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Adrian D. Addison, Ph.D. - Geology

Hometown
Blythewood, South Carolina

Degrees
BS Geophysics, University of Oklahoma
Ph.D., Geology, University of South Carolina (2009)

Mentor
Dr. Camelia C. Knapp

Current Position
Assistant Research Professor
Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences
Earth Sciences and Resources Institute
University of South Carolina
Columbia, South Carolina

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Sharla Benson-Brown, Ph.D.- Educational Studies/ Foundations

Hometown
Columbia, South Carolina 

Degrees
BA African American Studies, University of South Carolina
M.A.T. Social Studies, University of South Carolina
Ph.D., Educational Studies/ Foundations, University of South Carolina (2013)

Mentor
Dr. Michelle Jay

Current Position
Currently pursuing employment

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Alvoy L. Bryan, Jr., DMA - Music Performance

Hometown
Decatur, Georgia 

Degrees
BM Music Performance, Indiana University
MM Music Performance, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Ph.D., Music Performance, University of South Carolina (2011)

Mentor
Dr. Constance Gee

Current Position
Assistant Professor of Music and Director
Chair of the Music Department
Allen University
Columbia, South Carolina

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Courtney T. Callahan, Ph.D. - Biomedical Sciences

Hometown
Aiken, South Carolina

Degrees
BS Biology, Winthrop University
Ph.D. Biomedical Sciences, University of South Carolina (2012)

Mentors
Dr. Richard Hunt
Dr. Bert Ely, III

Current Position
Biologist
Bioterrorism Rapid Response and Advanced Technology Laboratory Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
Atlanta, Georgia

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Terry Carter, Ph.D. - English

Hometown
Batesburg-Leesville, South Carolina

Degrees
BS, English, University of South Carolina
MA, English, University of South Carolina
Ph.D., English, University of South Carolina (2002)

Mentor
Dr. Nancy Thompson

Current Position
Associate Professor
English
Southern Polytechnic State University
Marietta, Georgia

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Kevin M. Daniels, Ph.D.- Electrical Engineering

Hometown
Columbia, South Carolina

Degrees
BS Engineering, University of South Carolina

Mentors
Dr. MVS Chandrashekar

Career Plans
To be employed at a National Laboratory or in a Professorship.

Select Accomplishments
Received the Discovery Day 2009 Second Place Poster Presentation Award.

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Brent E. Dial, Ph.D. - Chemistry & Biochemistry

Hometown
Anderson, South Carolina

Degrees
BS Chemistry, University of South Carolina
Ph.D. Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of South Carolina (2012)

Mentors
Dr. Ken D. Shimizu

Current Position
Synthetic Organic Chemist
Sandia National Laboratory
Albuquerque, New Mexico

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D. Samuel Deutsch, Ph.D. - Chemical Engineering

Hometown
Dobbs Ferry, New York

Degrees
BS, Chemical Engineering, Brown University
Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of South Carolina (2006)

Mentor
Dr. Christopher Williams

Current Position
Complex Engineer
Beaumont Refinery Technical Division ExxonMobil Refining and Supply
Beaumont, Texas

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Shundelle LaTjuan Dogan, Ph.D. - Educational Leadership & Policies

Hometown
Greenville, South Carolina

Degrees
BA, Journalism, University of South Carolina
M.Ed, Student Personnel Services, University of South Carolina
Ph.D., Higher Education Administration, University of  South Carolina (2002)

Mentor
Dr. Richard Wertz

Current Position
Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs Manager
International Business Machines - IBM
Atlanta, Georgia

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Tracy Dunn, Ph.D. - Business Marketing

Hometown
Camden, South Carolina

Degrees
BA,German, Wofford College
MS, Journalism, University of South Carolina
MBA, University of South Carolina
Ph.D., Marketing, University of South Carolina (2003)

Mentor
Dr. June Cotte

Current Position
Assistant Professor of Marketing
Associate Professor and Assistant Dean
Benedict College School of Business and Economics
Columbia, South Carolina

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Jamelle Ellis, Ph.D. - Environmental Health Sciences

Hometown
Charleston, South Carolina

Degrees
BS Textile Management, Clemson University
MS Environmental Engineering Science, Clemson University

Mentor
Dr. Dwayne Porter

Career Plans
To become a professor in the Environmental Science field and Non-Profit Endeavors.

Select Accomplishments
Participated in the Southeast Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate- SEAGEP Conference, June 2009, Charleston, South Carolina.

Participated in the Institute for Teaching and Mentoring Conference, October 2009, Alexandria, Virginia.

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Dorinda J. Gallant, Ph.D. - Educational Psychology Research

Hometown
Andrews, South Carolina

Degrees
BA, Mathematics, Winthrop University
M.Ed., Secondary Education/Mathematics, Coastal Carolina University
Ph.D., Educational Studies/ Research and Measurement, University of South Carolina (2005)

Mentor
Dr. Huynh Huynh

Current Position
Assistant Professor, Quantitative Research, Evaluation, and Measurement Education
College of Education
The Ohio State University
Columbus, Ohio

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Fredrick A. Gardin, Ph.D. - Physical Education

Hometown
Mt. Holly, North Carolina

Degrees
BS Health Education, Appalachian State University
MA Health Education, East Carolina University
Ph.D., Physical Education, University of South Carolina (2009)

Mentor
Dr. Jim Mensch

Current Position
Assistant Professor
Department of Exercise Science and Physical Education
Montclair State University
Montclair, New Jersey

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Sirena Hargrove-Leak, Ph.D. - Chemical Engineering

Hometown
Kittrell, North Carolina

Degrees
BS, Chemical Engineering, North Carolina A & T University
Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of South Carolina (2003)

Mentor
Dr. Michael Matthews

Current Position
Assistant Professor
Dual-Degree Engineering Program
Elon University
Elon, North Carolina

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Maxine L. Henry, M.S. - Marine Science

Hometown
Southfield, Michigan

Degrees
BS, General Zoology, Michigan State University
BA, French, Michigan State University
MS, Marine Science, University of South Carolina (2005)

Mentor
Dr. Steve Stancyk

Current Position
Marine Science Laboratory Manager
Marine Science Program
University of South Carolina

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Joyce D. Jackson, Ph.D. - Management Science

Hometown
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Degrees
BS Computer Science, Point Park University
MBA, Penn State University
Ph.D., Management Science, University of South Carolina (2007)

Mentor
Dr. Mun Yi

Current Position
Assistant Professor
Department of Computer Information Systems and Quantitative Methods
University of Texas- Pan American
Edinburg, Texas

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Brian Johnson, Ph.D. - English

Hometown
Durham, North Carolina

Degrees
BA, English (magna cum laude), Johnson C. Smith
University Honors College
MA, English, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Ph.D., English, University of South Carolina (2003)

Mentor
Dr. Kwame Dawes

Current Position
Vice President for Strategic Planning and Institutional Effectiveness
Austin Peay State University
Clarksville, Tennessee

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Christopher Leevy Johnson, Ph.D. - History

Hometown
Columbia, South Carolina

Degrees
BA, American History (With Honors), University of North Carolina
MA, American History, University of South Carolina
Ph.D., History, University of South Carolina (2004)

Mentor
Dr. Bobby Donaldson

Current Position
Campus Pastor
Brookland Northeast Baptist Church
Columbia, South Carolina

Managing Director
Leevy's Funeral Homes

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George L. Johnson, Jr., Ph.D. - Educational Psychology & Special Education

Hometown
Atlanta, Georgia

Degrees
BA, Government, University of Massachusetts
M.Ed., Management, Cambridge College
Ph.D., Educational Studies/Special Education, University of South Carolina (2005)

Mentor
Dr. Mitch Yell

Current Position
Assistant Professor of Special Education
College of Education, Humanities, and Social Sciences
South Carolina State University
Orangeburg, South Carolina

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Larry E. Jones, Jr., Ph.D. - Pharmaceutical Sciences

Hometown
Florence, South Carolina

Degrees
BS Chemistry, University of South Carolina
Ph.D., Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of South Carolina (2008)

Mentor
Dr. Michael Wyatt

Current Position
Research Associate
Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
University of South Carolina
Columbia, South Carolina

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Athena M. King, Ph.D. - Political Science

Hometown
McBee, South Carolina

Degrees
B.A. Coker College
MPA University of South Carolina
Ph.D., Political Science, University of South Carolina (2010)

Mentor
Dr. Todd C. Shaw

Current Position
Visiting Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst, Massachusetts

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A. TaQuesa McClain, Ph.D. - Health Services Policy & Management

Hometown
El Paso, Texas

Degrees
BS Biology; BS Psychology, University of South Carolina
MA Health Services; MBA, Webster University
Ph.D., Health Services Policy & Management, University of South Carolina (2012)

Mentor
Dr. Sara Corwin 

Current Position
Adjunct Faculty
Health Sciences
South University
Columbia, South Carolina

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Mékell T. Mikell, Ph.D. - Political Science

Hometown
Charleston, South Carolina

Degrees
BA Broadcast News, University of Georgia
MS, Political Science, University of South Carolina
Ph.D., Political Science, University of South Carolina (2009)

Mentor
Dr. Todd C. Shaw

Current Position
Communications Associate
National Wildlife Federation
Washington, D.C.

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Valarie Redman Mingo, Ph.D. - Educational Leadership and Policies/Educational Administration

Hometown: 
Paterson, New Jersey

Degrees: 
B.A .Psychology, Columbia University
M.S.Ed. Psychological Services, University of Pennsylvania
Ph.D. Educational Administration, University of South Carolina (2010)

Mentor:
Dr. Michelle Maher

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Vida Mingo, Ph. D. - Biological Sciences

Hometown: 
Brooklyn, New York

Degrees:
B.S., Johnson C. Smith University
M.S., Long Island University
Ph.D., Biological Sciences, University of South Carolina (2010)

Mentor: 
Dr. Berten Ely, III

Current Position:
Assistant Professor
Department of Biology
Columbia College
Columbia, South Carolina

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Toby Nelson, Ph.D. - Chemistry & Biochemistry

Hometown
Lake City, South Carolina

Degrees
BS Chemistry Francis Marion University
Ph.D., Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of South Carolina (2007)

Mentor
Dr. John Lavigne

Current Position
Assistant Professor, Tenure Tracks
Department of Chemistry
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, Oklahoma

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Anthony Palmer, Ph.D. - Journalism & Mass Communications

Hometown
Columbia, South Carolina

Degrees
BA Psychology/Sociology, Duke University
MMC Journalism, University of South Carolina
Ph.D., Journalism & Mass Communications, University of South Carolina (2011)

Mentor
Dr. Shirley S. Carter

Current Position
ESL Instructor
Defense of the Air Force
Fort Jackson
Columbia, South Carolina

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Melissa B. Pearson, Ph.D. - English

Hometown
Hinesville, Georgia

Degrees
BA English, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
MA English/Writing Studies, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Ph.D., English, University of South Carolina (2010)

Mentor
Dr. Kwame Dawes

Current Position
Assistant Professor
Department of English and Foreign Languages
Director of The Writing Center
Claflin University
Orangeburg, South Carolina

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Phyllis I. Perkins, Ph.D. - Pharmacy Administration

Hometown
Columbia, South Carolina

Degrees
PharmD., University of South Carolina
Ph.D., Pharmacy Administration, University of South Carolina (2005)

Mentor
Dr. Richard Schultz

Current Position
Pharmacist
Moncrief Army Hospital
Fort Jackson, South Carolina
Rite Aid
Columbia South Carolina

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Anita M. Rawls, Ph.D. - Educational Research

Hometown
Columbia, South Carolina

Degrees
BS Mathematics, University of South Carolina
MA Education Leadership, University of South Carolina
Ph.D., Educational Research, University of South Carolina (2009)

Mentor
Dr. Huynh Huynh

Current Position
Associate Psychometrician
Research
The College Board
Newton, Pennsylvania

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Lesley D. Riley, Ph.D. - Educational Psychology & Counselor Education

Hometown
Grovetown, Georgia

Degrees
BA, Psychology, Yale University
M.Ed, Secondary School Counseling, University of South Carolina
Ph.D., Educational Psychology, University of South Carolina (2005)

Mentor
Dr. John McFadden

Current Position
Assistant Professor, Counseling
Co-Director of Training
College of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences
Argosy University
Atlanta, Georgia

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Phyllis Sanders, Ph.D. - Educational Leadership & Polices

Hometown
Concord, North Carolina

Degrees
BS, English, North Carolina A&T State University
MS, Counseling Education, North Carolina A&T State  University
MS, Education Administration, North Carolina A&T State University
Ph.D., Educational Administration, University of South Carolina (2001)

Mentor 
Dr. Rhonda Jeffries

Current Position
Associate Director
South Carolina State Office for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI) and Advance Education, Inc. (AdvancED)
Columbia, South Carolina

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Kevin M. Simmonds, Ph.D. - Music

Hometown
New Orleans, Louisiana

Degrees
BA, Music, Vanderbilt University
Ph.D., Music Education, University of South Carolina (2005)

Mentor
Dr. Kwame Dawes

Current Position
International Composer and Writer
San Francisco, California

Commissioned to write the music for Ms. Carrie McCray's manuscript, "Ota Benga Under My Mother's Roof."

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Alexanderia T. Smith-Glenn, Ph.D. - Educational Psychology & Counselor Education

Hometown
Hopkins, South Carolina

Degrees
BA Psychology/Criminal Justice, University of North Carolina, Charlotte
Ph.D., Counselor Education, University of South Carolina (2007)

Mentor
Dr. Colette Dollarhide

Current Position
Counseling Program Coordinator
Webster University
Columbia, South Carolina

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Winifred W. Thompson, Ph.D. - Health Promotion, Education & Behavior

Hometown
Columbia, South Carolina

Degrees
BS, Educational Psychology, University of GA   
MSW, Social Work, University of GA
Ph.D., Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior
University of South Carolina (2006)

Mentor
Dr. Kathyrn Luchok

Current Position
Research Assistant Professor, Rollins School of Public Health
Department of Behavioral Sciences Health Education
Emory University
Atlanta, Georgia

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Robert Ware, Ph.D., J.D. - International Business

Hometown
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Degrees
BA, Economics, Harvard University
MS, Marketing & International Business, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
J.D., University of Florida Law School (2003)
Ph.D., International Business, University of South Carolina (2002)

Mentor
Dr. Jeffrey Arpan

Current Position
Assistant Professor
Marketing
Savannah State University
Savannah, Georgia.
(Deceased, April 20, 2006)

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Monica Weathers, Ph.D. - Speech Language Pathology

Hometown
Blacksburg, South Carolina

Degrees
BS, Special Education, Winthrop University
MS, Speech-Language Pathology, University of South Carolina
Ph.D., Speech-Language Pathology, University of South Carolina (2000)

Mentor
Dr. Hiram McDade

Current Position
Chief Executive Officer - CEO
Speech and Reading Therapy, Inc
Benson, North Carolina

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Melicia Whitt-Glover, Ph.D. - Epidemiology

Hometown
Rochester Hills, Michigan

Degrees
BA, Exercise Science, University of North Carolina
MA, Exercise Physiology, University of North Carolina
Ph.D., Epidemiology, University of South Carolina (1999)

Mentor
Dr. Barbara Ainsworth

Current Position
President and Chief Executive Officer - CEO
Gramercy Research Group
Winston-Salem, North Carolina

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Shana C. Williams, M.S. – Chemistry and Biochemistry

Hometown
Boston, Massachusetts

Degrees
BS, Biochemistry, Spelman College
MS, Biochemistry, University of South Carolina (2009)

Mentor
Dr. S. Michael Angel

Current Position: 
Toxicology Support Specialist
Physicians Choice Laboratory Services
Charlotte, North Carolina

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Lisa E. Wills, Ph.D. - Educational Studies/Psychology

Hometown
Fort Washington, Maryland

Degrees
BS Microbiology, Howard University  
MA Comparative Literature, University of South Carolina
Ph.D., Educational Studies/Psychology, University of South Carolina (2012)

Mentor
Dr. Michelle Jay

Current Position
Education Research Manager
Office of Education Infrastructure Division (OEID)
NASA Headquarters
Washington, DC

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Regina E. Wragg, Ph.D. - Biological Sciences

Hometown
Georgetown, South Carolina

Degrees
BS Chemistry, University of South Carolina
MAT Secondary Science Education, University of South Carolina

Mentor
Dr. Berten Ely III

Career Plans
To become a tenure- track professor and a director of STEM Academy.

Select Accomplishments
Employed by Midlands Middle College as Lead Teacher and Science Instructor.

Received Outstanding Student Award for excellence in academics, leadership and service from the University of South Carolina Black Faculty and Staff Association.

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Vicki Young, Ph.D. - Pharmacy Administration

Hometown
Columbia, South Carolina

Degrees
BS, Mathematics, Wofford University
BS, Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of South Carolina 
Ph.D., Pharmacy Administration, University of South Carolina (2003)

Mentor
Dr. Richard Schultz

Current Position
Department Head, Clinical Quality Improvement
South Carolina Primary Health Care Association
Columbia, South Carolina.

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