Five Harford Community College science, technology, engineer and mathematics (STEM) students and three faculty attended the 3rd Annual Maryland Collegiate STEM Conference (MCSC) at Carroll Community College on April 29. Recognizing the important role that community colleges play in developing the STEM professionals of the future, the MCSC was organized by members from Maryland’s community colleges and was sponsored by corporations and academic institutions, including HCC.

This unique conference brought together community college students, faculty, and staff from various STEM areas for professional development workshops. In addition, it also provided an opportunity for students to present their own research, network, and learn more about potential transfer institutions. HCC students Gracie Shannahan and Elizabeth Johns, HCC graduate John Biondo, and faculty Tami Imbierowicz, Supawan King, and Jackie Madden presented at the conference.

Approximately 200 participants from community colleges, other academic institutions, and vendors attended the MCSC. Carroll County Commissioner Mr. Stephen Wantz formally opened the conference and welcomed the statewide group to Carroll County. Carroll Community College President Dr. James D. Ball also offered welcoming remarks. Keynote speakers included Kate McGuire, the director of the Baltimore City Regional Tournament of the Maryland Science Olympiad, and Dr. Erika L. Barr, Ph.D., the director of the Community College Summer Enrichment Program at the National Institutes of Health.

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