TU to host 2008 Science and Technology Day on November 6
Free event especially designed for high school upperclassmen, community college students
TOWSON, Md. (Oct. 29, 2008)—Several hundred high school and community college students from the Baltimore region are expected to attend the 2008 Science and Technology Day at Towson University on November 6.
The event, which runs from 9:30 a.m. until noon, will be held in the Chesapeake Rooms at TU’s University Union. The program is geared toward students interested in attending a four-year university, such as TU.
The TU MB3 Club, a student group, created the event. “The students did much more than come up with the concept,” says Jim Saunders, director of TU’s MB3 (Molecular Biology, Biochemistry and Bioinformatics) program and MB3 Club mentor. “They did the planning, fundraising, created the invitations to local schools and contacted our guest speakers.”
“We want to attract new students into the cutting-edge field of molecular biology, biochemistry and bioinformatics, as well as to STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics] education in general,” says Kal Srour, MB3 Club president. “One way to do that is to introduce these prospective majors to the wide variety of students and education experts already in the field.”
The distinguished panel of experts who will share some of the personal experiences that led them into STEM education includes:
Nancy Grasmick, state superintendent for Maryland schools
Michelle Bondima, dean, Business, Science, Health and Math, BCCC
Donald Thomas, director, Hackerman Academy, former NASA astronaut
Deborah Phelps, principal, Windsor Mill STEM Middle School
Mary Stapleton, director, Education Outreach and Workforce Development, UMBI
Jim Saunders, director, MB3, Towson University
TU President Robert L. Caret will deliver opening remarks. Guy Davis, director of the TU Career Center, will moderate the panel discussion.
The event is sponsored by the MB3 Club, the T Parent Association, the TOPS (Towson OPportunities in STEM) program and the Jess and Mildred Fisher College of Science and Mathematics.
Event registration will begin at 9 a.m. Lunch will be provided to all registrants at 12:30 p.m., and TU students will be available to show visitors their research posters and answer questions. Registration is free. Representatives from academic institutions, companies and the general public are invited to attend.