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Alcorn graduates awarded prestigious HBCU STEM Fellowship

Alcorn State University is proud of its recent graduates Ashley Nikole Rankin, Ronderio L. Hunt and Claude E. Jackson for receiving the HBCU STEM Fellowship Award. Rankin, who graduated from Alcorn in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in biology, is currently enrolled in biotechnology graduate program at Pennsylvania State University. Hunt ’10 and Jackson ’09 both received their bachelor’s degrees from the Department of Applied Sciences. Hunt is studying electrical engineering at Graduate School of Howard University, Washington DC, and Jackson is working on his master’s degree in information systems engineering and management at Harrisburg University, Pennsylvania.

“The Department of Advanced Technologies, faculty and staff are proud of the accomplishments of both Ronderio Hunt and Claude Jackson,” said Dr. Kwabena Agyepong, chair, Department of Advanced Technologies. “Both students while studying for their bachelor’s in applied science, electromechanical engineering technology concentration, worked hard to establish themselves as leaders among their peers. The fact that they were chosen for the HBCU STEM Fellowship proves that they were not only leaders here at Alcorn State’s Advanced Technology Department, but are expected to leave their mark in the world of engineering. The Bachelor of Applied Science degree program at ASU has as one of its goals to be a viable tool for “2+2” arrangements with community college applied science majors in giving them diverse paths for growth they would not have otherwise. “

The HBCUSTEM Fellowship Program provides fellowships to graduates of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) who have gained admission into master’s level programs in STEM areas of study at colleges and universities in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware or the District of Columbia. The program is sponsored by the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) agency, and administered by the Educational Advancement Alliance (EAA). In addition to financial support EAA monitors the progress of Fellows to nurture the next generation of scientists, researchers and engineers.