From reef-safe sunscreen to watershed restoration, a variety of educational topics were showcased at the University of Guam’s STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Expo held on Friday.
Instead of catching up on some sleep, students are keeping their minds at work this summer. College students from the National Science Foundation (NSF) including 17 high schoolers from the Pilot: Growing STEM Internship showcased the educational displays of their research during the STEM Expo in the School of Business and Public Administration center atrium.
“With my project, I’m doing soil analysis of the soil in the badlands to see if they contain the microorganisms and fungi to hopefully the badlands,” said Audrey Taylor, a high school intern.
Nikky Mamora, NSF undergraduate fellow, said: “My favorite part would probably be the many Badland field trip hikes we did. We get to see new sites and a lot of places. It has been a cool experience so far.”
Taylor added: “My favorite experience is working with our mentor and undergrads. They really got us hands-on with our experiment and we were able to do a lot of our own stuff.”
Highschool interns participated in this 4-week long fellowship program where they were tasked and guided by their mentors from UOG’s National Science Foundation, or NSF, to help develop their own data and research. This collaboration gave them the opportunity to work together and learn off each other.
UOG’s undergraduate and graduate students under NSF will be presenting their project at this year’s SACNAS conference in Hawaii from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2