Morehouse College students took second place nationally recently in an Emerging Researchers National Conference in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).
The Washington, D.C., conference, hosted by the National Science Foundation and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, is designed to help undergraduate and graduate students prepare for science careers in a global workforce.
The Morehouse students’ Riverside Water Purification System prototype placed second in the in the competition in late April and earned students an $800 cash prize. Team winners were: Stephen Seymour, Jesus Arredondo, Nicolette Barriffe (Clark Atlanta University), Carter Bowdoin, and Leoul Tilahun. The students were mentored by Ayodeji Oyensanya, manager of the Morehouse College Makerspace Exploration Center.
“The amazing thing about this team is that they are freshmen who competed against upperclassmen,” said Dr. Lycurgus L. Muldrow, Ph.D., director of sponsored research and integrative activities at Morehouse, in the Division of Science and Mathematics.
The team is part of the Makerspace Exploration Center, which enhances students’ tech literacy, innovation skills, and critical thinking, Muldrow explained. Morehouse encourages student participation in STEM-related, do-it-yourself activities that foster creativity, ingenuity, and leadership development.