FCC Hosts 2nd Annual State STEM Conference


Frederick Community College will host the second Annual Maryland Collegiate STEM Conference on April 29 and 30.

The conference will bring together community colleges from across the state to showcase STEM-related research opportunities that help prepare students for rigorous STEM programs at four-year colleges.

The first day of the conference will be dedicated to student learning. The conference will open at 1:30 p.m. on Friday with a welcome by FCC President Elizabeth Burmaster followed by the keynote speaker, Professor Paul Bushmann of Anne Arundel Community College. Bushmann will present “Engaging Students in STEM Research: Horseshoe Crab Ecology in the Chesapeake Bay.” Bushmann’s talk will be followed by concurrent sessions, a research poster session, and dinner.

The second day of the conference will focus on STEM faculty. The keynote address will be delivered by Professor Raijin Rao of The Johns Hopkins University, who will discuss “Nature vs. Nurture: Addressing the Gender Gap in STEM.” Concurrent sessions will cover topics such as how to build an environment that leads to successful STEM learning.

Activities will take place in various locations on the FCC campus, including the new state-of-the-art Learning Commons and STEM classrooms and laboratories.