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Claflin University Hosts Summer Internship Program For High School STEM Scholars

Claflin University's unwavering pursuit of recognition for excellence in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) includes vigorously cultivating and recruiting high school scholars and introducing them to academic and career opportunities.
The Biomedical/Biomaterials Research Summer Internship Program (BR-SIP) began at Claflin on June 11 and more than a dozen high school students from North Carolina and South Carolina are receiving hands-on training in cutting-edge research. The students are mentored by Claflin's STEM faculty and assigned to a laboratory based on the research being conducted by their mentors. Participants in the five-week program are learning how to conduct and communicate results of their research, how to use specialized analytical equipment, and how to work collaboratively with a research team to solve real-world STEM problems. The students' experience as researchers expands their awareness of potential STEM careers and new techniques and theories in research.
Funding for the BR-SIP is provided by SC INBRE (IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence -NIH) and SC EPSCoR (Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research-NSF).  
"By working with a research mentor, these students will gain valuable research experience that can be applied when they college," said Dr. Verlie Tisdale, dean of the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and  EPSCoR project investigator. "In addition to being immersed in research projects, the students participate in a weekly journal club and discuss how to review and understand scientific articles. Field trips to STEM related sites such as the Greenwood Genetic Center, Coastal Carolina INBRE Laboratories and the Institute for Simulation & Training Laboratories at University of Central Florida are other program activities."
The students also receive training on leadership skills through "Rise of a Young Leader" Program which teaches and practices leadership and 21st century soft skills.  The program is coordinated by the SC Afterschool Alliance with training conducted by Hasani X.  The SC Afterschool Alliance received funding to partner with an HBCU to train students in STEM Leadership. Their goal is to leverage this summer program with other funding opportunities and be a model for the state.
"There are many complex barriers that decrease the likelihood of students, particularly, underrepresented minorities, graduating from college with a STEM degree," said Dr. Angela Peters, vice provost and INBRE project investigator. "This high school internship program coupled with STEM leadership training will provide pathways and career options within STEM fields, and increase recruitment, retention and graduation in STEM."
The culminating event for the program will be the Research Symposium on Friday, July 13, 10 a.m. until noon at the Molecular Science Research Center. The students will showcase their summer research in a poster session. Admission is free and the community is invited to view posters and meet the students. 
"We are hopeful these talented students are impressed with Claflin's academic programs and our emphasis on undergraduate STEM research," said Peters. "Hosting the INBRE program helps us identify and recruit these high-achieving high school scholars. We want Claflin to be at the top of their list of colleges and universities they are considering to continue their education."

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Claflin University's membership in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) became official on July 1, 2018. 

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Founded in 1912, the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) is the first African American athletic conference and one of the most recognized conferences in Division II. The CIAA conducts 14 championships attended by more than 150,000 fans from around the country.
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Employee News
Congratulations to Dr. Iris D. Bomar, associate vice president  for institutional advancement, who announced her retirement after 22 years of service to Claflin University.  Dr. Bomar graduated from South Carolina State College (University) with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration in 1971, a Master of Education degree in 1978, and a doctorate in educational administration in 1987.
Dr. Bomar's accomplishments over the years have been extensive and impressive. While at Claflin, she was awarded the  Outstanding Administrator of the Year Award in 2009, 2006 and 2002. In 2015, she was inducted into the Claflin University Hall of Fame.

Alumni News

Congratulations to the New York Metro Alumni Chapter on hosting their annual Skip Breakfast By-Pass Lunch event on Saturday, June 23. Pictured are  Michael O. Griffith, assistant secretary for the New York Branch NAACP;  Yvonne P. Armstrong, honoree and secretary for the New York Branch NAACP; Zelda M. Lee, '77, director of the annual fund/alumni relations;  Shirley C. Johnson, '60, New York Metro Alumni President; and  John Young, '60, CUIAA Northeast Regional Director. 

The Dougherty County Board of Education has named LaKisha Bryant Bruce, '95, as the district's director of community relations. Bruce will assume the position effective September 1. Bruce comes to the DCSS after serving as the president/CEO of the United Way of Southwest Georgia since 2012. Previously, she was the executive director of Girls, Inc., and director of Communications and Downtown Manager for Albany Tomorrow, Inc.

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