As part of its continuing focus on the training of up-and-coming researchers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), the School of Science at Miami Dade College, North Campus recently hosted its sixth annual STEM Research Symposium. The event featured the original research of more than 100 MDC students who worked alongside top scientists from MDC, the University of Florida, Nova Southeastern University, the University of Miami and St. Thomas University as part of the School of Science’s Summer Research Institute. The high-quality research projects at the Symposium covered a wide variety of fields, including biology, physics, chemistry, microbiology, engineering and genetics. Students presented their research during a conference-style poster session at the symposium. “Undergraduate research experiences are changing our students’ lives,” said Dr. Heather J. Belmont, dean of the School of Science. “They quickly see the connection between their academic work and their future career goals. This is leading to persistence in STEM majors and attainment of STEM degrees.” Through the Undergraduate Summer Research Program and the associated Symposium activities, students are able to build research skills and core content knowledge in STEM. – AVG
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