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The EMS Energy Institute hosted two high school students for the Summer Experience in Earth and Mineral Sciences (SEEMS) as part of our student outreach efforts. Amber Hall and Valeria Pena spent six weeks on Penn State’s University Park Campus conducting hands-on research at the EMS Energy Institute. During the program, students attend classes, conduct a research experiment, write a research paper, and present their results to other participants, advisors and judges. On July 23 the students presented their research project as part of the program’s culmination. Hall and Pena were awarded third place for their presentation.
Narasimhan Soundarrajan and Aime Tchapda, graduate students in the EMS Energy Institute, mentored the students and worked beside them in the lab. Sharon Miller, Office of Student Development, EMS Energy Institute, oversaw the student’s progress and assisted in lesson development as necessary.
SEEMS is sponsored by Upward Bound Math and Science Center (UBMS). In addition to the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, the Eberly College of Science participates in the program. The purpose of the UBMS at Penn State University is to assist participating high school students in recognizing and developing their potential to excel in math and science and to encourage them to pursue postsecondary degrees in these fields. Penn State UBMS currently holds a 100% postsecondary education acceptance rate and a 100% high school graduation rate for participants in our program. Penn State UBMS serves eligible students from Harrisburg, Reading and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and in six target high schools located in urban school districts in the state. More information can be found at the UBMS website www.equity.psu.edu/ubms/.