|Sole graduate winner, Ogad Agu, Environmental Toxicology doctoral candidate|
|1st place winner, undergraduate oral presentation, Lamar Burton, Animal Science|
|Contestants: undergraduate and graduate students with Stubblefield and Whitfield|
|Winning undergraduate and graduate students pose with Dr. Stubblefield, left|
Baton Rouge, La - Southern University and A&M College is celebrating its second annual campus-wide Sustainability Week, April 13-17, 2015. This week consists of daily campus-wide sustainability activities to promote sustainable actions. On April 15, the Sustainability Day engaged students and the community with student and corporate demonstrations, guest speakers, and research competitions. Undergraduate and graduate students participated in research poster and oral competitions. Each student winner received a monetary prize, t-shirt, and other awards.
The Southern University Research and Extension Center contributed to the success of the event by organizing activities and setting up educational displays and demonstrations. Many faculty members mentored students on research projects from undergraduate to doctoral levels who contested in oral and poster presentations. The top ranking oral presenter was Lamar K. Burton, a junior in Animal Science who took first place for outstanding performance on his research entitled “Carcass Yield and Quality Traits in Kids under Mixed and Sequential Grazing System.” Burton was mentored by Dr. Sebhatu Gebrelul, professor, Animal Science. The sole graduate winner was Ogad A. Agu doctoral candidate, mentored by Dr. Rao Uppu, Director of Environmental Toxicology PhD Program and Health Center, SUBR. Agu’s poster presentation was entitled "Ozone-Mediated Oxidation of Acesulfame Potassium: An Option for Waste Water Treatment."
The Hip Hop Doc Rani G. Whitfield, MD, served as keynote speaker and encouraged students to move forward in the face of challenges. The Vice Chancellor for Research and Strategic Initiatives Dr. Michael Stubblefield was in attendance to oversee the research demonstrations. The SU Lab School students featured prominently in the day’s activities as well.
The theme for the week is, “Creating a Culture of Sustainability: Where Blue and Gold Meet Green.” This event involves the participation of students, faculty, and staff from the SUBR campus as well as Middle and High School students in the Scotlandville area. There were also participation from undergraduate and graduate students from other SU campuses (New Orleans, Shreveport and Agricultural Research & Extension Center), as well as other higher education institutions from across the state.