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Mentorship

As a mentor, I pride myself with making sure that each student I encounter is not only prepared to achieve his/her college degree but is also equipped to be successful post-graduation. During my arrival to the Computer Science Department at Morgan State University, I established the EHS (Education, Humanistic, and Social) Computing Research Lab in which I am the director. Through the EHS Computing Lab, I have implemented the following approaches to mentor and prepare students for success through exposure to:

 

  1. Research experiences that can complement and enhance their technical skill-sets,
     

  2. Professional organizations and networks that will enable them to establish a sense of connection within the field of Computing, and
     

  3. Professional conferences in the field of Computing that will help them meet other professionals and contacts as they establish themselves as up and coming Computer Scientists.
     

  4. Mentorship as they prepare and pursue their graduate studies.

To date, I have mentored at total of 36 undergraduate students as research assistants, 10 who are either enrolled or have completed their Master’s here at Morgan State or other institutions, 1 who is currently working on his Ph.D. at my alma mater (The University of Alabama), and 25 who are now working in industry, government, or non-profit sectors. Through my research grants, I have directly funded 22 students as research assistants. Over this past year, I have also mentored two Master’s students who recently graduated and have published under my mentorship.

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Morgan State Research Symposium (2019)

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Morgan State Research Symposium 

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Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates

University of Alabama 

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Morgan State Research Symposium

I have also taken a total of 24 Morgan State computer science majors to national conferences throughout the country to present research, gain further exposure to the field of Computer Science, expand upon their opportunities to network with other professionals in the field, and envision a career path that is conducive to their pursuit of interest. Notable conferences include SIGCSE, Black Data Processing Associates (BDPA), National Society of Blacks in Computing (NSBC), Grace Hopper, and STARS Celebration Conference.

 

To my delight, many of my students have expressed interest and have taken steps to become more engaged with research and pursue graduate school upon graduation after attending these conferences.

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Grace Hopper Celebration

Orlando, FL

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National Society of Blacks in Computing Conference 

Atlanta, GA

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STARS Celebration Conference

Washington, DC

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