Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) will collaborate with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) and Wells Fargo to host a unique program designed to increase, influence and prepare the next generation of Black male educators nationwide, July 27 to August 2 at the Anderson Conference Center on the WSSU Campus.

The HBCU Male Summer Institute is part of TMCF’s Teacher Quality and Retention Program (TQRP).  Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Predominately Black Institutions (PBIs) graduate more minority teachers than any other source. The summer institute is designed to help these student teachers enhance the learning experience in their classrooms.

The 30 all-male pre-service teaching students will attend lectures and workshops that emphasize innovations in teaching, as well as other topics such as lesson plan design, professional development, educators as entrepreneurs, school-age violence, and after-school programming. They will also receive preparation for their respective national teacher examination learn more about education policy.

“This program is important for several reasons.  First, less that two percent of K through 12 teachers are black males, but the number black students far exceeds that statistic,” said Dr. Dawn Tafari, WSSU Department of Education clinical faculty member.  “Also black males represent a disproportionate number of high school drop outs, children likely to end up in special education, and those who are suspended. This may be due to outdated teaching methods and the lack of role models who look like them. Research shows increasing the number of black male teachers can make a major difference.”

Professors in the College of Arts, Sciences, Business and Education of Winston-Salem State University have received $1,181,744 in grants to support projects that can positively impact student education and success through undergraduate research efforts.

Dr. Corey D.B. Walker

Dr. Corey D.B. Walker

“The funding from these grants will enable WSSU to provide our undergraduate students with unique research opportunities that will enhance their educational experience,” said Dr. Corey D. B. Walker, dean of The College.  “Each of these projects is aligned with the new and bold science endeavors that are part of WSSU’s strategic plan and new science effort.  This Transformative Science Initiative is designed to facilitate the integration of student academic success, faculty teaching and research excellence.”

The Minority Access to Research Careers for Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research (MARC U*STAR) program has received $151,351 in funding that is renewable annually for five years for a total of $756,755 from the National Institutes of Health.  The grant will allow WSSU to continue this program that trains students from underrepresented groups to hold leadership positions in cutting-edge scientific research.

“Students from various majors including biology, chemistry, psychology and exercise science receive extensive hands-on laboratory research experiences that strengthen their academic and research credentials,” said Dr. Azeez Aileru, a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and director of the university’s Biomedical Research Infrastructure Center who will continue to serve as the principal investigator for the grant.  “Students are then better prepared for high caliber graduate training at the Ph.D. level in biomedical and behavioral research.”

Dr. Maria Ngu-Schwemlein, a chemistry professor, will serve as the principal investigator for a $399,989 grant from the National Science Foundation to enhance undergraduate research experiences in the chemistry curriculum.  This targeted infusion project will lay the foundation for effective research skills that will ultimately promote student success by adapting high impact and evidence-based educational practices.

“This grant will support a collaborative effort by a team of chemistry faculty to strengthen undergraduate research skills to help students navigate the challenges in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) research and also to increase retention and success of minority students in the chemical sciences,” said  Ngu-Schwemlein.

The university also received a $25,000 grant from the Thurgood Marshall College Fund to determine the types of undergraduate research experiences that lead to student retention and graduation in STEAM fields, which incorporates art and design into the traditional STEM areas as a catalyst for new technologies and discoveries.  Dr. Johanna Porter-Kelly, associate professor of biological sciences, will be working with Dr. Vanessa Duren-Winfield, assistant professor of healthcare management and director of research in the WSSU School of Health Sciences, to engage students in the STEAM pipeline that are often overlooked for research opportunities.  Students enrolled in the project will be Thurgood Marshall Fellows.

“These students will be engaged in research training related to the sickle cell trait with additional emphasis on training in research methodology and working with human subjects,” Porter-Kelley explained.  “The combination of conducting experiments and clinical research will lead to an interdisciplinary project that promotes teamwork and collaboration working across STEAM disciplines.”

New WSSU head basketball coach James Wilhelmi

New WSSU head basketball coach James Wilhelmi

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WSSU Provost Brenda Allen

WSSU Provost Brenda Allen

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Daniel Crudup

Daniel Crudup

Daniel Crudup, a healthcare management major who graduated from Winston-Salem State University in May, was recently recognized as the WSSU Student of the Year.

The award recognizes an outstanding senior who has demonstrated scholarship, good conduct and service to other WSSU students.  Crudup, who maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout his four years at WSSU, served as executive secretary of the Student Government Association, president of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., chair of “Ram Life Magazine” and president of Rams go Green, an environmental campus task force.  He also served as two-term United Negro College Fund and Toyota Green campus ambassadors.  Crudup also served as a resident advisor and worked at Touched by Angels Home Health Care.

While a student, Crudup was actively involved in developing a recycling program in the residence halls and promoting green initiatives using a $500 UNCF grant to support the effort.  He presented his research on environmental issues at the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education Conference and at the WSSU Scholarship Day in April.

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