Upcoming Research Seminar Series aspires to prepare students for research, mentorship, and networking

Alcorn State University's School of Agriculture and Applied Sciences, in collaboration with the School of Arts and Sciences, hope to foster learning and mentorship between students and faculty.

The Research Seminar Series will be held Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 2:30 p.m. in Biotechnology Building's Biotechnology Assembly Room. Dr. David Buys, assistant extension and research professor in Mississippi State University's Department of Food Science, Nutrition, and Health Promotion will be the guest speaker.

Dr. Melissa Mason, assistant professor of animal science, believes that the series will promote a more extensive learning and mentoring opportunity for students, faculty, and the presenters.

"The purpose of the series is to transform education, training, and mentoring at Alcorn by creating an intellectually affirming environment where students can come and learn about various disciplines, different pathways on how to reach their career goals, and to bring faculty together to promote support and collaborations," said Mason.

Students will have the opportunity to network with the presenters and gain insight on what educational and career paths they should consider. Mason believes the series would offer students the help they need to be successful.

"We hope that the series will benefit participating students by providing them information on what potential careers are available to them, how different people have taken different paths to reach their goals, and provide them the opportunity to congregate with faculty and guest speakers after the presentation for informal discussions on majors, careers, and other life questions."

The Research Seminar Series is an ongoing series that began in January 2018 and will continue through December 2018. The events are leading up to the 5th annual Centers for Research Excellence Symposium, which will be held Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019.

For more information, contact Mason at 601-877-4006 or via email at [email protected].