Two recent alumni were admitted to the Google Summer of Code summer internship program, which pays a stipend to students for contributing to open-source coding projects. The alumni and projects are Nga Tran, '21, information technology, "Adding more functionality to AnalySim: a data sharing and analysis platform," and Elijah Noisin, '21, psychology, "Re-creating the Leech Heartbeat Network Model Tutorial using the Neuron Simulator in Python and NeuroML." The students were mentored by Drs. Anca Doloc-Mihu and Cengiz Gunay, both assistant professors of information technology.
GGC alumna Evelyn B. Calina wins the 2021 American Chemical Society Undergraduate Student Award in Environmental Chemistry
Evelyn B. Calina, '21, biology, has won the 2021 American Chemical Society Undergraduate Student Award in Environmental Chemistry for her outstanding contributions in chemistry and environmental science. She is the fifth GGC student in the GGC Environmental Research Cluster to win this prestigious, national award, which is won by about 20 students per year. Calina conducted multiple research projects, culminating in co-authorship on “Locally Sustainable Biodiesel Production from Waste Cooking Oil and Grease Using a Deep Eutectic Solvent: Characterization, Thermal Properties, and Blend Performance,” with GGC student colleagues Lorraine Kadima, '19, chemistry, and Carlove Bourdeau, '19, chemistry, along with Drs. Neelam Khan, Sang H. Park and David P. Pursell of GGC, and external collaborator Dr. Charles Warren Edmunds from PerkinElmer. The article was published in ACS Omega, 2021, 6, 9204-9212.
Diondra Burgess receives the 2020-21 Georgia Association of Colleges and Employers' Jack Mangham Experiential Learning Award
Diondra Burgess, '21, human development and aging services, received the 2020-21 Georgia Association of Colleges and Employers' Jack Mangham Experiential Learning Award. She is the first GGC student/alumna to receive this award, which honors students at Georgia institutions of higher learning who participate in experiential learning such as co-op, internship, student teaching or volunteerism and who demonstrate exemplary performance in academic work and community settings.
Three GGC alumni recently received the 35 Under 35 Award from Gwinnett Young Professionals, a personal and professional development program of the Gwinnett Chamber. This prestigious award honors influential young professionals in our community who are innovators in their fields. They are Malik Cooper, ’20, business, consultant with OnePlan Solutions; Elease Dillard, ’15, biology, founder of The Student Navigator; and Homero Gonzalez, ’11, business, co-founder and president/CEO of ULTIM Marketing. Additional alumni were recognized as nominees for the award.
Pictured above: Malik Cooper, ’20, business, consultant with OnePlan Solutions; Elease Dillard, ’15, biology, founder of The Student Navigator; and Homero Gonzalez, ’11, business, co-founder and president/CEO of ULTIM Marketing
Brittany Weaver, director of New Student Connections, recently received the Gwinnett Young Professionals’ (GYP) 35 Under 35 Award. GYP is a personal and professional development program of the Gwinnett Chamber. This prestigious award honors influential young professionals in our community who are innovators in their fields. Weaver joined the GGC staff in 2018.
Dr. Michelle Rosemond
Dr. Latanya Hammonds-Odie
Several Student Engagement and Success (SES) staff and faculty allies will present at two conferences during summer 2021.
Dr. Michelle Rosemond, vice president for SES, Dr. Latanya Hammonds-Odie, associate professor of biology, and Juan Ren, senior institutional research analyst, will present a research poster at the Accelerating Systemic Change Network in June. The research poster is titled, “Moving beyond Access with a Data Collection Ecosystem to optimize Underrepresented Minority Student Persistence in STEM.”
Rosemond also will present two research topics at the NASPA Virtual Assessment, Persistence, and Data Analytics Conference in June. The first presentation titled, “An Analytical Ecosystem to Drive First-Year Success at a Minority-Serving Institution,” will include presenters Dr. Justin Jernigan, senior associate vice president for Student Success, and Juan Ren, senior institutional research analyst.
Rosemond partnered with members of the Carl Vinson Institute on her second NASPA research presentation, “Data-Informed Data Informing.” Both presentations focus on student success and persistence.
Dr. Roslyn Brown
Dr. Roslyn Brown, director of Career Services, received the 2021 Georgia Association of Colleges and Employers (GACE) Founder's Award. The award recognizes outstanding service, support and dedication to GACE and the career services and recruitment professions. GACE's highest honor, it is only awarded when deemed appropriate. It was last awarded in 2016.
Dr. Alvina Atkinson
Dr. Alvina Atkinson, professor of mathematics, was featured in a recent article entitled, "Navigating college as a first generation student: An interview with Alvina Atkinson," published by Princeton University Press.
Dr. Dovile Budryte
Dr. Dovile Budryte, professor of political science, recently appeared on the syndicated, weekly radio program "Scholars Circle." She participated in a panel discussion on the topic, "What does acknowledgement and commemoration mean for genocide awareness and justice?" Produced by the University of Auckland, New Zealand, programs produced by "Scholars circle" are aired by several radio stations in the U.S.
Dr. Peter C. Sakaris
Dr. Peter C. Sakaris, professor of biology, coauthored a paper entitled, "Comparison of Two Otolith Processing Methods for Estimating Age of Three Catfish Species," which appeared in the North American Journal of Fisheries Management, Special Issue: Catfish 2020 – the 3rd International Catfish Symposium.