NVC Hosts Annual Student Science Conference
The Annual NVC Science Conference was held on April 6-7, 2015. The event has been organized each year by faculty for the past 11 years to engage students (both science majors and non-majors) in scientific research to foster student success at NVC. The desired outcomes included:
• Giving our students a platform to present work and research outcomes
• Giving students a chance to research areas outside their course curriculum and present the findings to their peers
• Giving students a chance to talk to faculty/representative from transfer schools (nursing/pharmacy/degree programs)
• Educating students about other exciting degree and career opportunities.
The student presentations ranged from topics in Biology, Microbiology, Genetics, Chemistry, and Physics, all geared towards improving their research and communication skills. A total of 181 student presented at the conference. Many outside organizations presented exposing students to various career options. Schools like Schreiner and UIW educated students on their specific requirements and expectations for Nursing and Pharmacy programs. UTHSCSA, St. Mary, TAMUSA, and UTSA presented different degree, research, and career options for NVC students. Southwest Research Institute, Texas Biomed Institute, and US Army Institute of Surgical Research explored the job market and shared valuable information about life after their educational pursuits.
The event was a tremendous success with almost 800 students participating in the two day event, each spending several hours listening and interacting with the presenters. Every session had a minimum of 60 attendees and the largest almost 200 participants. The program was a collaborative effort from the faculty coordinator, Prakash Nair, 11 different NVC organizations and their representatives, and the volunteer student members of the Pre Health Delegation student club.