ORANGEBURG COUNTY, SC (WIS) - Five South Carolina State University students are getting the chance of a lifetime to study abroad.
The students will travel to the prestigious Oxford University in England to study at its Chemistry Research Laboratory for a summer exchange program.
This is the first partnership of Oxford's with a historically black college. The Summer Exchange Program's launch was ignited by SC State chemistry professor and Oxford alumni, Dr. Rahina Mahtab, after a conversation with a St Hugh's College representative.
This unique collaboration between St Hugh's College and SC State University, with a sponsorship by attorney and CNN political commentator, Bakari Sellers, debuts as Oxford's first with a historically black college. Additionally, the partnership is St Hugh's first with a college in South Carolina.
The program advances SC State's diverse collaboration efforts and paves the way for more students in their junior or senior year to gain a world-class educational experience. The learning environment, shared with several research groups from Oxford's Chemistry Department, creates increasing opportunities and resources for interdisciplinary research.
"Consistent with our new initiative of 'Transformation Through Collaboration,' this effort represents the very nature of what is possible now and what will occur more in the future with SC State and its partners," said SC State President James E. Clark. "I could not be more proud of the faculty, staff, student partners and supporters who made this special collaboration possible. We look forward to such collaborations in the future."
The students who will blaze the trail at Oxford are: Ciondi Bess, a junior from Hartsville, SC; Demetria Dorsey, a junior from Syracuse, NY; Nurunnahar Abdussalam, a senior from Washington, D.C.; Michael Isley, a senior from Fort Mill, SC and Alston Jenkins, a junior from Charlotte, NC.
The five students, chosen for their academic excellence and passion for contributing to the field of chemistry, will reside in the residence halls at St Hugh's College and have the chance to explore England, both on their own and during scheduled field trips. The inaugural program will extend from Monday, June 25 to Friday, August 10.