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DSU McNair Scholars Attend Second Annual Mississippi McNair Symposium

L to R: Kye Richardson, Alexis Austin, Hertayshia Thomas, Lemarcus Hudson, Ian Matthews, Jalen Carney, Sykina Butts, A'Kaychia Lowery, Khyla Grant, Chasten Conway, and Denicia Diew.

On Oct. 4-5, the McNair Scholars at Delta State University attended the second annual Mississippi McNair Symposium at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. This two-day event allowed scholars to gain access to several professional development opportunities, such as attending graduate school panels, discussing research with scholars from around the state, and presenting their own research.

DSU scholars’ summer research presented at the conference, and their faculty mentor:

Khyla Grant: “Student Wellness Research”
Mentor: Dr. Georgianna Mann, associate professor of nutrition and hospitality management, University of Mississippi

Sykina Butts: “Driver Performance & Attention: The Effects of Automation on Driver Alertness”
Mentor: Dr. Joel Cooper, research associate professor, cognition and neural science, University of Utah

Jalen Carney: “Understanding Resiliency in Student Veterans and Non-Veteran Students in the Mississippi Delta: A Pilot Study”
Mentor: Dr. Natasha Barnes, assistant professor of counselor education, Delta State University

Denicia Diew: “Depletion of Macrophages with Clodronate Partially Reduces the Progression of Renal Injury in Obese Dahl Salt Sensitive Rats During Prepubertal Obesity”
Mentor: Dr. Jan Michael Williams, associate professor, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Mississippi Medical Center