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Claflin University to Host Undergraduate STEM and Behavioral Science Research Symposium March 23

Mar 19, 2012


Dr. Maydianne C.B. Andrade

Schools and members of the community are invited to come see the exciting science programs and visionary research at Claflin University’s Undergraduate STEM and Behavioral Science Research Symposium on Friday, March 23.

Dr. Maydianne C.B. Andrade, Canada research chair in integrative behavioral ecology at the University of Toronto at Scarborough, will serve as the keynote speaker for the symposium.

“This symposium will heighten awareness for our fantastic research and academic programs in the community and far beyond,” said Dr. Verlie Tisdale, dean of the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

 In addition to Andrade’s remarks, there will be a poster session based on the research of Claflin students, oral presentations from graduate students and tour of the state-of-the-art Molecular Science Research Center and the James S. Thomas Science Center. 

Andrade’s current position was awarded to her by the Canadian government.  She has been on the faculty at the University of Toronto at Scarborough since 2004.  She received a Ph.D. in neurobiology and behavior from Cornell University, where she received the Clark Distinguish Teaching Award.  In 2007, Andrade was acknowledged with the African Canadian Achievement Award for Excellence in Science. 

Andrade was also featured in a 2002 edition of Canada’s Time Magazine as a person who will define the next frontier of science and also was named among the 10 most brilliant young scientists in North American by Popular Magazine.

Tisdale said the main goal of the symposium is to assemble members of the science community from South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia.  Another aim, Tisdale noted, is to highlight the significant research strength of Claflin’s Master of Biotechnology degree program.  Claflin is home to the South Carolina Center for Biotechnology, where world renowned researcher Dr. Omar Bagasra is the director. 

Prospective students of the Master of Biotechnology program are eligible for full tuition and a monthly stipend through the U.S. Department of Education. The Center has assembled a massive portfolio of research projects since opening in 2005, tackling such issues as HIV/AIDS, cancer, organ transplantation and diabetes.

Undergraduate and graduate students at Claflin will orally present their research during the symposium’s afternoon session.

Claflin President Dr. Henry N. Tisdale said the Undergraduate STEM and Behavioral Science Symposium is a great showcase for the University’s academic programs and research.

“Claflin University is a pioneer in the realm of science because of our visionary faculty, superlative students and impactful research,” said Tisdale.  “Through our passion for scientific discovery, our faculty and students are improving the quality of life for the world’s citizens right here on campus.”

The community and all area middle and high schools students are invited to attend.  The festivities will start at 11 a.m. with a registration an hour prior to the event.  The symposium is scheduled to end around 4:45 p.m.

For more information on the symposium, contact Twaina Harris, academic student support coordinator, by phone at (803) 535-5405 or by e-mail at

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