Nurturing the next generation of scientists

By Peter Kent

students looking under the hood of a car; photo by pat wright

Science can enrich the lives and livelihoods of South Carolinians. More and more jobs require scientific and technical know-how and all citizens need some science knowledge to understand how the world is changing.

To support science education, Clemson hosted the 2008 S.C. Academy of Science annual meeting in March, bringing together more than 600 high school students, undergraduates, research scientists and teachers. The event provided an opportunity for students to display research posters and present papers on their work. Teachers earned recertification credits through workshops on DNA and biofuels.

“Science faces an unprecedented challenge to understand our changing world and to apply research that can reduce our impact on the earth,” said David Gangemi, incoming academy president and Clemson faculty member. “Clemson’s support for the academy arises from a deep commitment to stimulate the creative abilities of South Carolina students and to provide learning opportunities to develop their talents.”

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