"I want to work around the world to enhance life for the whole human race. With Biotechnology/Genomics you get to enhance the crop, agriculture and medicine." Betsy Ampofo, Class of 2007, presently MS/Ph.D student in Plant Genomics at Cornell University.
"The attention and opportunity we get in this program is like no other and working in the real world makes you realize this. There hasn't been an instance at my job where I felt that a certain lab technique was unheard of. That's how I was prepared to face the real world." James Morgan, Class of 2007, Merck & Co., Inc (Merck)
"The program allowed me to gain exceptional laboratory skills and to expand my knowlege base. The flexibility of the program allowed me to tailor my course work." Thelma F. Madzima, Class of 2004, Ph.D. Student at University of Florida, Plant Molecular Biology Program.

Betsy Ampofo is a 2007 alumna of the Fort Valley State University. She was also a former 2004-2007 Dean’s list student, member of Agri-Demic Forum, Beta Kappa Chi Scientific Honor Society, and International Students Organization where she served as Secretary at FVSU. Ms. Ampofo was a 2003-2007 Presidential Scholar and 2005-2006 Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation participant (LSAMP). She has also won other awards such as the FVSU Honors Convocation Award, 2005 Who’s Who Among College Students Award, 2004 Outstanding Scholastic Achievement, 2003-2005 Outstanding Freshman of the Year for plant Science Department, and 2006 Minority Access, Inc. National Undergraduate Role Models Award. Ms. Ampofo has conducted research at Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI, the University of Minnesota, in Twin Cities, MN, and the Fort Valley State University in Fort Valley, GA. She has also made several presentations at scientific conferences where she won 1st place in poster presentation at the National Role Models Conference in Las, Vegas, NV and 2nd place in poster presentation at the EMERGE Conference in Atlanta, GA. Ms. Ampofo is currently a Ph.D. student in Plant Biology at Cornell University.

James Morgan is a 2007 alumna of the Fort Valley State University. He was also a former Dean’s list student, member of the Plant Science Club, Beta Kappa Chi Scientific Honor Society, Agri-Demic Forum, and Alpha Kappa Mu National Honor Society at FVSU. Mr. Morgan was also a member of the National Tutoring Association I. He is a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Mr. Morgan was a 2002-2006 Presidential Scholarship recipient; 2002-2006 State of Georgia HOPE Scholarship recipient; 2002-2004 USDA Plant Science Biotechnology Scholarship recipient; 2004-2007 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Scholarship recipient; and 2005-2007 Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) participant. He has also won other awards such as the FVSU Honors Convocation Award, FVSU Presidential Scholar, 2005 Minority Access National Student Role Models, and 2005 Who’s Who Among College Students. Mr. Morgan has also published in the Journal of Morphology 266:60-73 (2005) “Skeletal Morphology of the Forefeet in Shrews of the Genus Cryptotis as Revealed by Digital X-Rays”. He has conducted research at Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI; Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN; SI-National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.; and the Fort Valley State University. Mr. Morgan has also made several presentations at scientific conferences where he won 3rd place in oral presentation at the NSF Emerge Conference in Atlanta, GA; 1st place award in oral presentation at the NSF HBCU-UP National Research Conference in New Orleans, LA; and 2nd place award in oral presentation at the NSF HBCU-UP National Research Conference in Greensboro, NC. Mr. Morgan is currently working for Merck & Co., Inc (Merck)

Thelma Madzima is 2004 Magna Cum Laude alumna of Fort Valley State University. She is also a former Dean’s list student and a member of the Agri-Demic Forum at FVSU. Ms. Madzima is a recipient of 2002 USDA Plant Science-Biotechnology scholarship. She has conducted research at California Institutes of Technology, Pasadena, CA and the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. She has also made several presentations at scientific conferences, won 1st and 2nd place awards at the NSF HBCU-UP National Research Conference in Tuskegee, AL November 22-24, 2002 and the NSF EMERGE Conference in Atlanta, GA, April 2-5, 2003. Ms. Madzima is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Florida pursuing a degree in Plant Cellular and Molecular Biology.

Allison Harden is a 2007 alumna of the Fort Valley State University. She was also a former Dean’s list student; member of Agri-Demic Forum; Science Club; Plant Science Club; Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences (MANRRS); and Beta Kappa Chi Scientific Honor Society at FVSU. Mrs. Harden was a 2002-2006 State of Georgia HOPE Scholarship recipient; 2002-2004 USDA Plant Science Biotechnology Scholarship recipient; 2004-2007 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Scholarship recipient; 2004-2007 Agri-Demic Forum Scholarship recipient; and 2006-2007 Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation participant (LSAMP). She has also won other awards such as the FVSU Honors Convocation Award and 2006 Minority Access, Inc. National Undergraduate Role Models Award. Mrs. Harden has conducted research at the University of Georgia, Department of Genetics in Athens, GA and Fordham University, Louis Calder Research Center in Armonk, NY. She has also made several presentations at scientific conferences where she won 2nd place in oral presentation at the Annual NSF HBCU-UP National Research Conference in New Orleans, LA and 3rd place in poster presentation at the Annual NSF HBCU-UP National Research Conference in Greensboro, NC. Mrs. Harden is currently working for Homeland security.

William Harden is a 2007 alumna of the Fort Valley State University. He was also a former Dean’s list student; member of the Science Club; Plant Science Club; Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences (MANRRS); and Beta Kappa Chi Scientific Honor Society at FVSU. Mr. Harden was a 2002-2006 St. Moore Benedict Scholarship recipient; 2002-2007 Agri-Demic Forum Scholarship recipient; 2003-2004 1890 USDA Plant Science Biotechnology Scholarship recipient; 2004-2007 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Scholarship recipient; 2006-2007 Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) participant; and State of Georgia HOPE Scholarship recipient. He has also won other awards such as the FVSU Honors Convocation Award. Mr. Harden has conducted research at the University of Georgia, Department of Genetics in Athens, GA and Fordham University, Louis Calder Research Center in Armonk, NY. He has also made several presentations at scientific conferences where he won 3rd place in poster presentation at the Annual NSF HBCU-UP National Research Conference in New Orleans, LA. Mr. Harden is currently working for Homeland Security.

Hussein Salifu is a 2008 alumna of the Fort Valley State University. He was a member of the Science Club, Agri-Demic Forum, and International Students’ Organization (Vice President) at FVSU. Mr. Salifu was also a member of the World Wildlife Fund and the Nature Conservancy. He was a 2005-2006 USDA Plant Science Biotechnology Scholarship recipient and a 2006-2007 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Scholarship recipient. He has also won other awards such as the FVSU Honors Convocation Award. Mr. Salifu has conducted research at the Fort Valley State University in Fort Valley, GA. He has also made several presentations at scientific conferences. Mr. Salifu is currently a student at Meharry Medical College.

Tanisha White is a 2006 alumna of the Fort Valley State University. She was also a member of the Plant Science Club and Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences (MANRRS at FVSU. Ms. White is a 2002-2006 State of Georgia HOPE Scholarship recipient; 2002-2004 USDA Plant Science Biotechnology Scholarship recipient; and 2004-2007 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Scholarship recipient. She has been awarded several other awards such FVSU honors Convocation Award. Ms. White has conducted research at the Fort Valley State University in Fort Valley, GA. She has also made several presentations at scientific conferences. Ms. White is currently a High School Science teacher in Macon, Ga.

Ashlee McGhee is a 2008 alumna of the Fort Valley State University. She was a member of Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society; Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences Club (MANRRS); Agri-Demic Forum; an Ag Ambassador; and the Secretary of the Beta Kappa Chi Scientific Honor Society. She is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Ms. McGhee was a well-rounded student and was awarded a myriad of scholarships such as the Plant Science-Biotechnology Scholarship, the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participant (LSAMP) Scholarship, the Carolyn W. Sampson Scholarship, and the Cargill Scholarship. She was awarded the Minority Access Role Models Award. In addition to being a scholar, Ms. McGhee has also gained research experiences in the 2004 Summer Research Apprenticeship Program (SRAP) at the Fort Valley State University as an incoming freshman. Her research training included techniques such as protein fingerprinting, particle bombardment, tissue culture and media preparation. Ms. McGhee also conducted research at Rice University, Department of Biosciences and Bioengineering. She also worked part time at the Agriculture Research Station at the Fort Valley State University. Ms. McGhee is currently pursuing a degree in College of Pharmacy at Florida A&M University (FAMU).

Steven Samuels is a 2008 alumna of the Fort Valley State University. He was a member of the Plant Science Club and Agri-Demic Forum at FVSU. Mr. Samuels was also a member of the National Institute of Science. He was a 2003-2004 State of Georgia HOPE Scholarship recipient; 2003-2004 USDA Plant Science Biotechnology Scholarship recipient; and 2004-2007 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Scholarship recipient. Mr. Samuels has also won other awards such as the FVSU Honors Convocation Award. He has conducted research at Fordham University, Louis Calder Research Center in Armonk, NY; the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL; and the Fort Valley State University in Fort Valley, GA. Mr. Samuels has also made several presentations at scientific conferences where he won 1st place award in poster presentation at the Annual Researcher Director’s (ARD) Conference in Atlanta, GA. Mr. Samuels is currently in Ms/PhD program in Plant Biotechnology at Tuskegee University.

Safira Sutton is a graduating senior at the Fort Valley State University. She is a 2002-2004 USDA Plant Science Biotechnology Scholarship recipient and 2004-2009 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Scholarship recipient. Ms. Sutton has been awarded several other awards such Minority Access Role Models Award. She has conducted research at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis, MO and the Fort Valley State University in Fort Valley, GA. She has also made several presentations at scientific conferences. Ms. Sutton is currently in Ms/PhD program in Plant Biotechnology at Florida A&M University (FAMU).

Quentin Vinson is 2008 alumna of the Fort Valley State University. He was a member of Beta Kappa Chi Scientific Honor Society (President); Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences (MANRRS) (Vice President); Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP); and Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society. Mr. Vinson was a Presidential Scholar at the Fort Valley State University. He was awarded the “Outstanding Student” award in his department and the Minority Access Role Models Award. Mr. Vinson has conducted research at the Fort Valley State University under the Summer Research Apprenticeship Program (SRAP) for high school students where he conducted research with Dr. Sarwan Dhir on a project titled: “Comparison of Techniques for Isolation of Plant Genomic DNA”. He also participated in the 2005 Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) at the University of Georgia, in Athens, GA where he conducted research with Dr. W. Parrott on the project titled: “Evaluation of a Chemically Inducible Gene Expression System in Rice Embryogenic Tissue. He also conducted research at the Monsanto Plant Science Company in St. Louis, MO. Mr. Vinson also worked in the Fort Valley State University Biotechnology Research Laboratory on projects dealing with plant tissue culture, media preparation, and genetic transformation via biolistic transformation. He has presented his research work in both oral and poster presentation capacities at national scientific meetings, including the 2007 PSLAMP Annual Research Symposium, 2006 Association of Research Directors (ARD) Symposium in Atlanta, GA, and the 2006 MANRRS Research Symposium. Mr. Vinson is currently Law school at Walk Forest University.

Kearston Barnes is a 2008 alumna of the Fort Valley State University. She was a member of the Beta Kappa Chi Scientific Honor Society (Vice President); Minorities of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences (MANRRS) Club (Treasurer); Agri-Demic Forum; and Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP). Ms. Barnes was a recipient of the Plant Science-Biotechnology and Georgia Mining Foundation Scholarships. She has conducted research at the Fort Valley State University under the Summer Research apprenticeship Program (SRAP) where she worked with Dr. Keihany on the project titled: “The Effects of Yeast in the Application of Aesthetics to the Skin”. Ms. Barnes also participated in the 2005 Summer Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology Program at the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL where she worked with Dr. Karen Koch on the project titled: “A Forward Genetics Analysis on the Non-Bronze Shrunken umu1 Mutant”. She has also conducted research at the University of Georgia, Summer Undergraduate Fungal Genomics Program with Dr. Jonathan Arnold in Athens, GA. Ms. Barnes has made both oral and poster presentations at national scientific conferences, which included the 2006 Plant Genomics and Cell Wall Biogenesis Conference, the 2005 REU Symposium at the University of Wisconsin, the 7th NSF HBCU-UP National Conference, the 29th Annual Southern Region Spring Conference, the Undergraduate Student Biomedical Research Symposium at the Medical College of Georgia, and the 21st Annual Career Fair and Training MANRRS Conference. Ms. Barnes is currently applying for graduate schools.

Saundra Wheeler is a 2008 alumna of the Fort Valley State University. She had Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics scholarship from 2003-present, the Louis Stokes Alliance Minority Participant scholarship 2006 and HBCU-UP 1st place oral presentation 2006. She has made several presentations at scientific conferences. Her goal is to become successful in the field of Biotechnology and to bridge the gap between the public and the Biotech market. She had taken part in Blue Machine Marching Band, Member- 2003; Student Government Association, Senator- 2004; Miss Sophomore-2004; Student Government Association, Assistant Secretary- 2005; Sigma Gamma Rho, Historian 2006; Second Attendant tot Miss Fort Valley-2006-2007; Flame Yearbook, Editor 2005-present; Peach State Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, Participant 2006-Present. Ms Wheeler is currently in Ms/PhD program in Entomology at Florida A&M University (FAMU).