Welcome to the portfolio website of " Dr. Maurice D. Smith Jr." This site is used to showcase his educational and professional experiences. Below are some of his current awards and accomplishments.
Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences Ag Springboard 2nd Place Award – April 2016
Ag Springboard is a business pitch competition open to all students at Penn State. Teams consisting of 2-5 students, at least one of whom must be a student enrolled in the College of Agricultural Sciences, are eligible to compete. Teams will develop and pitch an innovative business plan addressing a need in the field of food, agriculture, ecosystems or bio-products and energy.
Team Systemic Action has created a cast of diverse comic book characters to combat the under-representation of women and minorities in the STEAM — agriculture and STEM — sciences and help teach science lessons to fourth to fifth-grade students. The team members are Rachelle Copeland, Maurice Smith, Jasmine Dillon, Kayla Echols and Saundra Wheeler. For more details on their team and product please visit https://vimeo.com/162127283
Founders Memorial Scholarship Award – April 2016
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. is the first international fraternal organization to be founded on the campus of a historically black college. Omega Psi Phi was founded on November 17, 1911, at Howard University in Washington, D.C. The founders were three Howard University undergraduates. Joining them was their faculty adviser, Dr. Ernest Everett Just. From the initials of the Greek phrase meaning, "Friendship is essential to the soul," the name Omega Psi Phi was derived. That phrase was selected as the motto. Manhood, Scholarship, Perseverance and Uplift were adopted as Cardinal Principles. To commemorate the founding of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. by Brothers Edgar A. Love, Oscar J. Cooper, Frank Coleman, and Ernest E. Just, this scholarship was established to recognize the scholastic achievements of undergraduate and graduate brothers. April 14-17, 2016 was the 3rd District Meeting in Virginia Beach, VA, where Doctoral Candidate Maurice D. Smith Jr. was awarded Top Graduate Student with a 3.8 GPA from Penn State. http://3rddistrictques.org/
National Research Discussion Contest – March 2015
MANRRS is a national society that promotes academic and professional advancement by empowering minorities in agriculture, natural resources, and related sciences. For many students, MANRRS provides role models, networking opportunities, internships and full time employment positions. MANRRS also offers students opportunities to enhance leadership, organizational and public speaking skills, and to experience professional critique of scholarly work in a supportive environment. The organization’s motto is “Changing the Face of Agriculture by Linking Hands Around the World.” March 26-28, 2015 was the 30th Annual Career Fair and Training Conference in Houston, TX, where PhD student Maurice D. Smith Jr. participated and won 1st Place in the Research Discussion Contest where the aim of the contest was to effectively communicate in the work place and in leadership and management positions. http://manrrs.org/