African-American students to present research at University Park symposium

Students, faculty and staff are invited to attend the Feb. 27 event

Credit: ProvidedAll Rights Reserved.

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — African-American undergraduate and graduate students at Penn State who previously have presented research posters at symposiums will present their posters at a Research Symposium and Reception hosted by the Alliance for Education, Science, Engineering and Development in Africa (AESEDA) in honor of Black History Month.

The symposium and reception will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 27, in the Alumni Fireside Lounge of the Nittany Lion Inn on the University Park campus.

Students, staff and faculty from all colleges University-wide are invited and welcome to attend.

AESEDA is hosting the symposium and reception in collaboration with the Africana Research Center, the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, the Office of Graduate Educational Equity Programs, the Council of College Multicultural Leadership, and the Office of the Vice Provost for Educational Equity.

“We foster the spirit of excellence on campus during Black History Month by recognizing our youngest black scholars — our undergraduate and graduate students,” said Gregory Jenkins, Penn State professor of meteorology and AESEDA director. “Many of these students are in programs such as the Millennium Scholars Programs or the McNair Program in STEM disciplines. However, we have young scholars throughout the campus who are designing and creating knowledge that will change communities locally and globally.   

“In this reception, we bring scholars across the generations and disciplines to meet and greet. We also bring together those who support student scholars — staff, faculty mentors and peers — each day to ensure their success,” added Jenkins. “We encourage young scholars to submit their research posters and for the rest of the Penn State community to join us in fellowship.”


The Alliance for Education, Science, Engineering and Development in Africa, in the Office of Global Programs, serves as a coordinating body that promotes Penn State engagement in Africa. Its mission is to help build partnerships with African institutions that develop and foster collaboration and mutually beneficial programs. Our emphasis is on programs that integrate research with education, while improving the human condition and enhancing economic vitality for African populations.

Last Updated February 19, 2019