HAMPTON, Va. (February 26, 2020) – Hampton University students Jakari Harris and Michael Lawrence were awarded the Black Engineering of the Year Award (BEYA) Student Athlete Award at the 2020 BEYA STEM Conference Student Leadership Award Dinner in Washington, DC, February 13-15, 2020.
The Student Athlete Award recognizes the drive and determination of talented students who perform in the classroom and sports and during the three-day conference. Students attended the career fair to meet with top employers, take advantage of resources designed to enhance job search, and get tools for a successful STEM career. Seminars and workshops present workforce topics including career advancement, diversity, and specialized industry updates. The Career Fair links engineers, scientists, business professionals and students with employers and educators.
“We are proud of these two talented students for receiving this prestigious award. Hampton University looks forward to the future success of these scholars,” said Hampton University President, Dr. William R. Harvey.
Jakari Harris is a graduating senior, chemical engineering major from Atlanta, GA. She is currently a two time MVP on the women’s golf team and has served as the leading scorer for two years. “I really value student-athlete awards like these. They show that collegiate athletes can excel in both the classroom and on the field. There is often a stereotype that athletes slack on their schoolwork and are given some leeway,” said Harris. “In fact, we receive pressure from both fronts: professors and coaches. A student-athlete’s work ethic is often unmatched and overlooked. I feel more than honored to represent student-athletes and show that we work hard as much as we play hard.”
Michael Lawrence is a junior, biology major from Northern Virginia. He is in his third season with the Hampton University Men’s Lacrosse Team. “The assistant dean of my department told me about this opportunity and I was honored to be nominated. During this experience, I was able to network with a lot for people from various companies,” said Lawrence. “Time management is key. Really having a lot of discipline. I’ve been an athlete most of my life. The biggest thing is making sure you prioritize and communicate with coaches, staff and professors.”