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SCVTHS STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN YOUNG WOMEN’S CONFERENCE IN STEM AT PRINCETON UNIVERSITY

 Students from the Health Academy at SCVTHS attended a Young Women's STEM Conference at Princeton University

SCVTHS Academy for Health & Medical Sciences students (back, left to right): Melissa Lam of Bound Brook, Naimisha Vidavalapati of Somerset, Ananya Putta of Bridgewater, Fayrooz Abdelkader of Bridgewater, Natasha Mody of Martinsville, Rayhanah Ahmed of Bound Brook, Isha Shah of Hillsborough, Michelle Wilfred of Hillsborough, Vinitha Vivek of Hillsborough, SCVTHS Supervisor of Academics Randee Holz; (front, left to right): Kate Kinst of Hillsborough, Rachel Yuh of Somerset, Sharon Samuel of Hillsborough, Aarhsa Shah of Bridgewater and Charlene Cai of Bridgewater at the Young Women's Conference in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics held at Princeton University.

 

On March 22nd, ten students from the Academy for Health and Medical Sciences (AHMS) at Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School (SCVTHS) participated in the Young Women's Conference in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics held at Princeton University.

During the Conference, the ten female students from the AHMS freshman and sophomore classes took part in a hands-on expo and a lecture session led by six female STEM professionals. The students had the opportunity to network and ask questions, as well as attend a chemistry presentation by a Princeton University professor. Following the morning sessions, the SCVTHS students heard keynote speaker Dr. Tammy Ma, a plasma physicist from Lawrence Livermore’s National Ignition Facility and a 2018 recipient of the prestigious Early Career Research Program Award from the Department of Energy’s Office of Science.

In addition to the ten SCVTHS students who attended the Conference, AHMS students Sharon Samuel of Hillsborough, Michelle Wilfred of Hillsborough, Vinitha Vivek of Hillsborough and Melissa Lam of Bound Brook took part as representatives of the International Youth Neuroscience Association (IYNA). The IYNA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which aims to promote neuroscience education to students.

“At the event, we were able to interact with other students from grades seven to ten to inform them about the organization and the opportunities it has to offer. We also shared some activities at our station where students could learn to make a neuron model (out of pipe cleaners and beads) and see a 360 view of the inside of the brain using VR goggles,” said AHMS sophomore Sharon Samuel.

Samuel went on to add, “The Conference offered a variety of educational opportunities for students to take advantage of. Overall, it was a great experience and we plan on doing it again next year."

“It was a great Conference and learning experience for all involved,” said SCVTHS Supervisor of Academics Randee Holz. Holz went on to add, “All the students were engaged with the content, had a lot of fun, learned a plethora, and want to attend again.”

 

For more information on this story contact James Strickhart at (908) 526-8900, ext. 7169 or jstrickhart@scvts.net.