School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)

Pre-Freshman Bridge Academy

Dr. Samir S. Raychoudhury (PI/PD)
Dr. Janeen Witty (Co-PI)
Mr. Dwayne Smiling, Program Manager

Columbia, SC -- July 18, 2014 -- Benedict College School of STEM Summer Undergraduate Research Institute (SURI) will host its annual student oral and poster presentations and program's closing ceremony on Thursday, July 24, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Dr. Cynthia F. Wright, Associate Dean for Admissions & Career Development from the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC will be the Keynote Speaker at the closing program.

The 2014 SURI program began on Tuesday, May, 27, 2014 with an orientation session. Faculty mentors presented their research seminars to the student participants. Each Friday morning throughout the session, students made 15-minute presentations on their summer research topics that were attended by both students and faculty mentors. Thirty one students and 11 faculty members participated in the SURI program.

As part of this year's initiative, a joint USC-BC workshop was held on July 1, 2014 in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of South Carolina. The Workshop topic was on Electrochemical Materials and Cells for Energy Applications. Professor Kevin Huang of USC and Professor Changyong Qin of Benedict College co-sponsored the workshop, which was attended by faculty and students from both institutions.

For more information, please contact, Samir S. Raychoudhury, M.V.Sc., Ph.D., Professor of Biology, Dean, School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics at 803-705-4648 or email:

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Thursday, July 24, 2014 -
9:00am to 1:30pm

The Physics and Engineering Department offers the following five programs of study:

The Physics program is designed to provide students with a fundamental understanding of the principles of physics and their applications and prepares them for careers in the public and private sectors or to pursue graduate study in physics or other related fields. The program offers courses in mechanics, thermal physics, modern physics, electricity and magnetism, electronics, etc.

The Mathematics and Computer Science Department provides courses, training and innovative learning opportunities leading to baccalaureate degrees in Mathematics, Teaching of Mathematics, Computer Science, and Computer Information Science. The curriculum offers a comprehensive educational experience for students in these areas in preparation for graduate studies and professional employment. In keeping with the philosophy and mission of Benedict College, the Department provides mathematics and computer technology courses for all majors as part of the general education studies.

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