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NSF/QEM Research Coordination Networks in Undergraduate Biology Education Workshop

 

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The QEM Network, with support from the National Science Foundation (NSF)'s Research Coordination Networks in Undergraduate Biology  Education (RCN-UBE) Program will host aFree Information and Proposal Development Workshop on the RCN-UBE program for HBCUs. This workshop will allow biology faculty members at HBCUs to have…

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Leadership Team 

 

   Terrell R. Morton, Ph.D. 

 (Principal Investigator, 2020 - 2021)

Dr. Terrell R. Morton is an Assistant Professor of Identity and Justice in STEM Education at the University of Missouri-Columbia in Columbia, MO.  He obtained a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from North Carolina A&T State University, a Master of Science in Neuroscience from the University of Miami, and a Ph.D. in Education, concentration Learning Sciences and Psychological Studies from UNC Chapel - Hill. Dr. Morton's research focuses on identity as it informs the persistence and engagement of Black and other minoritized students in postsecondary STEM. 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mark A. Melton, Ph.D. 

(Co-Principal Investigator, 2020 - 2021)

Dr. Mark A. Melton is a Professor of Biology and Dean for the School of Sciences, Mathematics, and Public Health at Saint Augustine's University in Raleigh, NC.  He obtained a Bachelor of Science in Biology from UNC Chapel-Hill, a Master of Science in Developmental Biology from North Carolina A&T State University, and a Ph.D. in Developmental Neurophysiology from the University of Maryland College Park. Dr. Melton's research focuses on developmental genetics and gene expression. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walter Gassmann, Ph.D.

(Co-Principal Investigator, 2020 - 2021)

Dr. Walter Gassmann is a Professor of Plant Sciences and the Interim Director of the Christopher S. Bond Life Sciences Center at the University of Missouri-Columbia in Columbia, MO. He received a Master of Science in Biochemistry from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Gassmann's research focuses on understanding the functions of the Arabidopsis innate immune system. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kilan C. Ashad-Bishop, Ph.D.

(Advisory Board, 2020 - 2021)

Dr. Kilan C. Ashad-Bishop is Postdoctoral Scholar in the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Miami in Miami, FL and the Director of College Access for Breakthrough Miami. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Morgan State University and a Ph.D. in Cancer Biology from the University of Miami. Dr. Ashad-Bishop ia a biomedical scientist and advocate for inclusion who has carved her niche at the intersection of science, health, and social change.
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lydia Bentley, Ph.D. 

(Advisory Board, 2020 - 2021)

Dr. Lydia Bentley is an Associate Director of the Teaching For Learning Center at the University of Missouri-Columbia in Columbia, MO. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Georgetown University, a Master of Education in Special Education from the University of Virginia, and a Ph.D. in Development, Learning, and Diversity from Vanderbilt University. Dr. Bentley's work focuses on understanding the educational experiences of underrepresented and minoritized postsecondary students and on how to nurture inclusive and engaging classroom environments. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Freddie E. Wills, Jr., Ph.D.

(Advisory Board, 2020 - 2021) 

Dr. Freddie E. Wills, Jr., is the Assistant Vice President for STEM Initiatives and the Principal Investigator of the Missouri Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation at Harris Stowe State University in St. Louis, MO. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Southwest Baptist University, a Master of Arts in Communication from Webster University, and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Saint Louis University. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NaTashua Davis, Ph.D. 

(Advisory Board, 2020 - 2021)

Dr. NaTashua Davis is the Executive Director of Access and Leadership Development in the Division of Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity at the University of Missouri-Columbia in Columbia, MO. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Kansas State University, a Master of Science in Education from Kansas State University, and a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Missouri-Columbia.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Student Leaders:

  • Auden Conyers
    • Undergraduate Research Assistant & Marketing Director (2020-2021)
    • University of Missouri-Columbia (Columbia, MO)
  • Michele R. Williams M, Ed.
    • Graduate Research Assistant (2020-2021)
    • University of Missouri-Columbia (Columbia, MO)
  • Alexis Hunter
    • Undergraduate Research Assistant (2020-2021)
    • University of Missouri-Columbia (Columbia, MO)
  • Miles Smith
    • Undergraduate Research Assistant (2020-2021)
    • University of Missouri-Columbia (Columbia, MO)
  • Imari Bramlett
    • Undergraduate Research Assistant (2020-2021)
    • University of Missouri-Columbia (Columbia, MO)