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A Bowie State McNair Scholar Wins Second Place in Research Competition

October 31, 2018
Brenda Tankeudjiotchu Presents Research on a Potential New Class of Cancer Treatments

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(BOWIE, Md.) A Bowie State University biology student took second place this month in a research competition for scholars from around the country in the highly selective McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program, which prepares students from underrepresented groups for doctoral studies through research activities.

Brenda Tankeudjiotchu

Brenda Tankeudjiotchu, a junior majoring in biology, presented her research poster at the McNair Scholars Research Conference in the life sciences on her work to develop a potential new class of cancer treatment compounds. Under the guidance of Assistant Professor Jacqueline Smith, Tankeudjiotchu helped to create a synthetic inhibitor of a protein that could stop the growth of cancer cells. She completed the research during the university’s 2018 Summer Undergraduate Research Institute (SURI).

Tankeudjiotchu is one of seven students in the McNair Scholars Program at Bowie State who participated in the conference from Oct. 18-19 at Florida International University in Miami. The conference hosted about 250 undergraduate students, who applied to participate.

The McNair Scholars Program at Bowie State supports 25 undergraduate students from various majors, including biology, psychology, computer technology, nursing and social work. The students get guidance from faculty mentors as they conduct interdisciplinary research to prepare for doctoral study. Student participants receive stipends award for scholarly research activities and conference participation.

The other Bowie State McNair Scholars who presented at the conference are:

  • Shannel Blake, junior, psychology major
    Title: Collaborative Project-Based Learning (CPBL) and Its Impact on Self-efficacy, Academic Success, and Persistence Rates
  • Sadiyah Jenkins, junior, psychology major
    Fiona Gilpin Macfoy, senior, psychology major
    Title: #MeToo?: Perceived Cultural Differences in the Current Feminist Movements
  • Debora Louis, junior, psychology major
    Title: The Effects of Collaborative Project-Based Learning on Self-efficacy, Academic Success, and Persistence Rate  

  • Mayowa Osunsanya, junior, biology major
    Title: Synthesis of Methylated 5 - Azaindole Analogs
  • Christ Warren Tessofo, sophomore, biology major
    Title: Synthesis of C-2 Functionalized Ribofuranosylpurine Analogues as Potential Antiviral Agents



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