Peter and Smyth Lead STEM Sessions in Harrisburg

Posted: March 9, 2016

Dr. Kari Peter and Ph.D. candidate Christopher Smyth led STEM Career Launch sessions at Penn State Harrisburg for 9th grade students.

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.