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S-STEM Symposium

Sept. 20, 2019

Two SEE Scholars help build STEM community during national conference

Two College of Engineering students represented Michigan State University at the S-STEM Symposium in Washington, D.C., from Sept. 12-14.

Rolanda Hutson and Nicholas DiTommaso shared MSU STEM strategies during the national conference in Washington, D.C.
Rolanda Hutson and Nicholas DiTommaso shared MSU STEM strategies during the national conference.

Rolanda Hutson, a junior in mechanical engineering, and Nicholas DiTommaso, a senior in chemical engineering, attended the national conference that brought STEM educators and students together to build a sense of community and share strategies on STEM undergraduate education and workforce collaborations.

DiTommaso was a featured speaker during a plenary panel discussion that attracted 700 people.

Both Spartans are part of the MSU College of Engineering Supporting Excellent Engineers (SEE) Program.

SEE is supported by the Scholarships in STEM (S-STEM) Program of the National Science Foundation. SEE Scholars are academically-talented students from across the College of Engineering.

In addition to financial support, SEE provides research-based professional development and social cohort programming to assist students in building connections to the College of Engineering and each other. This work is done in collaboration with the College of Education.

SEE Mentor S. Patrick Walton said the goal of the SEE Scholars program is to increase retention and persistence to degree completion for academically talented engineering students.

The SEE Team consists of:
S. Patrick Walton (PI and Mentor)

Daina Briedis (coPI and Mentor)

Theodore Caldwell (coPI and Mentor)

Lisa Linnenbrink-Garcia (coPI and Research Lead)

• Harrison Lawson (Research Assistant)

Krystal Lira (Research Assistant)

Alexandra Lee (Research Assistant)

Mark Urban-Lurain (coPI and External Evaluator)

Read more about the MSU SEE Scholars Program.