One of the objectives of the STEM education program is to promote experiential learning, especially among a small group of “student scholars.” These students identified during their freshman year as highly qualified – will be asked to serve as role model scholars for peer-mentorship, and they will have multiple opportunities to participate in research.

When they will have successfully transitioned into their majors, they will be in a unique position to provide guidance for incoming students. They will help manage academic schedules, share study strategies, promote a team-building spirit for collective learning, and assist new students with navigating campus culture and life. This focused one-on-one mentoring and counseling will help recognize early academic difficulties and help students devise a plan of action for success.

The student scholars, receive stipends to help with room, board and meals, also will engage in experiential research with faculty during their sophomore, junior and senior years. These student scholars will mentor incoming students as environmental “ambassadors” and, during their junior and senior years, as recruiters. They will occasionally travel to high schools with the project team to support recruitment efforts and to talk with high school students about their experiences at KSU, as well as to share how and why they chose careers in environmental science.

These upper-class students who have successfully transitioned into their major will provide guidance for incoming students.

Following are the some of the student scholars and their research areas:

Khadija Mazon

Khadija Mazon

I am a first semester senior and a pre-professional biology major studying to be a veterinarian.  I joined the meat goat animal science research program to get experience working with farm animals. I am 21 years old and hail from Detroit. I am very happy to be doing my research under Dr. Ken Andries.
Benjamin Turner

Benjamin Turner

I am working in conjunction with the College of Agriculture to create a device that allows beekeepers to be able to measure the amount of honey that bees are putting in their honeycombs. I design and prototype the devices on 3D software and a M2 Makergear 3D printer.
Charlie Nelson

Charlie Nelson

I am a senior at Kentucky State University, majoring in Computer Science. My current research project, “Utilizing Machine Learning to Predict Mine Progression throughout Kentucky”, employs Landsat imagery and Google Earth Engine for geographical visualization of the annual progression of several mines throughout Kentucky. My previous research includes the following: “Improving Heat Shields for Atmospheric Entry: Numerical and Experimental Investigations for Modeling Ablative Thermal Protection System Surface Degradation Effects on Near?Wall Flow” and “Validation of the Antarctic Snow Accumulation and Ice Discharge Basal Stress Boundary in the Southeastern Region of the Ross Ice Shelf, Antarctica”. I have also interned at the Kentucky Housing Corporation as a System Administrator where my duties included database overhaul and management of the Kentucky Homeless Management Information System (HMIS).
After graduating from KSU in May 2016, I plan to pursue post-baccalaureate opportunities in preparation for a Doctorate Degree in Translational Research. Following completion of my studies, I first aspire to become a medical scientist. My desire is to assist patients of various cultural and medical backgrounds in living a life free of debilitating anatomical abnormality and life threatening illness; whether it is due to cancer, trauma, congenital birth defect and everything in between. I want my work to offer assistance to patients such as veterans, elderly, and children to expand life expectancy and outlook; providing the best life afforded to them, no matter their previous prognosis. Second, l aspire to create a bio-medical start-up allowing me the opportunity to competitively service federal government and private medical sectors.
Bijesh Mishar

Bijesh Mishra

I am a Graduate Research Assistant (Advisor: Asst. Prof. Buddhi Gyawali, Ph.D.) and MS (Environment Studies) candidate in Kentucky State University, KY, USA. I am a B. Sc. (Agriculture) scholar from Tribhuvan University, Nepal and joined KYSU in spring, 2015. My interest lies in Environment and Agriculture Science policy planning along with climate change, food security issues. I am also interested in working on policy planning and economic aspects of agriculture and environment issues, natural resource management with the major focus in small scale farmers. I am conducting my researches on small farm diversification and sustainable issues in Kentucky. My interest is to work to improve income and livelihood of small scale farmers in my country after graduation.
Skills and Specialization: Computer Skills, Agriculture, Social Media, Blogging and Microblogging, GIS and Remote Sensing (Learning Phase), Report Writing, Proposal Writing.