The family of the Late Bishop Windsor D. Ferguson is proud to announce the recipients of The Windsor D. Ferguson Memorial STEM Awards at Tuskegee University. This award is restricted to a Florida or a Maryland fulltime undergraduate who demonstrates leadership qualities and academic success. This is our third year with this award, and we expected to make only one award; however, the quality and volume of applications made that difficult. We believe these students represent dad’s character and ‘the best and brightest’ of what Tuskegee offers. Five of the award recipients are from Miami, Fla.
*Rodney Claude, a junior Biology major. Rodney’s career goal is to become an Obstetrician to help decrease the mortality rate of mothers and premature babies. He believes as an Obstetrician he will help deliver future leaders into the world and help lead and teach our prodigies to create a better world. Rodney is an honor graduate of Miami Dade College, with an Associate in Art degree, majoring in Biology. He is a Tuskegee University Scholar and a member of the Biology Club. Rodney has volunteered at Tuskegee Public Schools for the “Do You Know Your H2O” program to assist students with scientific experiments, teach students about pH of different water, and help students understand the structure of an H2O molecule.
*Camryn Granger, a sophomore Animal Science student. Camryn’s career goal is to become a US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Meat Inspector and to educate citizens of the world about our intimate relationship with agriculture. Camryn is an honor student, a Tuskegee University Scholar, and recipient of the Florida’s Talented 20% Scholarship. She was accepted into the South Dakota State University (SDSU) USDA Research and Extension Experience for Undergraduates (REEU) two-year summer internship. Last summer she conducted and assisted SDSU graduate students on beef cattle reproduction and physiology research. This summer she will intern at the USDA-ARS-Meat Animal Research Center in Clay Center, Nebraska. Camryn has worked at the TU Poultry Farm and currently works at the TU LET US Academy. She is Treasurer for the TU Block & Bridle and Historian for the TU Pre-Vet Club.
*Sephora Jean, a junior Biology major. Sephora has always considered pursuing a degree in biological sciences because of the endless opportunities to assist with improving the health care system in her native country of Haiti and around the world. She plans to attend graduate school to become a Physician Assistant with a focus on pediatrics. She is interested in cancer research to understand the relevance of chemical studies in cell models and learn more about the environmental risk factors. Sephora is an honor student, a Tuskegee University Merit Scholar, and a George Washington Carver Scholar. She is an undergraduate Teaching Assistant for Tuskegee’s Chemistry department and is a student ambassador for the American Chemistry Society (ACS) and the Biology Club/Minority Association of Pre-Health Students (MAPS). Sephora volunteers with ACS chapter members at Tuskegee Public School.
*Etinosa Iyayi, a junior Biology major. Etinosa’s interests leads her on a path to Biology/Pre-medical sciences to take advantage of research opportunities that can contribute to science and translational medicine. She dreams of becoming a Pediatrician. Etinosa is an honor student, a Tuskegee University Merit Scholar, and a George Washington Carver Scholar. She is an undergraduate Teaching Assistant for Tuskegee’s Chemistry department and is a member of the American Chemistry Society (ACS), the Biology Club/Minority Association of Pre-Health Students (MAPS), and the International Student.
*Rodahina Pasteurin, a junior Biology major. Rodahina’s career goal is to become a Medical Scientist to help uncover new treatment and prevention methods for various diseases and to make great breakthroughs in science. She understands that Biology is constantly evolving with new discoveries so her education will extend beyond her undergraduate studies. Rodahina graduated with highest honors from Miami Dade College, with an Associate in Art degree, majoring in Biology. She is a first-generation college student, a Tuskegee University Scholar, and a member of the Marching Crimson Piper Marching Band. Rodahina is a past Howard Hughes Medical Institute Scholar who analyzed Nematode C. Elegans to study the pharmacological effects of copper (1) oxide nanoparticles. She has served as a STEM Ambassador, Medical Assistant, Jackson Memorial Hospital volunteer, Peer Tutor, and church volunteer. “Rodahina expressed a concern about how incredibly underrepresented women of color are in STEM fields so she aims to achieve a career in STEM to bridge the gap and create a walkway for young women to follow.
*Maya Sullivan, a sophomore Animal Science student. Maya’s career goal is to become a veterinarian and to serve as a mentor. She is an honor student, a Tuskegee University Scholar, a Pre-Veterinary Medical Scholar, a George Washington Carver Scholar, a USDA James E. Tatum Scholar, recipient of the Girl Scouts Council of the Nation’s Capital’s Gold Award Scholarship, and a past recipient of the Windsor D. Ferguson Memorial Award. She’s interned at Adams Morgan Animal Hospital, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS), and the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. She volunteers at Tuskegee’s Small Animal Hospital for special events and is a member of Tuskegee’s LET US Academy, Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences (MANRRS), Pre-Vet Club, Pre-Alumni Club, and EPA Environmental Justice Academy. She also volunteers as a UNCF Ambassador and a Girl Scout Troop Assistant Leader. For years Maya has volunteered at animal shelters to assist with care of animals and shadowed veterinarians to learn more about the care of small animals.