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TJacksonMr. Terrell Jackson,  a Chemistry BA senior at Fayetteville State University and Coast Guard trainee,  received the Black Engineer of the Year Award (BEYA) in the Military Leadership category, February 8, 2012 in Washington, D.C. BEYA highlights outstanding leadership and achievement in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) field. The BEYA STEM conference spanned over three days with thousands of professionals students from STEM fields in attendance.

Jackson's award in the military category represents a culmination of various leadership competencies. His capstone research project helps identify and find explosives, to improve the safety of both military members on the front lines and law enforcement personnel working locally in the United States.

Jackson will graduate from Fayetteville in Spring 2013 and is scheduled to begin Coast guard Officer Candidate School (OCS) in August. Upon completing OCS in December, he will report to his first Coast Guard unit. He says he aspires to become a pilot.



Mrs. Lior Vered graduated in Fall 2012 with a B.A. degree in Chemistry (minor in Physics). She has been accepted to Ph.D. progam at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Chemistry). Ms. Vered came to FSU as a transfer student majoring in Sociology. She later changed her major to Chemistry. As the Optimum Academic Enrichment Program Scholar (OPTIMUM), Ms. Lior Vered conducted research with Dr. Jairo Castillo-Chara on a density functional theoretical study of the geometries, interaction potentials and frequencies of the AuC60+ and AuC60 complexes. Her collaboration research with Dr. Shubo Han on the study of the surface pre-accumulation mechanism in electron transfer of the Alzheimer amyloid-?-zinc complex was accepted by Pittcon 2012, the world’s largest annual conference and exposition for laboratory science. She appeared in the 2011 addition of Who’s Who amongst Students in American Universities and Colleges and was one the recipients of the Coca Cola Sustainability Scholarship.


  StudentMrs. Harmin Herrera graduated in Fall 2012 with a major in Chemistry (B.A.) and a minor in Biology. She has been accepted into the Ph.D. program at Drexel University – School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health System for Fall 2012 with a full scholarship. Harmin came to FSU in Spring 2011 as a transfer student. Before coming to FSU, she attended Fresno and Barstow Community Colleges. Harmin was a scholar in Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) Program. She has worked in Dr. Cevdet Akbay's research laboratory on a variety of projects using capillary electrophoresis. Harmin has done very well in both research and academia with a GPA of 4.00 and 4 scientific oral and poster presentations. She will have at least 3 manuscripts. Harmin is also very active in extracurricular activities. She is the executive Secretary of the Beta Kappa Chi National Scientific Honor Society, a member of American Chemical Society (ACS) and ACS North Carolina Section. She was also selected for the Chancellor for a Day Program.


StudentMr. Reid Gunn, B.S. in Chemistry, his wife Mrs. Shannon Gunn, B.A. in Chemistry, have both been accepted by doctor of pharmacy program at Campbell University. Mr. and Mrs. They both joined FSU under different majors, but decided to change their majors to chemistry after taking general science electives from exceptional faculty in the Department of Chemistry & Physics. Continued support from the department led to the fostering of personal relationships with their teachers and a burgeoning interest in physical sciences, toxicology, and pharmacology.

StudentShannon Gunn's interests in toxicology research led her to work with Dr. Shirley Chao from the Department of Biological Sciences and pursue a minor in biology. Shannon presented her research on acetylcholinesterase (AChE) inhibition following exposure to perfluorooctanoic acid in Danio rerio at the Society of Toxicology Annual Meeting during March 2012 in San Francisco, CA. Reid Gunn received an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Measurement Science and Engineering Fellowship at the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST). He received the opportunity to spend the summer conducting research at a national lab with Dr. Joseph Conny, studying the use of mixed-phase combustion particles as mimics of internally mixed ambient atmospheric particles. His research was presented at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting during December 2011 in San Francisco, CA.

Honors received by Shannon while at FSU include participation in the McNair Scholar program, receiving the departmental Student Service and Leadership Award in 2011, and acting as President of the Pre-Pharmacy Association and vice-president of the FSU Student Chapter of the American Chemical Society. Reid was the recipient of the Dr. Lee Maria Kleiss Chemistry Scholarship from 2010-2012, member of the Tau Sigma National Honor Society, the Beta Kappa Chi Scientific Honor Society, vice-president of the Pre-Pharmacy Association, and president of the FSU Student Chapter of the American Chemical Society.

The Gunns developed a keen love for science and analytical research, and ultimately decided to focus their interests in a way that was both personally meaningful and service-oriented by attending pharmacy school. Shannon and Reid were accepted to the Campbell University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, where they will begin their studies together in Fall 2012. Their specific interests involve clinical pharmacy and immunomodulatory drug therapies targeting demyelinating disorders.

Reid and Shannon wish to express their heartfelt thanks to the Department of Chemistry & Physics for their hard work and support , as well as the sense of community they have established on the campus of Fayetteville State University.


Ms. studentKaodi Umerah, B.A. in Chemistry with a minor in Biology, has participated in Medical Doctoral Program at Meharry Medical College and later got accepted to the same college. Ms. Kaodi Umerah is the Valedictorian of FSU Fall 2011 class and the daughter of Ms. Amaka Umerah. As an OpTIMUM Program scholar, Ms. Kaodi Umerah did research on flavonoid antioxidant with Dr. Shubo Han. Her research work has been accepted by Pittcon Conference 2012, the world’s largest annual conference and exposition for laboratory science. She spent the summer of 2012 in Dr. Cevdet Akbay working on research dealing with quantitation of isoflavones from soybeans. She will present her findings at Pittcon Conference 2013 (March 17-21, 2013, Philadelphia, PA).




Andrew Lee

Congratulations to Mr. Andrew D. Lee'07 who has been accepted by the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Program at Campbell University! Mr. Andrew D. Lee, a Summa Cum Laude of  BS Chemistry at FSU, did research in FSU with Drs. Shubo Han and Booker Juma on "Methionine Oxidation in alpha-Synuclein Oligomerization Linked to Parkinson's Disease".

Kimberly Wiggins

Dr. Kimberly R. Wiggins was a Chemistry BS graduate of FSU 2006 class who did research with Dr. Juma and Dr. Shubo Han on extraction and isolation of oligomeric proanthocyanidin complexes from red grape skins, attended graduate school in Biomedical Science Program at University of Virginia, and now is working as IRTA Fellow at NIH.

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