Aayana Ingram, Alabama A&M University
Aayana Ingram is a rising senior at Alabama A&M University. A Dean’s Scholar, her research interests focus on African American politics, ethics and the political attitudes of black students Historically Black College and University (HBCUs) compared to those who attend predominately white institutions (PWI). Last summer, for the second time in a row, Aayana had the opportunity to intern with the Department of Energy conducting research on bioenergy sustainability. She presented her research at the Southern Political Science Association (SPSA) conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. Aayana is heavily involved on campus as a member of the honors program, Miss Omega Psi Phi, and as the junior class senator in the Student Government Association. She uses these platforms to advocate for her student body on issues that are plaguing their institution. As a product of a historically black college, upon graduation Aayana hopes to earn a doctoral degree in political science, teach on the collegiate level and mentor young African American men and women.