Education and Student Committees Co-Sponsored Events
Planned for 2008 Meeting (Reprinted by popular request)
The up-coming SIVB World Congress in Tucson AZ will
include three educational sessions hosted by the new SIVB Student
Committee and co-sponsored by the SIVB Education Committee. These
sessions are described in detail on the SIVB web site. Log-on to
and scroll down to the Education Symposia for complete descriptions.
Beginning on Saturday, June 14, from 4 - 6 PM (just
prior to the opening reception) Jerry Ranch and Nancy Engelmann
will convene "Non-Technical Skills for the Working Scientist"
a session designed to educate students and their advisors about
some of the non-bench skills that are necessary to be marketable
employees in industry, academia, and government. Four speakers from
industry and academia will be covering topics including: Contrasting
Academic and Corporate Culture, Skills for Effective Leadership
and Successful Teamwork, Understanding Intellectual Property, and
The Recipe for Success in Business.
On Sunday, June 15, from 6:30 -9 PM (immediately following
the Keynote Reception) Nancy Engelmann will convene "Student
Professional Development - CV/Resume Writing and Interviewing Skills".
This session will begin with a short formal program of two presentations:
one on resumes and CVs, and the second on interviewing skills and
the differences between Academia and Industry. These will be followed
by an extended breakout session during which attendees can have
their resumes and CVs reviewed, and participate in mock interviews.
Each of the interview blocks will be limited to 15 minutes or so
in order to allow enough time for you to work with multiple interviewers.
We hope to have many senior people available from industry, government
and academic institutions. So bring your questions and resume or
CV and join us for an interactive evening.
Our final session on Monday, June 16, from 12:30 -2
PM will be a Roundtable Student Networking Luncheon convened by
Nancy Engelmann and Philip Kauth. Here you will have the opportunity
for a recap of the previous two days' activities, as well as time
to meet with and talk to the speakers and mock interviewers. Our
goal here is to provide an informal venue for students to network
with each other and with our more established SIVB members.
Submitted by Elizabeth Roemer, Chair - Education Committee
Re-submitted by co-editors Carol Stiff and Mike Fay
Free Hands-On Plant Tissue Culture Workshop
Carol Stiff, president and founder of Kitchen Culture Education
Technologies, Inc., will be presenting a workshop "Plant tissue
culture in the classroom and home" off-site on June 14 (Saturday)
in Tucson. This is not part of official SIVB activities. Carol is
offering four free spaces for any SIVB student members who might
need to learn "inexpensive methods" for teaching plant
tc for future teaching jobs. You must provide your own transportation
as this is not at the hotel. Contact Carol at carol@kitchencultureEducation.org
to let her know you are coming or get further information.
Developing our future scientists through scientific inquiry:
Nirmal Joshee, Fort Valley State University, has been mentoring
local students for several years and his students have had spectacular
achievements this year in science fair competitions:
Johnny Fells III
Johnny Fells III, an 11th grade student at Northside
High School, presented: In Vitro Conservation of Scutellaria
barbata: Synseed Technology. His category was plant sciences
and he was awarded First Place at the Georgia Science and
Engineering Fair in Athens and the National Society of Black
Engineers Pre-colligated Science Fair in Orlando, and received
2nd place at the National Organization of the Professional
Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers Science
Fair in Philidelphia. Johnny received recognition from The
Society for In Vitro Biology again at the Georgia Science
and Engineering Fair. He will also be a Georgia representative
at the Southeast Regional BioGENEius Challenge.
Will Freeman is a 7th grade student at Warner Robins
Middle School and his project title was "Which Media
and Media Compositions will enhance in vitro regeneration
of a medicinal plant, Scutellaria Lateriflora?" . His
category was plant science and he won the Certificate of Merit
from FVSU and a $50.00 bond, was First Place State Winner,
received a nomination to the SSP Middle School Program, and
advanced to the Georgia Science and Engineering Fair.
Somnath Das, a 7th grade student from Bonaire Middle
School, presented the topic: "The Effect of Stratification
on the Endangered Pitcher Plant Sarracenia leucophylla. His
category was Environmental Management and he was 1st Place
Winner plus received $50.00 in recognition from Flint Energies
Inc., and will advance and participate in the Georgia Science
and Engineering Fair at the state level and the Discovery
Young Scientists Challenge. He had also won recognition from
the U.S Department of Agriculture.