The 2023 JRSP presentation and award ceremony recognizes six black young researchers


On Tuesday, 17 October 2023, the Ebony Initiative celebrated six black undergraduate researchers who had successfully completed its Junior Researchers Summer Program (JRSP) in a well-attended award and presentation ceremony.

The JRSP provides black undergraduate students with the tools, supervision and resources to inspire interest in postgraduate study and research-based careers. During the program, participating students are introduced to research skills and receive funding to explore research questions that are relevant to their own lives, communities and the world. This year, the following students participated in the JRSP: Ali Abubakar, Rahmat Ottun, Emmanuella Bamfo, Zoe Irma Eversley Pahne, Milena Sebhatu, Fiona Quadri and Amina Mu’azu.

At the end of the programme, they produced a research output of their choice (for example a poster, video, podcast or blog post) which they showcased during the ceremony. After a brief introduction of the JRSP by the Director of the Ebony Initiative, Dr. Althea Maria Rivas and a speech from SOAS’ ProDirector of Research and Knowledge Exchange, Professor Laura Hammond, each student gave a fifteen-minute presentation of their work. Project supervisors and other attendees were also given an opportunity to speak about the JRSP.

The ceremony which held on the SOAS campus was also attended by the students’ family, friends and other students. The event was the finale of the programme and was a wonderful opportunity for Awardees to showcase their work and share their experience with the other Awardees, students, supervisors and family and friends.


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