Regional Faculty Conference on Research and Teaching Excellence

The Faculty Conference on Research and Teaching Excellence (FCRTE) is a two-day meeting, typically Friday and Saturday in the Spring, which rotates around the country based on NAM's regional structure. The conference is geared for faculty from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The conference consists of five components:

  • A Short Course in Computational Science
    This is a two-hour course to be held on Friday as the conference begins.
  • The Albert Turner Bharucha-Reid Lecture
    This is an hour-long talk which proceeds the Friday banquet.
  • Recognition Banquet
    This dinner takes place Friday evening.
  • Contributed Talks
    Eight faculty speakers may present on topics of their choice. Each faculty speaker has 25 minutes to present with 5 minutes of questions and answers. The talks will be held on Saturday.
  • Regional Panel Discussion
    A discussion to focus on issues relevant to the region in which the conference is held. The conference will close out on Saturday with this discussion.

Jump to the archive of the events from years past:

  • 2019: March 29-30 at Texas Southern University
  • 2017: March 24-25 at Morehouse College
  • 2012: Morgan State University
  • 2009: Miami Dade College
  • 2006: Albany State University
  • 2005: University of District of Columbia
  • 2003: Mathematical Sciences Research Institute
  • 2002: Bowie State University
  • 2001: Xavier University
  • 2000: Alabama A&M University
  • 1999: Howard University
  • 1998: Lemoyne-Owen College
  • 1997: Tuskegee University
  • 1996: Norfolk State University
  • 1995: Texas Southern University
  • 1994: Morris Brown College

2019: March 29-30 at Texas Southern University

More information to come soon.

2017: March 24-25 at Morehouse College

The 2017 FCRTE will be held March 24-25 at Morehouse College. Tuwaner Hudson Lamar, NAM's Region A Member, is the local organizer. All of the events will either be at the Ramada Plaza Atlanta Capitol Park, or Dansby 200 in the Mathematics Department at Morehouse.

Hotel Information

We have reserved a block of rooms at the Ramada Plaza Atlanta Capitol Park for $99/night. Use the code Morehouse College Mathematics when reserving your room. This code is good through March 21, 2017.

Ramada Plaza Atlanta Capitol Park
450 Capitol Avenue
Atlanta, Georgia 30312
(404) 591-2000

We will have shuttles which will transport guests from the Ramada Plaza to Morehouse College.


Parking at Morehouse College is $3 for Friday, although it is free on Saturday. Parking at the Ramada Plaza is $10 for self-parking, although it is $18 for overnight parking.

Contributed Talks

We will have space for up to eight speakers at the conference. Each talk should be 20 minutes long, allowing for 10 minutes of questions and answers. We will provide audio visual equipment, including a microphone, podium, projector, and computer. If you have any other special needs, please e-mail Edray Goins or Tuwaner Lamar.


Conference registration is $50 per participant. This cost includes one ticket to the Recognition Banquet Friday evening at the Ramada Plaza; a continental breakfast Saturday morning catered by Q-Time; and a box lunch Saturday afternoon catered by Jason's Deli. Please register for the conference using EventBrite.

Conference Schedule

Download PDF of Schedule here.


Friday, March 24

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Dansby 200
On-Site Registration

1:30 PM - 1:45 PM
Ramada Plaza
Shuttle Leaves Ramada Plaza for Morehouse

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Dansby 200

Conference Welcome and Introductions
Edray Herber Goins, President of NAM
Tuwaner Hudson Lamar, NAM Region A Representative
Duane Cooper, Department Chair of Mathematics at Morehouse College
AFTERNOON SESSION Moderator: Jose Lugo (College of Coastal Georgia)
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Dansby 200

Prof. Claude B. Dansby:
A Legendary Professor of Mathematics at Morehouse College

Johnny L. Houston (Elizabeth City State University)
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Dansby 200

Age Perceptions, Knowledge, and Preventive Behaviors Regarding Cervical Cancer: Analysis from the 2005 Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS)
Samuel Dolo (Savannah State University)
4:30 PM - 5:00 PM Beverage Break
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Dansby 200

Albert Turner Bharucha-Reid Lecture
Modeling the Dynamics of the Human Sleep/Wake Cycle
Shelby Nicole Wilson (Morehouse College)
6:30 PM - 6:45 PM
Shuttle Returns to Ramada Plaza

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Ramada Plaza

Recognition Banquet
Special Presentation by Sylvia Bozeman (Spelman College) and
Johnny Houston (Elizabeth City State University),
NAM Golden Anniversary Committee Co-Chairs

Saturday, March 25

8:00 AM - 8:15 AM
Ramada Plaza
Shuttle Leaves Ramada Plaza for Morehouse

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Dansby 200
Continental Breakfast
Catered by Q-Time
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Dansby 200
On-Site Registration

MORNING SESSION Moderator: Edray Herber Goins (Purdue University)
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Dansby 200
SAGBI bases and a Topology on Initial Algebras
Mohammed Tesemma (Spelman College)
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Dansby 200
Evolution Equation of Epitaxially Strained Thin Solid Films
Wondimu Tekalign (Savannah State University)
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Dansby 200
Funding Opportunities at the National Science Foundation
Tasha Inniss (National Science Foundation)
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Dansby 200

Box Lunch and Regional Business Meeting
Tuwaner Lamar (NAM Regional A Member), Presiding
Lunch catered by Jason's Deli
AFTERNOON SESSION Moderator: LaTriece Tanksley (Savannah State University)
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Dansby 200
Creating Population Variety in Simulating Sampling Distributions
Gerald Agbegha (Georgia Gwinnett College)
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Dansby 200

A study of the Topology of Magnetic Helicity and its Application to the Spheromak
Ronald Williams (Florida A&M University)
Roselyn Williams (Florida A&M University)
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM Beverage Break
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Dansby 200

Regional Panel Discussion
Best Practices for Maintaining a Research Program at an HBCU
Torina Lewis (Clark Atlanta University)
Mohammed Tesemma (Spelman College)
Ulrica Wilson (Morehouse College)
Moderator: Duane Cooper (Morehouse College)
5:00 PM - 5:15 PM
Dansby 200
Closing Session/Wrap-up
5:30 PM - 5:45 PM
Shuttle Returns to Ramada Plaza