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Grambling State University students receive IBM Masters Fellowship

By The Gramblinite
On February 8, 2021

IBM Masters Fellowship Program has awarded fellowships to Grambling University’s students:  Crystal Shelling and Elliot Howard.

Shelling is a psychology major and Howard is a social sciences major at Grambling State University.

Shelling appreciated the moment and spoke about how she can complete her education without stressing over monetary help.

Both recipients were awarded $10,000 each.

Dr. Kevin Washington, one of Shelling’s mentors, praised her efforts in stating that she was an emerging researcher who had navigated herself from a cluster of hurdles. Even though she was adversely affected by the research subject, she persisted. Her very strength combined with her knowledge, improvement in her empathy, and the energy she holds to affect the world was an empowering moment. Furthermore, he added that Shelling was destined to positively impact the lives around her and the world because she holds empathy and compassion for people.    

Elliot Howard was always the keen candidate.  His interests have always been to track down the different races prevailing in America and focusing on critical race theory in society.

He also stated that this fellowship will assist him in achieving what was once impossible. Howard said the fellowship will help in completing his masters program and will keep him occupied with literature regarding his field.  

Dr. Matthew Sheptoski, who nominated Howard for the fellowship program, stated that Elliot was a champion among his cohort.  Sheptoski has known Howard for years and has taken numerous courses with him. Howard had introduced his research on a few occasions to the Grambling community and at local human science conferences. Overall, Sheptoski says Howard is a continuous inspiration.

The 2020 IBM Masters Fellowship program was initiated by IBM in 2020 to help their long-standing obligation to create a diverse workforce, and encourage the nomination of women and minorities.

This program was developed to boost the participation of minorities and underprivileged individuals in order to contribute towards the many sectors of science.


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