COJJP Hosts 14th Annual Research Symposium

14th Annual Research Symposium

The College of Juvenile Justice & Psychology’s 14th Annual Research Symposium had a few new twists this year. First, the symposium joined the Office of Research, Innovation, and Sponsored Programs in its inaugural Research Week April 10-12, 2019.  Research Week included a showcase of faculty research (held at the new Welcome Center) as well as a final awards ceremony for both faculty and student researchers (held in the Don Clark auditorium). Secondly, the Research Symposium moved to a new location this year. In the past, the symposium has been held in the Don K. Clark building; but, due to greater participation from students this year, the symposium moved to the Student Recreation Center. The center offered ample room for poster displays, oral presentations, lunch, and networking. There were 112 posters and 40 oral/panel presentations given during the day; many of which were entered into the judging for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Students representing each college and school at PVAMU participated as well as students from Texas Southern University, Blinn College, and Texas A&M University. The symposium could not have been successful without the support of a working committee comprised of faculty and staff from across campus, faculty judges representing many departments, and financial support of colleges and units. The symposium provided an encouraging learning environment for all students – both undergraduate and graduate as well as the research novices and those more experienced in research. Student involvement in research with a faculty mentor has been demonstrated to be one of the key high-impact experiences that can enrich a student’s undergraduate experience. We hope to continue to offer this opportunity for students to learn and grow.

Winners of poster and paper presentations:


  • 1st place: Kierra Brossette (Mechanical Engineering); Faculty Advisors: Dr. Stephanie Burrs & Dr. Grace Abolaji, “Characterizations of Bio-sensing Transduction Platinum Layer for Improved Performance of Nanoparticles Use across Different Applications”
  • 2nd place: Kolada Adelaja (Agriculture), Faculty Advisor: Peter Ampim,  “The Evaluation of Vegetable Amaranth in Southeast Texas”
  • 3rd place: Jeremy Daniels (Mathematics), Faculty Advisor: Dr. Indika Rathnathungalage, “Impact of the Sample Size and the Number of Covariates in Regression Analysis


  • 1st place: Stephen Aisabokhae (Community Development), Faculty Advisor: Dr. Tiffany Thomas, “Mentoring as a Tool for Fostering Personal Development among Youths in Uganda with Emphasis on Ages 11 -18. Case Study: Uganda Women’s Network (UWONET) –School Mentorship Program 2018
  • 2nd place: Pranay Krishna Katari Haribabu (Mechanical Engineering), Faculty Advisor: Dr. Ziaul Huque, “Comparison Study of Structural Health Monitoring of Wind Blade Using Numerical Simulation between ElastoDyn and BeamDyn
  • 3rd place: Jennifer Bourgeois (Administration of Justice, Texas Southern University), Faculty Advisor: Dr. Howard Henderson, “Racial Disparity in Harris County Independent Public School Districts”

By Susan Frazier-Kouassi
Director, Texas Juvenile Crime Prevention Center