Record attendance capped off the research year at the VT EPSCoR Center for Workforce Development and Diversity (CWDD) 5th annual Student Research Symposium on Thursday, April 4, 2013 at the DoubleTree Hotel in South Burlington, VT.
Over 150 persons attended the symposium which featured 36 high school students representing 12 Vermont school districts, and 3 districts outside Vermont including from as far away as Puerto Rico, in addition to 38 undergraduate students from six Vermont colleges including the Community College of Vermont, and two universities in Puerto Rico. All of these students conducted research as a part of the Research on Adaptation to Climate Change in the Lake Champlain Basin: New Understanding through Complex Systems (RACC) program funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).
Teams of students shared their scientific findings by making oral and poster presentations developed over the past year investigating research questions examining the connections between climate, environment, and society.
The immersion of teams of high school students and undergraduates into the RACC project with experienced faculty, graduate students and post-doctoral associates provides valuable exposure and opportunities for career development in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) areas. Hands-on research experience engages students, builds critical thinking skills, and strengthens student interest in and preparation for STEM careers.
Students were engaged in scientific reasoning, team building, experiencing techniques scientists use to disseminate their work, networking with researchers, working in a team, and coordinating with managers and other interested stakeholders working on the health of the Lake Champlain Basin.
The CWDD works to broaden participation in the STEM fields by encouraging young scientists from community colleges, traditionally underrepresented minority groups, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities. For a full list of participants, poster and oral presentation topics please see the links below.
The 2013 Symposium was held on April 4th, 2013 from 3pm-8pm at:
Doubletree Hotel - South Burlington
1117 Williston Road
Burlington, Vermont 05403
3:00pm-3:30pm Welcome, Introductions, and RACC Update
3:30pm-5:00pm Oral Presentations
5:15pm-6:45pm Poster Presentations
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VT EPSCoR Center for Workforce Development and Diversity
Saint Michael's College
One Winooski Park Box 137
Colchester, VT 05439