Chief Dr. Alexander Acholonu receives prestigious award from Mississippi Academy of Sciences

Alcorn State University biology professor Chief Dr. Alexander Acholonu continues to accumulate accolades for his dedication to biological research.

Acholonu was honored with the Contribution to Health Disparity Research Award at the Mississippi Academy of Sciences (MAS) annual meeting Friday, Feb. 18 at the University of Southern Mississippi. The award recognizes the recipient’s dedication to working to improve the health of vulnerable children and adults. The recipient must also have a track record of leadership in research, education and community efforts to reduce or eliminate health disparities across world. Acholonu is the first person in Alcorn’s history to receive the award. He also received the MAS Distinguished Contribution to Science Award.

Acholonu gladly accepted the honor and expressed his pride in being a product of the University.

“I am filled with joy to receive this prestigious award from the Mississippi Academy of Science,” said Acholonu. “I am very proud to be projecting a positive image of Alcorn State University.”

Acholonu stressed the importance of dilligence, consistency and striving to be the best.

“Take time to work. It is the price of success. He who stops being better stops being good.”

In addition to winning the prestigious award, Acholonu recently published three scientific research articles. “Assessment of Water Quality of Two Lotic Bodies of Water in Jefferson County, Mississippi” was published in the Journal of the Mississippi of Sciences. His second article, “Pollution Studies on the Big Black River in Mississippi, USA,” along with his third article, “Introduction of Sweet Corn as an Alternative Energy Source at Awaka, Imo State, Nigeria, were published in the Advances in Science and Technology Journal.

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