Three SUBR student scholars selected for national lab internship


SU alum, research scientist will supervise and serve as mentor 

Southern University Baton Rouge (SUBR) freshmen Jonalyn Fair and Oscar McClain, and graduating senior André Spears, have been selected to participate in the Summer 2016 Minority Serving Institutions Partnership Program (MSIPP).

The three SUBR Timbuktu Academy and the Louis Stokes Louisiana Alliance for Minority Participation (LS-LAMP) Program scholars will conduct research for 10 weeks at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in Los Alamos, New Mexico.

McClain is pursuing a dual degree in chemistry and chemical engineering. Fair and Spears are mathematics and physics, with a physics concentration, majors. MSIPP normally selects from a pool of junior and senior applicants, however; McClain's and Fair's outstanding academic achievements greatly influenced their selection.

Spears, whose Summer 2016 internship marks his third time participating in the MSIPP Program at LANL, will receive his bachelor of science degree in May.  He was selected in the summers of 2014 and 2015, and has been studying electrochemistry and half-cell reactions.

A top SUBR physics graduate, Tommy Rockward, will mentor and supervise the research projects of these SU students at LANL. Rockward serves as a lead research scientist at LANL.

Southern University and LANL, along with six other HBCUs and one other national laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Lab, are members of the Consortium for Materials and Energy Security (CMaES). The lead institution of the consortium is Florida A&M University. CMaES is funded by the United States Department of Energy (DOE)/National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). The SUBR students' participation in MSIPP is being funded by DOE/NNSA.

Diola Bagayoko, Southern University System Distinguished Professor of Physics, dean of the Dolores Margaret Richard Spikes Honors College, and the director of the Timbuktu Academy and LS-LAMP, is the project director of CMaES at SUBR.

The priority areas of CMaES are student training in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields through research internships and pre-college initiatives, and research collaborations between consortium partners in areas of interest to DOE. Through its research efforts, CMaES seeks to support the mission of DOE/NNSA.


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Diola Bagayoko, Ph.D.
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Director, the Timbuktu Academy and LS-LAMP
Southern University System Distinguished Professor of Physics
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