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A video project led by Auburn’s Overtoun Jenda received "Facilitators’ Choice" recognition in the 2017 NSF STEM for All Video Showcase.

The event was led by the National Science Foundation, or NSF, and is meant to showcase NSF-funded work aimed at improving teaching and learning of STEM, or science, technology, engineering and math.

“We are honored that the South East Alliance for Persons with Disabilities in STEM (SEAPD-STEM) video was selected as a Facilitators’ Choice award recipient in the 2017 STEM for All Video Showcase,” Jenda said. “The showcase gave us an opportunity to present the important work of this project to people all over the world. We are glad that STEM for All has recognized the significance of this program and the positive impact it is providing for students with disabilities in STEM fields.”

The SEAPD-STEM program was created to help increase the quality and quantity of persons with disabilities completing associate, undergraduate and graduate degrees in STEM disciplines and entering the STEM workforce.

Jenda, who serves as assistant provost for special projects and initiatives and professor of mathematics, partnered with Carl Pettis, associate dean and associate professor of mathematics at Alabama State University, and Mohammed Qazi, professor of mathematics at Tuskegee University, on the video.

Jenda, Pettis and Qazi’s video was selected out of 171 videos presented at the showcase. Their video was one of 19 recognized with the “Facilitators’ Choice” honor.   

SEAPD-STEM builds on the success of the Alabama Alliance for Students with Disabilities in STEM (AASD-STEM). Over the past seven years, AASD-STEM has provided academic and social support for more than 200 students with disabilities in STEM majors.

SEAPD-STEM will increase the reach of AASD-STEM by adding an additional 16 institutions to the program, for a total of 21 participating colleges and universities.                                           

The video can be viewed online at Information on the SEAPD-STEM program is available online at