2009

FVSU students pose for a photo after winning first place awards at the HBCU-UP 2009 National Research Conference in Washington D.C.
From L-R: Charlie Ponder III, a FVSU senior biology major, Alyssa Moore, a FVSU junior biology major, and Daniel Ogbefho, a FVSU senior plant science major. Read More

National Science Foundation HBCU-UP program director during a conference luncheon in Washington, D.C.
Twenty-three Fort Valley State University students, Dr. Sarwan Dhir (standing second from the left), director of FVSU’s Center for Biotechnology and an associate professor of biotechnology, Dr. Melinda Davis (standing fourth from the left), an FVSU professor of biology, and Dr. Masoud Fazi (standing third from the left), an FVSU professor of computer science,pose with Dr. Caesar Jackson (standing on the far right), National Science Foundation HBCU-UP program director during a conference luncheon in Washington, D.C.

FVSU students honored at National Role Models Conference
October 6, 2009—Charles Okonkwo, a junior at Fort Valley State University, is already making strides toward becoming a scientist. Aside from earning a biotechnology scholarship and interning for research programs, the 21-year-old has been studying the identification of DNA in ferns. The Nigerian student also works and his academic achievements are so impressive that he was nominated, and selected, as a national role model. Read More
2008
Fort Valley State student honored at conference
Safira Sutton, a senior at Fort Valley State University, is already making strides toward becoming a scientist. Aside from earning a biotechnology scholarship and interning for research programs, the 24-year-old has been studying a protein in plants to see how it can benefit humans with certain illnesses. Read More

Participants of the recent Undergraduate Research Symposium
San Juan, Puerto Rico

Pose for a photo. (From L-R) Kaisa T. Muller of the Universidad Metropolitana in San Juan; Megan Wilkerson of Fort Valley State University;Monica A. Umpierre of the Universidad Metropolitana and 2007 intern at FVSU; Tameka Janea Howard of FVSU;Dr. Sarwan Dhir of FVSU; Lillian Oglesby of FVSU and Gabrielle Jones of FVSU. 

Wilkerson (center),a sophomore and National Science Foundation STEM scholar majoring in biology, poses for a photo at the symposium.
She received an outstanding oral presentation award and was honored by four Presidential Awardees for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring who were recognized at the White House in the years indicated: (L-R) Dr. Howard Adams, a seminar presenter with the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (1996); Dhir, director of the Center for Biotechnology and an associate professor at FVSU (2005); Dr. Gayle Slaughter, program director for National Institutes of Health’s SMART and  MORE programs (2006); and Dr. Juan F. Arratia, director of the Universidad Metropolitana’s Model Institutions for Excellence program (2006).
2007
Plant Science Biotechnology Major Student Represented FVSU at Capitol Hill, April 25th2007
Plant Science Biotechnology Major James Morgan presented his research work at capitol hill. Shown in the picture are his Mentor Dr. Sarwan Dhir, National Science Foundation (NSF) Director Dr. Arden L. Bement Jr., Deputy Director Dr. Kathie Olsen, Program Director Jessie A. DeAro, United States Senator for Georgia Mr. Saxby Chambliss and Mr. Johnny Isakson.
2006
FVSU ALUMI BANQUET AWARD

Receiving honors at the National Role Models Conference held in Las Vegas are Isaac Mickens, senior plant science-biotechnology major; Dr. Melinda Davis, interim chair of the Biology Department; Allison K. Lester, senior plant science-biotechnology major; Hussein Salifu, senior, plant science-biotechnology major; Betsy B Ampofo, senior plant science-biotechnology major; William F. Harden, senior plant sciencebiotechnology major; Safira Sutton, senior plant science-biotechnology major; Dr. Daniel K. Wims, executive vice president for Academic Affairs. Read More

2005

Student Presentation at NSF EMERGE meeting at Georgia Tech Institute, Atlanta Ga.
September 22-24, 2005.
From left to right: Dr. Roosevelt Y.0 Johnson (AGEP Program Director, National Science Foundation), Dr. Sarwan Dhir (Associate Professor and NSF HBCU-UP and REU-SITE Program Director), Mr. Ray Horton (Senior, Biology Major), Ms. Hassana Salifu (Junior, Biology Major), Ms. Candida Fielding (Senior, Biology Major won 2nd Place poster presentation award), Mr. James Morgan (Senior, Plant Science-Biotechnology Major won 3rd Place Oral presentation award), Ms. Betsy Ampofo (Junior, Plant Science-Biotechnology Major won 2nd Place poser presentation award), Kallena Pollard (Senior, Plant Science-Biotechnology Major).

On November 16, 2005, the White House announced the recipients of the 2005 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM)--a programsupported and administered by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Each award includes a $10,000 grant for continued mentoring work. SIVB member, Dr.Sarwan Dhir of Fort Valley State University, was one of the recipients of this prestigious award. Since 2001, Dr. Dhir has hosted an NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Biotechnology benefiting ten students per year. Dhir's mentoring has emphasized support of independent research, self-confidence and teamwork skills, oral and written communication of research, and career guidance. Read More

“Student Role Model Awards” Received by Mr. James Morgan (Senior, Plant Science – Biotechnology Major),

Ms. Kaye Knowles (Graduate Student MPH and Research Assistant – Center for Biotechnology), Ms. Adriene

Lucas (Senior - Plant Science Biotechnology) andFaculty Role Model Award - Dr. Sarwan Dhir (Associate Professor, Biotechnology and Director, NSF HBCU-UP & REU Site Programs) at 6th National Role Model-Minority

Access at Las Vegas, Nevada – September 11-14, 2005 Conference.