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2007 Achievement Conference

Who We Are

Who We Are

The Africana Research Center (ARC) and the Alliance for Earth Sciences, Engineering, and Development in Africa (AESEDA) Undergraduate Research Symposium (URS) recognizes and celebrates the scholarly development of undergraduate students who have written research papers on issues pertaining to some aspect of the Africana Diaspora. Faculty nominate students papers, and with students permission, these papers are reviewed by Penn State faculty and graduate students, using a refereed process. The papers presented were overwhelmingly preferred the best for presentation out of 13 papers submitted.

Dr. Clemente Abrokwaa – the students presenting today are from his AAAS 202 or AAAS 191 class. For the last 5 years Dr. Abrokwaa has supported the research and education of his students and in particular this undergraduate research symposium. Since 2001, Dr. Abrokwaa's students have represented 24 of the 32 students selected for presentations. We would like to take this time to recognize Dr. Clemente Abrowkaa, Assistant Professor of African Studies.


Dr. Thaddeus Ityokumbul

Associate Director, AESEDA and an Associate Professor of Mineral Processing in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences

Dr. Charles Lumpkins

Lecturer, Department of African and African American Studies and the Department of Labor Studies and Employment Relations


Dionna Shinn

1st Place Winner Dionna Shinn is a junior from Hampton, VA. She is majoring in Political Science with minors in African Studies and Women Studies. In 2005-2006 she held a year long internship in Washington DC with the National Alliance of Black School Educators and traveled to South Africa with the American University to study International Development and systematic ways to dissolve poverty.

Research paper entitled "Community Centered Development: Exploring the Efficacy of Macro v Micro Policies for the Women of South Africa"

Juliette Magoun

2nd Place Winner Juliette Magoun is pursuing a Double Major in Political Science and International Studies with Double Minors in Business and French and she is a dual French citizen. She is the Penn State Political Science Association Alumni Chair, the Undergraduate Student Government Senate Secretary and is a member of the PSU Equestrian Team – currently ranked 2nd in the nation. In 2006 she worked in the New Hampshire Secretary of State's office and expects to one day hold a seat in the US Senate.

Research paper entitled, "From Failure to Freedom: How the Women of South Africa Found Their Voice in Society"

Dominique Reed

3rd Place Winner Dominique Reed is from Pittsburgh PA and is a Double major in International Politics and African Studies. She is a volunteer tutor for the Faith United Church of Christ and is the co-founder of a new organization on campus called the African and African American Studies Student Council.

Research paper entitled, "The Effects of the Atlantic Slave Trade on the British Economy"

Poster Exhibition

All conference participants had the opportunity to showcase their research as part of a research exhibition. This exhibition is designed to promote a broader understanding of the wide range of research being conducted at Penn State. It is especially important for students, as they will have the opportunity to display their work and receive constructive feedback from their peers and mentors. Representing the ARC were three of our grant recipients Lorenzo Baber, Jessica Hoyt and Stephen Quaye. In addition prizes were awarded to the first-, second-, and third-place winners. ARC Grant Recipient Lorenzo Baber was awarded second place (pictured).