FLORENCE – Francis Marion University hosted an “Interview the Scientists” dinner on Nov. 2 in the Ervin Dining Hall on the FMU campus.
About 75 students from Florence School District 1 and their parents enjoyed dinner and then were given a chance to ask a panel of 20 local scientists about their careers. Participating scientists included employees of DuPont Teijin Films, IRIX Pharmaceuticals Inc., GE Medical Systems, Nan Ya Plastics, USDA-ARS Coastal Plains Research Center, Roche Carolina Inc., and McLeod Regional Medical Center.
The event was sponsored by the General Electric Fund; the Quality Education for Minorities (QEM) Network; the National Science Foundation; Neighborhood Education Watch: Creating Parent Advocates and Leaders (NEW PALS) Project; and Francis Marion University.
Through a grant, the QEM Network, Lowndes County, Ala.; Florence, S.C.; and Cleveland, Ohio, are working together to support children in these communities who are interested and talented in mathematics, science and engineering. The three-year grant is from the GE Fund.
The program focuses on students in grades six through college who are primarily from low-income families. The goals of the project are to help ensure that children from underserved minority groups and communities have access to a quality education in mathematics and science as well as have opportunities to successfully pursue degrees in these fields.
For more information about the project, call LeRoy “Pete” Peterson Jr., an associate professor of chemistry at FMU, at 843-661-1454.
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