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2021 Black Excellence in STEM and Health Research Symposium

Posted by Imhotep's Legacy Academy on March 27, 2021 in News
2021 Black Excellence in STEM and Health (BESH) Symposium Logo
2021 Black Excellence in STEM and Health (BESH) Symposium Logo

Learn more about the Symposium...


Imhotep’s Legacy Academy (ILA), in association with the Canadian Black Scientists Network (CBSN), Promoting Leadership in health for African Nova Scotians (PLANS) and the Delmore “Buddy” Daye Learning Institute (DBDLI) is hosting a one-day conference on March 27, 2021 entitled Black Excellence in STEM and Health Research Symposium (BESH).  The 2021 event will bring together STEM academics, research students, and secondary students from across Nova Scotia and Canada to:

  1. Discuss the contributions of Black scientists to STEM
  2. Expose secondary students to Black STEM professionals and offer three unique hands-on activities to deepen their understanding of science and health concepts and innovations, and
  3. Highlight research being done in STEM and health by Black scholars and develop solutions to address barriers to entry in these fields.

This conference seeks to positively contribute to the educational and career development of African Canadians in STEM.

Symposium Activities

Conference attendees can attend one or more of the conference sessions.

  • DAY 1 (virtually)
    • Session 2 - Concurrent Breakout Workshops (including sessions for Secondary students)
    • Session 3 - Student Research Poster Presentations

    The concurrent Breakout Workshops includes sessions in which university STEM and Health-students of African heritage will virtually engage participating youth in fun, thought-provoking, hands-on STEM activities.

Symposium Schedule


DAY 1:  Saturday, March 27th, 2021 (held virtually)

1:00pm-1:05pm Welcome  
  • Keynote Presentation - Dr. Maydianne Andrade
1:35pm-1:50pm Question & Answer for Keynote Presentation


Breakout Workshops

  • STEM and Health Hands-on Activity for Secondary School Learners
2:15pm-2:25pm Networking Break

University Student Researcher Presentations

  • Fola Akpan  (Topic:  In-patient Stroke Rehabilitation System)
  • Celeste Ferrus  (Topic:  Microgravity and the Heart)
  • Loukman Ghouti  (Topic:  Alpha-Synuclein & Parkinson's Disease)
  • Ifeanyi Kennedy Nmecha  (Topic:  Cripto-1 as a potential anti-fibrotic agent in diabetic kidney disease)
  • Tyra Obadan (Topic:  Reproductive Technologies)
  • Success Wokili  (Topic:  CFIA-compliant Food Traceability System)
3:55pm-4:00pm Awards & Closing

Symposium Speakers' Bios



Dr. Maydianne Andrade
Specialization:  Biology, Outreach, Equity

Dr. Philip Asare
Specialization: Engineering

Dr. André Fenton
Specialization: Neural Science

Dr. Jude Dzevela Kong
Specialization:  Mathematical Modeling

Read the DalNews article.

Meet the 2021 Black Excellence in STEM and Health (BESH) Speakers! [524kB]

2021 Black Excellence in STEM and Health (BESH) Symposium FINAL REPORT