Candace Bynum

Ms. Candace N. Bynum a senior psychology major, from Norfolk, Virginia was accepted to the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, Illinois. Bynum will pursue a Masters degree in Counseling.

“I plan to obtain my doctorate degree in clinical psychology and teach on the collegiate level. Throughout my graduate studies I want to do research in the areas of emotional and neurological disorders,” she said.

Bynum describes her journey at Paine College as having been fruitful in various ways. She completed an internship with the National Institute of Drug Abuse at University of Pennsylvania’s Treatment Research Center where she studied the use of Suboxone and the treatment of Opiate addictions. She also attended the 10th Annual Lonnie E. Mitchell Conference on Substance Abuse and Mental Health, which provided substance abuse and leadership training for to students for three days. Based on her research, scholarship and acceptance to a graduate program, Bynum is the recipient of the 2009 Outstanding Psychology Student Award from the Augusta Area Psychological Association.

When she isn’t studying she volunteers at the Golden Harvest Food Bank in Augusta, Ga. Bynum is heavily involved in a study that World Health Organization is conducting in conjunction with The Golden Harvest Food Bank. “The study focuses on food assistance through different agencies such as shelters, food pantries and soup kitchens. I help distribute surveys to various agencies,” she said.

She is also heavily involved in various activities at Paine College. Bynum serves as the lead student assistant for a grant called “Project Nia” for the Paine College Psychology Department. The goal of the grant is to end stigma and prevent suicide. She is president of the Psychology Club, a presidential scholar, and an active member of the American Psychological Association.

Creating opportunities is near to Bynum’s heart because of the opportunities she’s been granted. “As president of the Psychology Club I’ve created a national internship book to notify students of different opportunities they can take advantage of. I encourage clubs in other divisions to do the same,” she said.

Candace’s Advice: “Upon entering college identify a field that interest you and become close with a professor that has been to the places that you want to go. Look to your professors for advice and explore undergraduate opportunities for research and practicum. I’m a first generation college student so my parents are skeptical about me traveling, but I’d encourage travel to gain new experiences and become more independent.”

Spotlighted on: 5/29/2009

Courtney Gates

On March 18, Courtney Gates, a senior at Paine College, was selected as a 2009 Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellow following a highly competitive nationwide contest. The Rangel Fellowship, funded by the U.S. Department of State and managed by Howard University, supports extraordinary individuals who want to pursue careers in the U.S. Foreign Service.   Rangel Program Manager Patricia Scroggs commented, “I have no doubt that Courtney’s educational experiences at Paine College helped prepare her to excel in a highly competitive selection process.  The Rangel Program is thrilled to have Courtney as a Rangel Fellow, and I know she will use her unique talents to help address global challenges and represent the United States in the most positive light as a U.S. diplomat.”   Soon after receiving the Rangel Fellowship, Courtney also received a Fulbright Fellowship to teach in Taiwan, which she will begin in August 2009. She will complete her Rangel Fellowship program immediately thereafter. 
Courtney, who was raised in San Bernardino, California, received her Bachelors Degree in English at Paine College this Sunday.  During her time at Paine College, she has contributed to the community in a number of ways, including serving as the student representative on the Paine College Long Range Planning Committee, becoming a peer tutor, and speaking at fundraising events.  She has received numerous awards and recognitions, including being the Grand Prize Winner of the Maya Angelou Essay Contest in 2007, winning second place in the Blacks in Government National Oratorical Contest in 2005, and being inducted into the Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society and the Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society.  Courtney was also the Paine College Female Student Marshall for 2009. With a deep interest in international affairs, Courtney studied abroad at Nanjing University in China in 2007 and returned to the Jiangsu Province in 2008 to study at Suzhou University. She was selected as an Institute for International Public Policy Fellow during her sophomore year and has studied in summer policy institutes at Spelman College and the University of Maryland College Park. 

The Rangel Fellowship will provide Courtney with over $80,000 in benefits over a two-year period, including supporting her graduate education and professional development.  She will use her fellowship to pursue a Master’s Degree at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.  The Rangel Program will also arrange for her to work on international affairs issues for a U.S. Member of Congress during summer 2009 and at a U.S. Embassy overseas in summer 2010.   She will join the U.S. Foreign Service upon completion of her graduate degree and hopes to contribute her unique perspective and experiences to advance the interests of the United States and the global community.    

The Foreign Service is a corps of working professionals who support the President of the United States and the Secretary of State to advance American foreign policy goals.  Foreign Service personnel are “front-line” personnel who can be sent anywhere in the world, at any time, in service to the diplomatic needs of the United States.  A career in the Foreign Service requires unusual commitment, uncommon motivation, and the ability to endure possible hardship while advancing and defending U.S. interests.

Spotlighted on: 5/4/2009

Jameliah Shorter

Ms. Jameliah Shorter a senior, philosophy and religion major, from Augusta, Ga. was accepted The Pennsylvania State University for fall 2009. Shorter will pursue a dual Ph.D. degree in Philosophy and Women’s Studies. She has been offered substantial financial assistance in the form of a Bunton-Walter Award for the duration of the Ph.D. program. This is one of the most generous awards the University makes to an outstanding incoming student.


Shorter credits her professors for The Pennsylvania State University’s financial assistance. “I’ve always been one to ask questions,” she said. “I’d ask questions primarily about my future and the field of Philosophy as well as fellowships.  My professors always supply me with great answers and opportunities.”


Her research interests include Continental and American philosophies with specific interests in Existentialism, Black American feminism, and Gender. She is a presidential scholar and honors program member. Her academic fellowships include the Mellon-Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, The Mellon-Schomburg Fellowship at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and the Rutgers Diversity in Philosophy Fellowship at Rutgers University. Shorter’s paper entitled, “Our Mothers’ Gardens” which explores philosophical possibilities for Black feminist epistemologies has been presented at Duke University and the Ida B. Wells Philosophy Conference at the University of Memphis. Subsequently, the paper was accepted for publication in the Mellon-Mays Undergraduate Journal printed by Harvard University Press (forthcoming, Spring 2009).


This summer, she will participate in the Ralph Bunche Summer Humanities Institute at the University of California Los Angeles. There her research will concern African American gender/sexuality. After obtaining her Ph.D. Shorter hopes to become a college professor of both Women’s Studies and Philosophy. Her academic aspiration is to publish on Black feminist and gender theories. 


Jameliah’s Advice: “Always ask questions. Asking questions can provide opportunities for you. Shorter says at Paine College the opportunities are limitless. “I urge students not to make the mistake of thinking that just because you are at a small HBCU that you have fewer resources. We actually have more because our professors know us, and are able to share their resources, which are often produce great opportunities.”

Spotlighted on: 4/13/2009

Michael Thomas

Mr. Michael Thomas, Jr., a senior biology major, from Thomson, Ga. was accepted to the Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry for Fall 2009.

As a teen, Thomas realized his dream of becoming a doctor. Since that time he’s moved at record speed to make his dream come true. Entering Paine College as a presidential scholar was just the tip of the iceberg. Thomas has taken advantage of numerous opportunities at Paine, especially in the area of biology.

Thomas spent his summer participating in the Strategies of Ecology Education Development and Sustainability (SEEDS) program. This is a collaborative between students and faculty at HBCUs and the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He studied issues related to environmental sustainability. As a Mellon-Mays Undergraduate Fellow, Thomas spent the last two years researching the impact of fertilization run-off from golf courses in the Augusta area on local waterways. In January of 2008 he traveled with a delegate of undergraduate students to Cape Town, South Africa to discuss environmental issues.

“I think the pre-professional program at Paine is excellent. Dr. Stone knows what you need as for your undergraduate background. They’re all passionate about helping students excel, learn the basic concepts of biology and take advantage of numerous opportunities,” Thomas said.

Michael’s Advice:
“I think getting to know your instructors, professors is key. Those people will be needed for senior field papers, recommendation letters and they will be helpful in getting you to the next level. Also, recognizing your career goals early is important. If you know what you want to do early, you will be ahead of the curve to participate in summer programs and internships.”

Thomas plans on specializing in pediatric dentistry at Medical College of Georgia and partnering with Dr. Curtis Beckard at dentist from his hometown or joining the Navy.
Spotlighted on: 3/19/2009

Priscilla Alexander

Ms. Priscilla Alexander, senior mathematics major, from Augusta, Ga. Alexander has been accepted in the University of Georgia’s masters in mathematics program for fall 2009. Alexander also conducted research under the guidance of Dr. Caner Kazanci at the University of Georgia during the summer of 2008. She was one of only eight students to be selected to participate in this program nationally. She will also have research published in the UNCF /Mellon Minority Undergraduate Fellowship Journal.

Alexander has known she wanted to be a mathematics teacher since she was in Middle School. She plans to teach in for two years and soon after pursue a Ph.D. “I want to teach in a high need area because that is where I have come from,” Alexander said. As a Mathematics tutor at Paine College, she noticed that many of her classmates could have benefited from a stronger background in math. “I noticed that a lot of students that I tutor didn’t receive a solid math foundation in middle or high school. That is why I want to teach,” she said.

Alexander credits much of her success to the faculty of Paine College. “I feel that I’m extremely prepared because of my professors at Paine. I went to a summer program at UGA and I could compete with students from all over. I felt like my department did a great job.”

She also offers advice to students of all majors.
Alexander’s Advice: It’s all about taking advantage of opportunities; working hard at what you do and not letting anything deter you.

Alexander will be the first in her family to attend graduate school and obtain a Ph.D.
Spotlighted on: 3/19/2009

Sheryona Green

Ms. Sheryona Green, a senior biology major, from Hawkinsville, Ga. will attend the Undergraduate Minority Education Program at the 2009 Society of Toxicology Annual meeting to be held March 2009 in Baltimore, Maryland.

The Society of Toxicology (SOT) Annual Meeting is the largest toxicology meeting and exhibition in the world, attracting more than 6,500 scientists from industry, academia, and government from various countries around the globe. Students will experience keynote address and special lectures, to a wide range of symposia sessions to continuing education courses that cover the basic and the advanced topics of the day, to the workshops, thematic sessions that complement the symposia, roundtables, poster sessions, and award presentations.

“I see this as a great opportunity for learning and networking,” Green said. She is excited to view presentations from scientist around the world and inspire other biology majors to take advantage of great opportunities like this.

Green’s Advice: “You’ll never know if you are eligible for scholarships, internships and travel awards unless you apply.”

Green is examining the Medical College of Georgia’s medical school or nursing program.

Green will be joined by Ms. Camillia Little biology major and chemistry major, Ms. Mauricia Gaines who also received competitive travel awards to attend the conference.
Spotlighted on: 3/19/2009

Tiffany Beverly

Tiffany Beverly, a junior Management Information Systems major, from Los Angeles, California will intern with the United States Department of Homeland Security in Summer 2009. “I was overwhelmed when I heard the news,” Beverly said. Initially I thought it was something I didn’t have time to apply for because of my schedule, but I took the time out and now I’m reaping the reward.”

The intent of the Department of Homeland Security Summer Research Team Program for Minority Serving Institutions is to provide research opportunities to increase and enhance the scientific leadership. The program is designed to engage undergraduate, graduate and early career faculty, in research that will provide them opportunities to understand the mission and research needs of DHS and advance research areas of importance to DHS, while strengthening the talent pool of scientist and engineers.

She is pleased with the education she’s received from Paine College and credits the college’s curriculum. “All my computer and business classes have given me everything I need up until this point. Now it’s up to me to execute,” Beverly said.

Beverly’s Advice: “If you take 10 minutes of your time to complete applications, it could result in 10 new opportunities.”

After graduation, Beverly plans to attend graduate school and ultimately teach computer skills at an elementary school.
Spotlighted on: 3/19/2009