UAPB student wins award at research symposium

Jasmon Montgomery, a senior at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, won a first place award during the 17th Biennial Research Symposium of the Association of 1890 Research Directors conference in Jacksonville, Fla.

She received the award during the Student Awards Luncheon for her oral presentation entitled “Screening of Viruses Infecting Sweetpotato in Arkansas.”

The Pine Bluff native is assisting researchers in the UAPB biotechnology laboratory who are trying to identify viruses infecting sweet potatoes in Arkansas, said Muthusamy Manoharan, a UAPB associate professor and graduate program coordinator.

The lab is part of the UAPB School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences.

Manoharan said Montgomery’s award is a prestigious one.

“There were over 170 oral presentations and we are proud that she won first place,” he said, describing Montgomery as


“She’s a very good student and an excellent presenter,” said Sathish Kumar Ponniah, an Extension associate who works with Montgomery in the biotechnology laboratory. “She’s also a quick learner.”

Montgomery is the daughter of John and Regina Montgomery of Pine Bluff.