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DSU's Dr. Jalaal Hayes Wins HBCU Male Student of Year

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Dr. Jalaal Hayes (left), in a photo from the December 2016 Commencement with his advisor Dr. Andrew Goudy, was honored as the HBCU Male Student of the Year during a July 15 ceremony held at the University of the District  of Columbia in Washington, D.C.

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Delaware State University made its mark at the recent 2016 Historically Black Colleges and Universities Awards as Dr. Jalaal Hayes – a December 2015 Ph.D. graduate – received the HBCU Male Student of the Year Award. DSU President Harry L. Williams proudly stands with Dr. Jalaal Hayes after he was presented with the HBCU award. Dr. Hayes, a resident of Philadelphia, Pa., proudly received a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Applied Chemistry in December at age 22 – the youngest-ever Ph.D. graduate in DSU history. His dissertation – successfully defended in June 2015 -- was entitled “Thermodynami and Kinetic Studies of Alkali Metal Doped-Lithium Amide-Magnesium Hydride Hydrogen Storage System.” Now in its sixth year, the annual HBCU Awards is sponsored by HBCU Digest. DSU also received nominations in the categories of Male President of the Year (President Harry L. Williams), HBCU of the Year, and Best Research Center Award (the Optical Science Center for Applied Research, also known as OSCAR). Dr. Hayes graduated from high school seven years ago in 2008 at the age of 15. He then earned bachelor’s degrees in History and General Science, graduating cum laude at age 18 in 2011 (within three years) at his parents’ undergraduate alma mater Lincoln University in Pennsylvania. While completing his doctorate at DSU, he lectured in Tuscany, Italy, and Easton, Massachusetts, as a Carl Storm Fellow while authoring several peer reviewed journal articles and served on a team that obtained a United States patent for hydrogen research. He completed a 2008 summer research internship at Howard University/NASA Undergraduate Research Center, before being enrolled in DSU’s graduate program in Applied Chemistry where he worked with his advisor Dr. Andrew Goudy, professor of chemistry, in the Center for Hydrogen Storage Research (CHSR). Now 23 years old, Dr. Hayes was featured on a Disney Junior Be Inspired television commercial for Black History Month 2016 earlier this year. He has been highlighted on ABC Visions, the Tom Joyner Morning Show, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News and other mediums. Dr. Hayes said that he is currently working “as an educator in Philadelphia.”

Summer Internships Prepare DSU Students

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Kevin Perry (seated) is commuting daily from Dover to do an accounting internship with SB & Co. in Baltimore, Md. He is shown here with Eric Barfield, a staff auditor with the company and also a May 2016 graduate of Delaware State University.

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India Sage Williams at her CBS News internship site. While some DSU students’ summer season means going to their hometowns to reconnect with family and friends, a number of students are using the time to fulfill their intern requirements and gain some hands-on experience in jobs relating to their majors. Below is a sampling of some current internship experiences of students from each one of DSU’s colleges. India Sage Williams, a Mass Communications/TV, Radio and Film major in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, spent part of her summer interning at CBS News in Washington, D.C. She learned about the opportunity at a job fair at Howard University where she met Kia Baskerville, a CBS News senior producer, who encouraged her to apply for the internship. Ms. Williams, of New Castle, Del.,  has been assigned to the CBS Special Events News section, where she is involved with work on assignments that have included the Orlando shooting tragedy, President Barack Obama’s addresses, Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey’s “United State of Women Summit” and others. “Throughout this internship I have learned that the sky is certainly not the limit, that I can achieve past that and as a young woman in media I can become a trail blazer for so many other young people to come,” Ms. Williams said. “I mostly enjoy the working environment, the people and the impromptu conversations I have with the bosses in the business who inspire me to keep working hard toward my dreams.” Kevin Perry, a junior accounting major in the College of Business from Alexandria, Va., has spent his summer months as an intern auditor at SB & Co., a certified public accountant firm near Baltimore. Mr. Perry is working on actual client accounts, an internship experience well worth his traveling expenses. He commutes daily from Dover. “The gas mileage is killing me, but it will be worth it,” Mr. Perry said. “This is helping me build my skills in the corporate world, and it is giving me good experience in workplace interactions and communications.” He is not totally far away from Hornet camaraderie, as he is working side by side with DSU alumnus Eric Barfield, who landed a job as a staff auditor with SB & Co. right after his May 2016 graduation. Mr. Perry said he plans to share his internship experiences with his peers in the DSU Accounting Club, of which he is president. Timesha Ray, a senior Textile and Apparel Studies major in the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences, spent her summer internship working for Fila at the National Harbor in Washington, D.C. Timesha Ray says her internship at Fila has helped her understand the clothing needs and wants of customers. Ms. Ray said her aspiration is to become a clothes designer. She said her work at Fila gave her some valuable customer service experience. “I helped customers find what fit them as a person. I had to adapt myself to what works for them,” Ms. Ray said. “The experience made me more well-rounded. Ultimately my goal is to make people feel better about themselves through clothes.” Ms. Ray added that her interaction with corporate people at Fila helped her gain a better understanding of the business part of the company. Shanice Yearwood, a senior Movement Science major in the College of Education, Health and Public Policy, did her internship on the DSU campus with the Delaware Center for Health Promotions (DCHP), which is based in the Wellness and Recreation Center. Shanice Yearwood conducts a diabetes survey as part of her internship. Through her internship work, Ms. Yearwood has helped the DCHP design a new Walking Program that it will launch in the fall on campus. The goal of the program is to get people to walk 10 miles a week. “I am learning that the health field involves a lot of data research, a lot of sitting and analyzing numbers that you have gathered in the field all day,” Ms. Yearwood said. “This experience has helped me realize my potential and showed me that I can work with people in this field.” She added that she has future plans to pursue a master’s degree and Ph.D. in Public Health. DSU’s Optical Science Center for Applied Research (OSCAR) has attracted Ines Latiri and Laurence Vobe from their University of Versailles in France to spend their summer at Del State doing separate internship research projects. OSCAR is under the College of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology. Laurence Vobe and Ines Latiri, both of the University of Versailles in France, are doing internship research at DSU's Optical Science Center for Applied Research. Ms. Latiri, a sophomore chemical engineering major, is focusing her research on the movement of particles in fluorescent light. “This will be a great addition to my C.V. (curriculum vitæ),” she said, adding also that this internship has given her the opportunity to improve her English.” Laurence Vobe, also a sophomore chemical engineering major, said she has been able to utilize OSCAR’s Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) and spectrophotometer. “In my research, I’m trying to use LIBS to detect cancer earlier,” Ms. Vobe said. “I am also working with the spectrophotometer, which we have different types of in France; but at OSCAR it is more advanced.”

M&T Bank Commits $50,000 Toward DSU Student Success

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(L-r) M&T Bank's Michael Gast and Joseph Yachshyn join their CEO Nick Lambrow in presenting DSU President Harry L. Williams with a $50,000 display check to go toward scholarships. Also from DSU are Bryant T. Bell, director of Major Gifts;  Vita Pickrum, VP of Institutional Advancement; LaShawn Pryor, director of Corporate & Foundation Relations; and College of Business Dean Donna Covington.

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M&T Bank recently became DSU’s newest corporate partner as it has committed $50,000 to help DSU students with their higher education cost. The donation establishes the M&T Scholars Program, a scholarship opportunity that will be available to any full-time student who meets the criteria of possessing a 2.5 GPA and being a native of the U.S. DSU President Harry L. Williams met July 14 with M&T Bank’s Nick Lambrow, Delaware region president and CEO; Michael Gast, vice president of commercial banking; and Joseph Yacyshyn, regional vice president. Also attending the meeting on behalf of DSU were Donna Covington, dean of the College of Business, and Vita Pickrum, vice president of Institutional Advancement. During the meeting, the M&T officials learned more about DSU and its diverse initiatives to improve its retention and graduation rates, as well as how the corporate community can help the University in meeting its goals relating to student success. The M&T officials also agreed that the company become a part of the College of Business Advisory Board. Dr. Williams said the University is excited about the corporate friendship it is developing with M&T Bank. “M&T Bank has strongly expressed its belief in DSU and the direction it is going to successfully develop future leaders and professionals who will make their mark on the state, the country and the world,” Dr. Williams said. “M&T has sought to not only understand the importance of DSU’s mission but also to learn how the University is achieving its goals and how this banking institution can play a valuable role as a corporate partner with Del State.

Kenyan Delegation Meets With DSU President

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(From l-r) DSU Associate Provost Bradley Skelcher, Daniel Mburu, Eddah Wangaru, Godfrey Mudia, DSU President Harry L Williams, Gov. Daniel Waithaka, Geofrey Mundia, StartupAfrica founder Erastus Mongare, and DSU's Dr. Samuel Besong pose for a photo after July 11 meeting.

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DSU President Harry L. Williams receives a gift from H.E. Daniel Waithanka, governor of Nyandarua, a county in Kenya. A delegation from the country of Kenya visited DSU on July 11 to explore a possible future partnership relationship with Delaware’s only HBCU. DSU President Harry L. Williams met with representatives of Kenya’s county government of Nyandarua – which included Gov. H.E. Daniel Waithanka Mwangi – to connect DSU’s College of Agriculture and Related Sciences and the College of Business’ Delaware Center for Enterprise Development with a new higher education endeavor in that part of Kenya. Also taking part in the discussion were representatives of StartUpAfrica, a Wilmington, Del.-based organization comprised of Kenyans living in the U.S.  The organization’s mission is to support young Kenyan adults in the building of business skills and in endeavors that foster financial independence, create jobs and grow African economies. Dr. Williams and the Kenyan delegation agreed that it would be worthwhile to continue the exploration of possible collaborations.

DSU Launches Mobile App Boot Camp Six-Week Course

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This photo represents the first cohort of the Del State Mobile App Boot Camp, showing they are ready to leap into the training with their Apple laptops. The University plans to offer the course again in the future.

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Thanks to a generous grant of $200,000 from Barclays Bank, the Del State Mobile App Academy has been established and the first cohort of approximately 18 participants began on July 5.  During the Mobile App Boot Camp, the participants, primarily DSU undergraduates, will become certified in Android mobile architecture and Java programming language, highly sought after skill sets in the regional job market.  For images of the first weeks of the Boot Camp, click on the below link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/48216028@N03/sets/72157670623861516/show DSU President Harry L. Williams said this new training is yet another fruit that is yielded from the University’s relationship with Barclays Bank. “Barclays has been supportive of DSU by providing our College of Business students with internships, and now they have come forward to help DSU expand into this needed skill area,” said Dr. Williams. “DSU is grateful and proud to have a committed partner in Barclays Bank, a financial institution that not only believes in the mission of DSU, but also helps us to fulfill it.” Upon completion of the six-week class, participants will meet the program’s desired target, which is graduates who can pass the Oracle Java Level I Exam.   Hands-on classes will extend through Aug. 12.  The seventh floor of the DSU Living and Learning Commons houses the newly renovated state-of-the-art Mobile App Laboratory. The University plans to offer the course again within the next year.

DSU, Southwest Petroleum University Finalize New Accord

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Holding talks at Southwest Petroleum University prior to the agreement signing were (l-r) DSU's Dr. Fengshan Liu, assoc. VP of International Affairs,DSU President Harry L. Williams and DSU Board of Trustees member Dr. Devona Williams and SWPU's Dai Lai, deputy director of International Affairs, vice president and provost Dr. Wang Ling, and Zhang Liehui.

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DSU President Harry L. Williams and SWPU's Dr. Wang Ling sign the new agreement. Behind them (l-r) are DSU's Dr. Fengshan Liu and Dr. Devona Williams, along with SWPU's Dr. Zhang Liehui and Dai Lei. Delaware State University has added another Chinese school to its list of institutional partners with the recent finalization of a memorandum of understanding between DSU and Southwest Petroleum University (SWPU) of Chengdu, China. DSU President Harry L. Williams – who traveled to China with Dr. Devona Williams, Board of Trustees member, and Dr. Fengshan Liu, associate vice president of DSU International Affairs – met June 25 with SWPU’s Dr. Wang Ling, vice president and provost;Dr. Zhang Liehui, vice president; and Dai Lei, deputy director of the SWPU Office of International Affairs. The delegation discussed the new partnership and the possibilities that could result from it. The talks culminated with the signing of the memorandum of understanding by the DSU president and Dr. Wang, representing SWPU President Zhao Jinzhou, who could not attend the meeting during a schedule conflict. President Zhao met with President Williams on the following day over lunch at the SWPU campus.   The agreement is similar to many of the memorandums of understanding DSU has established with other institutions abroad. The DSU-SWPU agreement opens the door for possible study abroad exchanges, faculty teaching and research collaborations, academic discipline connections and other activities. “This agreement further expanded DSU’s international footprint within the country of China, providing both Del State and Southwest with new possibilities for study abroad for our students as well as possible academic and research collaborations in the future,” said Dr. Williams. “The warm hospitality shown to DSU by the SWPU officials portends a great partnership between the two institutions.” SWPU President Zhao said he has high hopes for this new partnership. SWPU President Zhao Jinzhou and DSU met over lunch the day after the agreement signing. "The agreement with DSU will start our prosperous and productive cooperation between the two universities (此项协议将会开启我们两校之间卓有成效的合作新起点)," Dr. Zhao said. The DSU-SWPU agreement was part of the DSU delegation’s 10-day trip to Poland and China. The 10 DSU students who were in Poland as part of a study abroad research program gave a June 20 presentation of its work to the delegation. The SWPU Office of International Affairs showed the DSU delegation outstanding hospitality during their stay in Chengdu. Displaying newly received DSU pins are Dai Lei (deputy director), Mou Dan, Yang Yan and Zhang Hanling. The DSU delegation then flew to Ningbo University of Technology in China to participate in a commencement ceremony for accounting students who had taken DSU courses toward their major. The graduating students received degrees from both Ningbo and DSU. The trip to SWPU culminated the delegation's swing through Europe and Asia.

DSU-Ningbo Univ. of Technology Commencement -- Photos

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The DSU delegation stands dressed in their regalia prior to June 23 Commencement Ceremony at Ningbo Univ. of Technology in China, which honored the graduates of DSU's accounting degree program. (L-r) Dr. Fengshan Liu, assoc. VP of International Affairs, Dr. Youngsik Kwak, assoc. dean of the College of Business; DSU President Harry Williams; NBUT President Lyu Zhongda; Dr. Devona Williams, DSU Board member, and Donna Covington, dean of the College of Business.

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DSU President Harry L. Williams led a delegation to China to attend the June 23 Commencement Ceremony at Ningbo University of Technology (NBUT), a special event that honored and celebrated the Ningbo seniors who successfully completed DSU’s accounting program. The students were the second cohort of NBUT graduates to earn degrees from both DSU and their home institution. Some of the students traveled to the U.S. to take the accounting courses at DSU, while others received the instruction at NBUT from visiting DSU faculty. To see a slideshow of images from the Commencement and other events during DSU’s NBUT visit, click on the below link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/48216028@N03/sets/72157669360490120/show In addition to Dr. Williams, the official DSU delegation included Dr. Fengshan Liu, associate vice president of International Affairs; Dr. Devona Williams, DSU Board of Trustees member; Donna Covington, dean of the College of Business; and Dr. Youngsik Kwak, associate dean of the College of Business. Dr. Williams joined NBUT President Lyu Zhongda in passing out diplomas to the graduates during the commencement. Dean Covington and Dr. Liu also participated in the ceremony. After the Commencement Ceremony, the DSU delegation attended a reception with the top NBUT students of that graduating class. On the previous evening, the DSU delegation was treated to a traditional Chinese dinner by the top NBUT officials, who included Su Zhigang, the NBUT party secretary, and Nie Liya, a NBUT dean.

Verizon Presents $400,000 for STEM Ed Program at DSU

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With the $400,000 Verizon check: (l-r bottom row) Program participants Gerald Green, P.J. Chandlar, Nehemiah Williams, Josh Brice, Marc Madklangbayan, Darren Robinson Jr.; (top row l-r) Dr. Dan Shelton, Capital School District superintendent; Del. Secretary of Education Steven Godowski; Del. Gov. Jack Markell; DSU President Harry L. Williams; Bonnie Metz, Verizon government affairs director; Tony Lewis, Verizon regional VP; and Dover Mayor Robin Christiansen.

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Delaware State University and Verizon today announced a partnership to provide STEM education to minority middle school boys in Delaware starting this summer. The Verizon Innovative Learning Program, funded by a $400,000 grant from Verizon, will provide mentorship and hands-on classes in coding, robotics, 3D design and entrepreneurship to dozens of minority middle school boys over the next two years. DSU students and faculty with backgrounds in computer science and entrepreneurship will serve as mentors to guide students through the program, which will begin with a summer program on the DSU campus and continue during the school year at DSU and at William Henry Middle School and Central Middle School from the Capital School District in Dover. Lillie Crawford, director of the DSU Center for Enterprise Development, checks out the work of program participant Ezekiel Washington of Dover Central Middle School. “While many focus on the idea that minority males are an ‘endangered species,’ DSU prefers to concentrate on what it can do to build up and guide young men to success,” said DSU President Harry L. Williams. “While we work year-round to produce success stories among our students on the University-level, through this program the University can also offer elementary school to high school-age youths opportunities to attend summer camps that stimulate their intellect, build self-esteem, teach them academic disciplines that can help them thirst for higher education opportunities and give them career options in their futures.” The Verizon Innovative Learning Program is being administers by the DSU Center for Enterprise Development and the DSU Department of Computer and Information Sciences. The Verizon Innovative Learning Program – which began in 2015 at four leading Historically Black Colleges and Universities and is now available in 12 cities across the country – was created to address an urgent need. Much attention has been paid to the importance of engaging girls in STEM but very few are talking about the promise technology skills hold for young, minority boys. Minority males are severely underrepresented in STEM fields and are less likely than Caucasian peers to graduate from high school on time and pursue college. New evaluation data collected from over 300 young men shows that, after participating in the Verizon Innovative Learning Program, 100% of students increased mobile technology proficiency, 75% of students reported an increased interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) subjects, and 69% had an increased interest in STEM careers. The Verizon Innovative Learning Summer Camp will take place from June 27 to July 15 on the DSU campus. The skills learned by the youths will be reinforced during the subsequent regular school year through special technology days, field trips and after-school tutorial sessions. The principal grant writer of the two-year $400,000 Verizon funding was Dr. Kam Kong, DSU associate professor of computer and information science. "I am appreciative of Verizon's generosity and trust in DSU to conduct the program well on this campus," Dr. Kong said. "In the first couple of days of the camp, the kids were already tinkering with 3D model software and were printing their creations. The hands-on approach and novelty of seeing their creations emerging right in front of their eyes is really motivating the kids."    

Vote for Three DSU Teams in SAP Project Dream: Election 2016 Contest

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Three student teams from Delaware State University have made it to the final rounds of the SAP Project Dream: Election 2016 competition.

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Three student teams from Delaware State University have made it to the final rounds of the SAP Project Dream: Election 2016 competition. The DSU teams are among 10 from across the United States that have made it to the finals in four categories. Public voting contributes 15% of the total score, so please show your support for DSU’s teams until June 30 by visiting the links below. At the site, after registering, you may click on the white up arrow to place your vote. Team Dualytics: https://ideas.sap.com/D33319 The Consultants: https://ideas.sap.com/D33412 Triumph or Trump: https://ideas.sap.com/D33688     As part of the contest, students utilize the analytics technologies of SAP, a world leader in enterprise software, to share their perspective and stories about the upcoming presidential election. Winners of the contest will have the chance to attend the Republican or Democratic National Convention and receive additional training opportunities.

DSU Visits Poland, President Meets With Partner Institution

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Pictured with President Harry L. Williams, center, and Dr. Mazin Shahin, right, director of DSU's Alliance for Minority Participation, are Edward Addison, Taylor Worrell-Stith, Sandra Suarez, Malia Green, Gemini Phillips, Travia Dunbar, Briana Reaves, Jamila Davis, Tahlia Casey and Tajah Lewter.

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DSU President Harry L. Williams made a trip to Poland where he met face to face for the first time with Dr. Antoni Bukaluk, the president of the Uniwersytet Technologiczno-Przyrodniczy (UTP), also known in English as the University of Technology and Life Sciences of Poland. DSU has an active memorandum of understanding with UTP that was finalized earlier this year, and recently exercised that partnership by sending 10 of its students for a May 22 to June 21 study abroad research experience. Each student was paired with a UTP science faculty member with whom each one conducted an individual research project. The students are all STEM majors and members of the DSU Alliance for Minority Participation, which provides support and research opportunities for minority science majors. The DSU president and his traveling group – which included Dr. Devona Williams, DSU Board of Trustees member; Dr. Fengshan Liu, assistant vice president of DSU International Affairs; Carlos Holmes, DSU director of News Services; First Lady Dr. Robin Williams, their son Gavin and niece Madisen Smith; and Hong Liu (Dr. Liu’s wife)  – were treated on June 20 to a program at UTP in which each of the students gave a presentation on their research project and the findings that were yielded by their work. In addition, the DSU president and Dr. Bukaluk did a symbolic signing of the MOU agreement during the event forum event at UTP, a university located in the Polish city of Bydgoszcz. The DSU students that were part of the Polish study-abroad experience --  the International Science and Technology Academy for Research Scholars (I-STARS) -- were: Edward Addison, biology sciences, junior Tahlia Casey, biology sciences, sophomore Jamila Davis, chemistry, junior Travia Dunbar, forensic biology, senior Malia Green, biological sciences, sophomore Tajah Lewter, biological sciences, sophomore Gemini Phillips, biological sciences, senior Briana Reaves, biological sciences, senior Sandra Suarez, pre-veterinarian, senior Taylor Worrell-Stith, pre-veterinarian, junior Ms. Phillips, whose research was on the effect of bio-protection products on fungus, said that she benefited greatly from the experience in Poland. “I want to become a pathologist, and since I was working with fungus diseases and that related pathology, it will help me toward that,” said Ms. Phillips. “It will also help me toward my senior capstone project.” Ms. Suarez, whose research involved the ample use of a microscope, said the research she did was very valuable in further developing her laboratory skills. She noted that in Delaware she does shadowing at an animal hospital and that in the past she has struggled in looking through a microscope and distinguishing the difference between red blood cells and white blood cells of cats and dogs. “Being under the microscope every day for three weeks has helped me to adapt my eyes, so I know when I go back to the clinic I won’t be confused anymore,” Ms. Suarez said. The findings and data from the research of some of the students will be included in a future publication and added to various science databases. Dr. Mazin Shahin, director of DSU’s Alliance for Minority Participation, also made the trip with the students. This trip was made possible from funding from the National Science Foundation and the Philadelphia Alliance for Minority Participation.

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