneas in a matter of minutes, should become routine. The group,

JSU College of Business MBA students among the first NBMBA Association Scholarship Cohort

By Anthony Howard Two graduate students from Jackson State University’s College of Business(COB) were selected to represent the university at the 45th annual National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) conference. Tyra McCormick and Aaron Bailey attended the 2022 conference held in Atlanta as members of the association’s first HBCU Student Scholarship Cohort. “Our MBA program is growing by leaps and bounds, and the quality is also growing. In order to maintain our standards, we have to raise the bar, too. We’re really proud of what we’re building with the program and the successes of our students,” said Dean Fidelis Ikem, Ph.D., College of Business. The two students were

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