What do Beignets, Organic Chemistry, the French Quarter, Statistical Inference, Disney, and Talin Proteins all have in common?
The answer is Wi2STEM students’ research presentations. Clayton State University Wi2STEM students presented the results of their research at the Joint Mathematics Meetings (JMM) of the Mathematical Association of America and American Mathematical Society in New Orleans, and the American Chemical Society (ACS) in Anaheim, Cal. The students were able to present their research due to the Wi2STEM travel grant which is supported by the Metro South Region Georgia Power Office.
Wi2STEM is a Clayton State University organization created to increase knowledge of, and greater interest in, the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) disciplines. It is also a means of building a network of resources for women in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math disciplines and a means of communication for women having an interest in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math majors.
WI2STEM students Christine Gardner (Peachtree City), Latanya Gobin (Atlanta), Naveen Hassin (Riverdale) and Michelle York (Peachtree City) were able to travel to a nationally-recognized conference this spring because of Georgia Power's support of women in the STEM disciplines. Hassin and Gobin attended the ACS national meeting in Anaheim to present posters of their educational scientific research. York attended the JMM meeting in New Orleans to do a 15 minute presentation of her research on statistical results of a study on STEM students at Clayton State. Gardner attended the JMM to network and assist with York’s presentation.
The research was completed over the past year. The research abstracts were accepted to their respective conferences, however, they would not have been able to exhibit their research without the support of the Georgia Power Travel Grant. Hassin’s research was in biochemical studies and her research advisor is Dr. Richard Singiser. Her research topic is "Talin Proteins and SUMOylation."
Gobin’s research was in chemistry education and her research advisor is Dr. Susan Hornbuckle. The research topic that she presented was “Studies in Spatial Ability and Sophomore Organic Chemistry I Students.”
York’s research was a statistical analysis of data to determine the effectiveness of “Supporting Women in STEM Fields: The Wi2STEM Club’s Impact on Student Members at Clayton State University.” Her research advisor is Dr. Catherine Matos.
All four students are active members of WI2STEM and humbly appreciate the opportunity that has been handed to them by Georgia Power and they plan on taking full advantage of it.
“This is a chance for them to learn more about their fields they plan to enter as well as provide them with an experience that would normally be out of reach,” notes WI2STEM advisor and Clayton State Professor Mary Hudachek-Buswell. “Gardner, Gobin, Hassin and York want Georgia Power to know they will be good stewards in their disciplines as a result of their travels.