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McNair Scholars Beta Kappa Chi Research Poster Competition Awardees: (l-r) Yahnique Newkirk, Mosunmola Akinbolajo, Darrynn Harris, Jennifer Gray, Kiona Bean.


  McNair Scholars Excel in Research Poster Competition


The 2009-2010 McNair Scholars represented Delaware State University well at the March 24-28 67th annual Joint Conference of the National Institute of Science and Beta Kappa Chi in their performance in the poster presentation competitions.

In the conference competition, jointly hosted by Dillard University and Southern University in New Orleans, La., the DSU McNair Scholars won the following awards with their poster presentations:

1st Place in Poster Presentations, ($300)

Darrynn Harris, 2nd year scholar (Science Education)
“Saving an Endangered Species: recruiting African American Males in Education”
Mentor: Dr. Cecil Clark, Director of Field Education Experience, College of Education
Kiona Bean, 1st year scholar   (Psychology)
“The Biological Risk Factors Found in Children of Schizophrenic Parents”
Mentor: Dr. Gwendolyn Scott-Jones, Chairperson, Dept. of Psychology

2nd Place in Poster Presentations, ($200)

Yahnique Newkirk, 1st year scholar (Science Education)
“Same Sex Parenting and the Social and Emotional Effect on Children”
Mentor: Dr. Joe Amoako, Department of English and Foreign Languages
Jennifer Gray
“Obesity: Factor that influence African American Women’s Attitudes toward Physical Activity and Exercise’
Mentor: Dr. Carla Murgia, Department of Sports Sciences

3rd Place in Poster Presentations, ($100)

Mosunmola “Moe” Akinbolajo, 1st year scholar   (Psychology)
“Impact of Child Abuse on Violence in Later Life”
Mentor: Dr. Anthony Hill, Department of Social Work