Kesia Sommerville 1st Place Winner at 3rd Annual Black Doctoral Network Conference

Kesia Sommerville a Ronald E. McNair Scholar and student of the Douglass Residential College and Rutgers Business School- New Brunswick, is the first place winner in the Undergraduate Research Competition at the 3rd Annual Black Doctoral Network Conference in Atlanta, GA.  Kesia a campus leader in a number of student organizations including; the Mountainview Project Student Organization, Katzenbach Hall Community, and  Douglass Black Student Congress. Under the guidance of her faculty mentor, Professor Melanye Price in the Department of Africana studies.  Sommerville presented her research poster titled, “The Aftermath of the Recession: African American Women and Homeownership,” which won first place in the Undergraduate Research Competition. Sommerville’s research focuses on the economic disparities in the African American community. Her study aims to understand the factors that contribute to working-class African American female homeowners’ perseverance through economic recessions. Sommerville was joined in competition with over 200 undergraduates across the country. Congratulations, Kesia Sommerville!