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OU Students Attend 43rd National Conference for Black Engineers

Ten of Oakwood’s finest Applied Mathematics and Engineering students attended the 43rd National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Convention in Kansas City, Missouri, late last month. The convention hosted over 11,000 engineering students and professionals from across the country. Students were given access to hundreds of engineering companies and graduate schools offering internships, co-ops, full-time positions, research, and enrollment opportunities.

Our students participated in workshops on resume writing workshops and interviewing techniques, and pre-interviews at the Career Fair. Those who impressed the company representatives were invited back for a formal interview. Our 10 Oakwood students received an impressive 22 formal interviews which turned into two internships and permanent job offers for graduating senior, Gregory Roper.

The Beacon Light SDA Church and Pastor Dion Henry, a graduate of Oakwood University, sent a bus on Sabbath morning, April 1, to pick up our students along with a few other SDA students at the conference. Pastor Henry gave our students an amazing welcome and fellowship dinner.

Overall, this trip provided a unique experience for our Applied Mathematics and Engineering students. Each student came back with an appreciation of his/her specific field of interest and a commitment of excellence in their studies. The experience of interacting with other African-American engineering students and national engineering companies, eager to speak with and hire students on the spot, was something they will never forget.

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