AFAM Research Assistant Presents Research at Undergraduate Poster Symposium

April 25, 2016

On April 20, more than a hundred undergraduate students presented their research at the VCU Poster Symposium for Undergraduate Research and Creativity, an event organized annually by the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP). 

Among this year’s participants was Jennifer Brooks, who presented her research on tobacco use. Jennifer works in the African American Studies department as a research assistant in Dr. Mignonne Guy’s lab, where she is building hands-on experience in the field of tobacco research. 

Jennifer’s project is titled “Sociodemographic predictors of dual little cigar cigarillo (LCC) and cigarette use.” With her poster, she hoped to raise awareness of the risks associated with dual LCC/cigarette use. Though little cigars and cigarillos may be perceived to be lower-risk than cigarettes, they are not regulated by the FDA, meaning consumers do not always receive information about the health risks associated with them or about the negative effects of using LLCs and cigarettes concurrently. 

Of her experience, Jennifer says, “The Symposium was great, there was a lot of very interesting research there, and it was a great opportunity to meet students and faculty that share similar interest.” 

The AFAM department congratulates Jennifer on her hard work and her participation in the Poster Symposium. 

Jennifer Brooks standing by her poster at the VCU Poster Symposium.