Posted on Monday, December 14, 2015
“The best way to demonstrate the level of enthusiasm and rigor Westminster College offers in STEM is for students to experience it for themselves,” said Dr. Terri Lenox, division chair and professor of computer science.
Westminster College has opened registration for the upcoming STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) Visit Day, January 22 in the McKelvey Campus Center. The event is tailored to high school students interested in STEM disciplines.
“Unlike many colleges and universities, Westminster STEM students have the opportunity to start working with a faculty member from the moment they step onto campus,” continued Lenox. “Our students gain research experience in a collaborative environment where they develop software, build robots, examine the fractal patterns in cancer cells, help local environmental agencies test water quality, examine the effect of the environment on nicotine addiction and do countless other projects.”
Check-in begins at 11:45 a.m. in the McKelvey Campus Center with a complementary lunch until 12:30 p.m. in Duff Dining Hall.
After the welcome and open remarks at 12:40 p.m., students will choose from various discussions during two 45-minute breakout sessions at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Current students will present their research at 3 p.m. in Mueller Theater. There will be an optional campus tour at 4 p.m.
High school students will have the opportunity to meet with Westminster’s faculty and students and tour academic facilities. Attending the STEM visit day provides students with a snapshot of studying biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, engineering physics, materials science, math, neuroscience, physics, or psychology at Westminster College.
“STEM disciplines are deeply interwoven into the real world and studying them is challenging and a whole lot of fun,” said Lenox. “Attending this event, students should feel the excitement that Westminster faculty have for our teaching, our students, and our disciplines.”