The panel discussion is just one of many events hosted throughout the academic year by the Ernest E. Just Society, which was founded in 2004. It is a collaboration among the office of multicultural affairs and the departments of chemistry, biology and physics.
The goal of the society is to assist students of African descent majoring in the sciences with their quest to achieve academic excellence. Each month members meet to discuss areas of research, enhance study skills, and build camaraderie within the society. Guest speakers are also invited to expose students to minority professionals in the sciences. Students also have faculty mentors, experience peer-to-peer grooming and attend weekly study sessions.
“Faculty in the biology and chemistry departments truly care about my success in their classes and in my future career,” says Keyona Gullett, a junior science major and student chair of the Xavier chapter of the society. “Without EEJ society, I honestly don’t think I would have adapted to the life of a science major as quickly as I did.”
Ernest E. Just graduated magna cum laude in 1907 from Dartmouth College with a degree in zoology and special honors in botany, history and sociology. Following graduation, he taught at Howard University where he was later appointed head of the department of zoology. He also served as a professor in the medical school and head of the department of physiology until his death.
Just was awarded the first NAACP Spingarn Medal in 1915 for his accomplishments as a pure scientist. A year later, Just graduated magna cum laude from the University of Chicago with his doctorate in experimental embryology. Through his work with cells, Just gave further insight into the process of artificial parthenogenesis and the physiology of cell development.