Jatavian Smith gains valuable experience, presents poster at Science and Engineering Conference

Jatavian Smith, a senior environmental science major, recently participated in the inaugural Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program’s (MSEIP) Capacity Competitiveness Enhancement Model (CCEM) Conference, held in Washington, D.C.

MSEIP CCEM focuses on leveraging federal investments through interagency and private-sector collaborations that allow students and faculty members to engage in cutting-edge science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) research and other experiences at leading governmental and non-governmental STEM sites nationwide. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, this program mainly assists minority institutions in achieving long-term improvement in science and engineering education programs.

During the conference, Smith gave a poster presentation on “Understanding Topography as a Factor in Yield Variation.” During his stay, he made sure to take advantage of the various learning and networking opportunities available to him. 

According to Dr. Jacqueline McComb, assistant professor of environmental science, “The best way to get students involved in science and incorporate it in their lives is to expose them to the various jobs in STEM.” 

McComb hopes that students set academic goals that are distinct, achievable, and will increase their overall well-being.

For more information, visit www.ed.gov. You may also contact McComb at 601.877.3368 or [email protected]