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Undergraduate HSSU scholars present their findings at the second annual Interdisciplinary Research Symposium

The second annual Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Research Symposium was on Friday, September 13, at the William Clay Sr. Parenting Education Center and Early Childhood Education Building.

Dr. Tommie Turner, Director of the Institute for Science and Mathematics said, “These students worked diligently with their respective Harris-Stowe faculty research advisors to investigate societal questions, seek solutions to various issues and prepare themselves for post-graduate pursuits.”

The symposium is an opportunity for HSSU scholars to present their research to the community and answer questions about their findings.

“After participating in the Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Research Symposium, I believe that these student researchers have enhanced their academic foundation while matriculating at Harris-Stowe,” Turner said.

In a letter written to the student researchers, Interim President Dr. Dwayne Smith said he was incredibly proud of the work HSSU students presented at the conference.

“Research is at the forefront of our institution’s mission to promote scholarship and academic endeavors among our scholars,” Smith said.

Dr. Alonzo DeCarlo, Interim Associate Provost of Academic Affairs, also supports HSSU students in their research roles.

“For future employers and graduate schools, this opportunity allows our students to exhibit a distinctive and valuable level of academic engagement and ingenuity,” Decarlo said.

The purpose of the symposium was to provide an academic forum for student researchers from the Anheuser-Busch School of Business, College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Education to present their scholarly research to the campus community.

Yuliana Noyola Miranda, student researcher from the Anheuser-Busch School of Business, focused her research on cybersecurity strategies, under the advisement of Dr. Robert Kamkwalala.

“Diagnosis of Time Based Model of Security on Value of Information: A Qualitative Approach to Information Technology Spending and Risk Analysis,” is the title of Noyola’s research she presented at the symposium. The goal of her research was to understand cybersecurity risk metrics to implement better security strategies.

“I intend to own a business in the future,” Noyola said. “It was clear that a double major in business administration and accounting would provide me with the knowledge and skills to achieve my goal.”

Noyola is interested in gaining her education and pursuing a career in business because it will also be beneficial in helping her family’s business.

“It would mostly allow me to help my parents improve and expand our family business,” Noyola said. “This way I can contribute in some way for all the support and love they have given me throughout my life.”

Noyola plans to enhance her accounting skills to impact minority communities and their understanding of resource allocations.

“I am an international student whose first language is Spanish,” Noyola said. “I have experienced the lack of assistance with different laws and regulations.”

Noyola said she believes her accounting degree will allow her to reach minorities who experience these problems and orient them towards making the right decision about their resources.

Rachel Taylor-Huang, a student researcher in the College of Arts and Sciences, majoring in psychology, says she switched her major because of the many opportunities that stem from this degree field.

The title of Taylor-Huang’s research is, “Privacy Technology and the New Digital Divide,” which she completed with Dr. Reynaldo Anderson. The research explores various technologies developed throughout the years in addition to how race plays a factor in creating the new digital divide.

“During my first year in college, I took Dr. Anderson’s courses,” Taylor-Huang said. “He pioneered Afrofuturism 2.0.”

Researchers completed previous research on Afrofuturism in the Web 1.0 era, based on the Clearnet, which is the openly accessible internet typically everyone uses.

“Afrofuturism was a topic of discussion with Dr. Anderson, when I first met him,” Taylor-Huang said. “I dived into this research; it has been fun ever since.”

Taylor-Huang said she plans to complete her graduate studies in Japan while working as an English teacher after she graduates from HSSU.

Tremont Davis, another student researcher studying psychology, completed his research with Dr. Amy Ruffus-Door in the College of Education. Davis studied the barriers between African American males and the education field.

“Before I decided on psychology, I chose education for my major and I played football,” Davis. “I took some time off from school.”

Davis said during that time, he reflected on how valuable getting an education is and decided to return.

“I looked into majoring in psychology,” Davis said. “It is a versatile major and you can do a lot with it. I saw it was a newly offered degree program at HSSU.”

“Seen but unheard? Exploring the educational experience of African American males – A qualitative investigation,” is the title of Davis’ research project. This exploratory case study examined the impact of students coming from families who did not prepare them to be academically successful at the college level through in-depth interviews.

“I wanted to complete a research project relevant to me,” Davis said.

Davis said he wanted his research to be something he could connect to as well as those around him.

“I identify with being a black male in class in addition to the adversities that come along with it,” Davis said. “I also know many people who have struggled with the same things I do.”

Davis said he plans to go to graduate school after completing his undergraduate degree at HSSU.

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