Nine BPC Students Published Research in the Georgia Journal of Science

(Dr. Helene Peters [far left] with the BPC students and recent graduates who had their research published at the Annual meeting of the Georgia Academy of Science)

MOUNT VERNON — Dr. Helene Peters, Chair of the Division of Math and Natural Sciences, accompanied by students and recent graduates from the Biology program, represented Brewton-Parker College (BPC) at the Annual meeting of the Georgia Academy of Science on Friday, March 3rd at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, Georgia. Of the 69 posters presented at the conference, BPC students participated with nine posters in the Biological Sciences, Chemistry, and Science Education sections. This was the most significant contribution from BPC to the conference since the establishment of the Academy of Science a hundred years ago. The Academy is dedicated to the promotion of science education and the fostering of scientific research in the state of Georgia.

Chelsea Frederick’s research titled “Can cinnamon supplements lower blood glucose levels?” was presented by Dr. Peters. Frederick is an international Biology graduate from Trinidad & Tobago and could not attend the conference in person. Another international student, Samuel Figueiro, from Brazil, delivered research results of his study “The effects of sleep duration on cognition and motor function.” Ansley Hartley, who currently teaches math and science in the gifted program at Eagle Academy in Mount Vernon, Georgia investigated whether the pathogenic microbe Staphylococcus aureus was present in milk samples and the effect of alcohol on this microbe’s growth. Grace Jones’s research focused on the female microbiome – studying probiotics, Lactobacillus incidence, and antibiotic resistance. Jones teaches a math course at BPC while studying for the Medical College Admission Test. In addition, two other graduates are in the process of medical school applications – namely Cuyler Morris and Ronald Garcia. Morris works in the emergency room department at a local hospital in Dublin, Georgia and Garcia is a pharmacist assistant in Fitzgerald, Georgia. Morris played baseball while at BPC. His research focused on the relationship between shoulder internal and external range of motion and isometric grip strength, comparing athletes with past injuries to those without injuries. Garcia’s long-term goal is to work in the Neuroscience field. He conducted a comparative study of ovine, bovine, and swine brain anatomy. In particular, he investigated whether the sheep brain is the best model to use for comparison to human brain anatomy and found that the bovine brain is a more suitable model.

Alexia Mays’s research focused on “The lung capacity of asthmatic and non-asthmatic athletes” at BPC. She found significant differences between the study groups among wrestlers for Forced Vital Capacity, among track and field athletes for Tidal Volume, and between softball and baseball players for Forced Expiratory Volume. She plans to become a respiratory therapist. Mackenzie Stewart is currently busy with a Master’s in Healthcare Administration and recently started working as a physical therapy aid. Her study focused on “Concussions in soccer players and the usefulness of concussion severity reports.” Based on her findings, a recommendation was made to incorporate this reporting into the athletic training concussion protocol at BPC.

Current student Jake McCarthy had the privilege of joining BPC physics professor Dr. Sampyo Hong’s National Science Foundation funded research collaboration during the summer of 2022 at University of Central Florida in Orlando. McCarthy presented some of their team’s findings in his poster, “Preparing and Characterizing Pt and Pd single atom catalysts on ZrO2.” This research drew a lot of interest at the conference, and McCarthy even started answering questions about their findings before the official start of the poster session.

Dr. Peters shared her enthusiasm for the group by stating, “This group of students are excellent ambassadors for BPC, and in addition, they presented their research findings alongside others from much larger institutions in superb fashion!” According to Dr. Peters, at the conclusion of the poster sessions, the group reminisced about their experience and agreed that they are well-equipped for their career pathways.

The abstracts have been published in the Georgia Journal of Science and can be accessed at:

The scientific posters will be displayed in the Morgan Moses Math and Science building on campus for anyone interested in learning more about their research results.

The Division of Math & Natural Sciences offers degrees in Biology (Health Professions or Ecology), Chemistry (Biochemistry), and Sport and Exercise Science (Pre-physical Therapy, Athletic Training, or Health & Human Performance). In addition, the Division is working on adding Master’s degrees soon within these fields since BPC has received approval from SACSCOC to offer graduate degrees. Please get in touch with Dr. Helene Peters at or (912) 583-3157 for more information about undergraduate research opportunities and majoring in these fields.

Joanna Phillips-Mock

Student Enrichment Director

Joanna Phillips-Mock is a proud third generation Baron, both as a student and a staff member.

Beginning her teaching career in Middle Georgia in 1995, Mrs. Mock worked with a state funded program that served some of the most disadvantaged special needs students within the local school districts. She ultimately moved into leadership positions within the organization, serving and training others in multiple initiatives. She enjoys working with students of all ages to recognize and to achieve their greatest potential.

Mrs. Mock holds a Bachelor’s degree from Brewton-Parker College, a Master's degree in Education with a concentration in Behavior Disorders, and an Education Specialist degree in Educational Administration from Georgia College and State University. She resides in Ailey, Georgia, with her husband Don, their son Tye Lewis, her mother Carol Joyce, and multiple fur babies. She enjoys traveling, gardening, camping, and attending concerts.

Candace Lilford

Profeessional Tutor

Candace Lilford graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Theatre Generalism in 2021 from Anderson University and with her master’s degree in English Literature in 2023 from the University of Alabama. She presently serves as Professional Tutor for the Student Enrichment Center while also teaching sections of ENG 101 and 102. 

As part of her two-year master's program, Ms. Lilford taught sections of ENG 101 and 102, while also serving as teaching assistant for British Literature Survey courses and volunteering in the university’s Writing Center. Ms Lilford has also presented papers at the Hudson Strode Conference and the South Eastern Christian and Literature Conference as well as working on various theatrical productions.

Born in North Carolina of South African descent, Ms. Lilford has lived in Uganda, Botswana, South Africa, and Trinidad before settling in Mount Vernon with her family in 2016, where she attended Brewton-Parker College as a dual enrollment student. She presently resides in Mount Vernon with her family and spends her free time watching old TV shows.

Linda Armstrong

Academic Advising and Career Specialist

Linda Armstrong earned an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice Technology from Southeastern Technical College and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Walden University. Throughout her career, Linda has worked with diverse populations, including at-risk youth and families and youth in crisis because of mental health and other issues. Her empathetic nature has made her an effective advocate for those in need. In addition to her professional work, Linda is also is committed to volunteerism. She has dedicated countless hours as a youth mentor, and to teaching about her faith at various Christian organizations. She believes in the power of positivity and its ability to transform not only her life but also the lives of others.

"If you must look back, do so forgivingly. If you will look forward, do so prayerfully. But the wisest course would be to be present in the present gratefully." ~ Maya Angelou

Willie Ford

Academic Advising and Career Specialist

Greetings, Baron Nation!

It's truly a joy to be back in a place that has shaped me so profoundly. I'm Willie Ford, a proud 2022 graduate of historic Brewton-Parker College, holding a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a Minor in Education. Following my graduation, I embarked on a journey in education, teaching Special Education within the Vidalia City School District. In addition to my role as an educator, I had the privilege of serving as the Unit Director at the J.D. Rabun Boys and Girls Club. All the while, I was honored to pastor at the esteemed New Hope Baptist Church of Rhine, Georgia. With God's grace, I managed these responsibilities, and now, I'm thrilled and ready to contribute to the welfare of our students, aiming to inspire through service.

Dusty Arnold

Mental Health Counselor

Dusty Arnold  is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst as well as a BPC alumnus. He has years of experience working with a variety of mental health issues including anxiety, grief, and challenges related to Autism. He specializes in behavior-related interventions that can help college students build on their strengths to set achievable goals while also learning how to deal with the thoughts and feelings that sometimes get in the way. He incorporates Biblical values and evidence-based treatments to meet students wherever they happen to be on their journey to spiritual and psychological health. 

Carl Anthony "Tony" Wardlaw

Assistant Student Enrichment Director & Student Success Coach

Carl Anthony “Tony” Wardlaw – For over 25 years, Dr. Wardlaw has worked in leadership, counseling, and pastoring. Beginning with working in middle management for a manufacturing company in Douglas, GA, Dr. Wardlaw has also worked in the academic, nonprofit, public, and private sectors. Additionally, he served over 7 years in the United States Military as a Military Intelligence Officer before resigning his commission as a Captain in the Army.

Currently serving as the Assistant Director of the Student Enrichment Center, Student Success Coach, and Adjunct Faculty at Brewton-Parker College in Mount Vernon, GA, he also serves as the Pastor of The Green Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Dublin, GA.

As a member of the renowned International Gospel Singing Group, The Wardlaw Brothers, Dr. Wardlaw has traveled all over the nation and abroad ministering and singing the Gospel of Christ Jesus. Dr. Wardlaw has served as a consultant for various agencies and has worked as a Fatherhood Coordinator and G.E.D. instructor within the Technical College System of Georgia and participates in local and national civic and philanthropic work.

Dr. Wardlaw holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in International Business from the University of Georgia, two master's degrees from Troy University (Master of Science in Clinical Counseling and Psychology and Master of Education in Counseling), and a Doctorate in Education from Argosy University in Organizational Leadership. Dr. Wardlaw is a Lifetime Silver Member of The NAACP and a member of The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. He is happily married to the former Mrs. Stephanie Scott. They have 3 Children; Chambria, Marc, and Carleigh.

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