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Ag Takes 60 to Atlanta Symposium

awardees from CALNS
April 21, 2022

Nine Return with Awards

A group from the College of Agricultural, Life and Natural Sciences at Alabama A&M University recently traveled to Atlanta, Ga., to participate in the four-day 20th Research Symposium of the Association of 1890 Research Directors, Inc. (ARD).

Over 60 individuals, led by the dean and research director, including faculty, staff, and students, boarded the chartered University bus to experience this annual event and to put their talents and research savvy on display.

Focusing on the theme “Pathways to Build Back Better,” the 2022 conference hosted hundreds of student and faculty scholars from each of the 1890 land-grant universities in the areas of oral and poster research presentations.

Generally, the graduate and undergraduate student categories are competitive; while faculty/scientists, and administrator categories are not.  However, the Morrison-Evans Outstanding Scientist and the B.D. Mayberry Young Scientist awards allow for competition among faculty from the 19 schools.

Students won a total of nine awards: Family and Animal Sciences (FAS), 4; Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS), 4; and Biological and Environmental Sciences (BES), 1. 

The winners are pictured (l-r):   FCS Awardees:  Nia Freeman, Undergraduate Poster, 3rd place - FCS-Education; Keonna King, Graduate Poster, 2nd place - Human Development and Family Studies; Alexis Presnell, Graduate Poster, 3rd place - Nutrition and Hospitality Management-General Dietetics; Darlene Minniefield (not shown; Ashley Knight collected award), Graduate Poster, 3rd place - Human Development and Family Studies; BES Awardee: Kimberly Anne Bowman, Graduate Oral, 1st place - BES-Plant and Soil Science.  FAS Awardees: Kunle Taofeek, Graduate Oral, 3rd place (Animal Bio-Health); Rajwinder Kaur, Graduate Poster, 1st place; and Alton Chambers, Undergraduate Oral, 1st place & Undergraduate Poster, 3rd place.