Howard University Announces 2021-2022 Just-Julian Scholars

Howard University Office of the Provost and the Graduate School are pleased to announce the 2021-2022 Just-Julian Scholars. The Just-Julian Graduate Research Assistantship awards graduate-level students based on their academic achievement, research interests, and potential in their respective fields. They are paired with faculty for mentorship to achieve their research goals.

“We are pleased to recognize these distinguished scholars and their faculty mentors as Just-Julian Scholars. In addition to noting their high potential as scholars, these awards also provide financial support to these graduate students to support their academic success,” said Anthony Wutoh, Ph.D., R.Ph., provost and chief academic officer.

The graduate research assistantship will cover their full tuition and a stipend of no less than $20,000 for the next academic year, Fall 2021 and Spring 2022. Among the Just-Julian Scholars is West Palm Beach, Florida native Shakuan K. Frankson, who is excited to embark on this funded research journey as he earns his doctorate in mathematics.

“I am incredibly grateful to be a Just-Julian Scholar! Receiving this fellowship will help me to maximize my research potential and engage in research without some of the constraints of funding availability. This program will further bring into fruition my dream of contributing to the development of a diverse mathematical community,” said Frankson.

Congratulations to the new scholars and their mentors! The full list of 2021-2022 Just-Julian Scholars and mentors includes:


Name Program Research Mentor
Yusra Alkasasbeh Economics Mika Kato
Hyeladzirra Banu African Studies Mohamed Camara
Glory Bassey Biology Courtney Robinson
Perpetue Bataille Backer Pharmaceutical Sciences Simeon Adesina
Melody Chepkoech Mechanical Engineering Gbadebo Owolabi
Erika Clark School Psychology Celeste Malone
Franklin Emeni Economics Haydar Kurban
Shakuan Frankson Mathematics Dennis Davenport
Brittany Hinkle Counseling Psychology Shareefah Al’Uqdah
Alex Holt Physics & Astronomy Marcus Alfred
Bryan Jenkins Communication, Culture & Media Studies Wei Sun
Tenisha Jones School Psychology Celeste Malone
Tamanna Joshi Physics & Astronomy Pratibha Dev
Felipe Juan Economics Haydar Kurban
Kendra Michael School Psychology Gregory Reed
Nisa Muhammad African Studies Mohamed Camara
Ashley Ortiz Counseling Psychology Kyndra Middleton
Alexandria Smith Counseling Psychology Ivory Toldson
Nyla Wolford-Rogers Counseling Psychology Shareefah Al’Uqdah

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