Peter and Smyth Lead STEM Sessions in Harrisburg
Posted: March 9, 2016
On March 9, 2016, Assistant Professor Dr. Kari Peter and Ph.D. candidate Christopher Smyth led sessions about plant pathology for 120 ninth-grade students from Central Dauphin, Harrisburg, Sci-Tech, Middletown, Steelton-Highspire, and Susquehanna Township school districts during Penn State Harrisburg's Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Career Launch. These sessions introduced the students to many disease-causing organisms and their societal impacts.
The STEM Career Launch program was established by the Office of Multicultural Recruitment and Community Affairs to introduce ninth-grade students to science, technology, math, and business environments. Exposing high school students to STEM careers through interaction with faculty, staff, graduate/college students, and local business professionals encourages students to consider higher education in math- and science-related areas.