Morgan State University hosts first STEM EXPO
The Center for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Education (CEMSE) in the School of Education and Urban Studies (SEUS), Division of Student Affairs, and the Division of Research & Economic Development (DRED) at Morgan State University sponsored the first STEM EDUCATION, CAREER, AND JOBS EXPO on Saturday November 9, 2013 at Morgan State University. Over 50 exhibitors from federal and state agencies, business and industry, and educational institutions attended and showcased activities linked to STEM education, jobs, and careers. The exhibitions were interactive and students were engaged in "hands-on, minds-on activities." Over 350 students, parents, and teachers attended the Expo from the Baltimore Metropolitan area. U.S. Senator Benjamin Cardin, the Honorary Co-host for this event gave a motivational talk to the audience concerning the importance of developing a strong STEM workforce that starts at the pre-college level and continues through undergraduate and graduate school. During the opening session, Dr. David Wilson, President of Morgan State University discussed the fact that, "we are competing globally for STEM jobs and careers." He also articulated on the accomplishments of Morgan State University as the leading producer of African American Bachelor of Science degrees in Engineering in the state of Maryland. Dr. Patricia Welch, Dean of the School of Education and Urban Studies (SEUS) discussed the importance of students and parents understanding the importance of STEM education. Dr. Wilson, Senator Cardin, and Dr. Victor McCrary, Vice President for Research and Economic Development (DRED) participated in a formal ribbon cutting ceremony that officially opened the Expo. The highlight of the Expo was observing students excited and engaged in activities that could plant the seeds for successful careers in STEM. The expectation is that this successful event will be annual at Morgan State University and will attract more exhibitors as well as students interested in pursuing STEM careers.
Morgan State University, founded in 1867, is a Carnegie classified Doctoral Research Institution offering more than 70 academic programs leading to bachelors degrees as well as programs at the masters and doctoral levels. As Maryland's Public Urban Research University, Morgan serves a multi-ethnic and multi-racial student body and seeks to ensure that the doors of higher education are opened as wide as possible to as many as possible. For more information on Morgan State University, visit www.morgan.edu.
Dr. Kevin Peters