Faculty, staff and students attend Mississippi Academy of Sciences Meeting

Faculty, staff and students from Alcorn State University’s Department of Agriculture attended the 81st Mississippi Academy of Sciences meeting held February 23-24 in the Thad Cochran Center at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg.

According to Dr. Victor Njiti, associate professor and interim chair, Department of Agriculture, and chair of the MAS Agriculture and Plant Science Division, the main purpose of MAS is to bring together scientists and academia from all fields of science throughout the state of Mississippi to present and share ideas that will foster the growth of science within the state.

Both undergraduate and graduate students attended the meeting.

Undergraduate attendees were, Lydia Batey, junior; Destiney Crockett, senior; Michael Finley, junior; Rebecca Becker, senior, Roderick Patterson, senior, all agricultural science majors. Graduate attendees were, Jasmine Wheatley, biotechnology; Mario Martinez, Segbefia Worlanyo, and Gerard Winters, all agronomy majors.

Four students from the Department of Agriculture were recognized for their outstanding performances. Martinez and Becker will receive a one-year complimentary membership for being selected in the top 20 percent of statewide presentations. Crockett and Batey tied for first place in the oral presentation category of the Agriculture and Plant Science Division.

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