Thursday, May 5, 2016

Free STEM summer workshop for 7-10th grade students

The 2016 STEM Summer Workshop is a FREE program for qualifying 7th, 8th, 9th, or 10th grade students (in the upcoming 2016-2017 school year) interested in the science, technology, engineering, and math related fields. This FREE program will take place on Saturday, June 4, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at the Biocomplexity Institute (formerly the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute) of Virginia Tech.

The STEM Summer Workshop aims to expose interested students (Grades 7-10) to activities and experiences in the biomedical sciences and engineering. Students will participate in activities that provide hands-on experience working with basic concepts and features of these fields in the hopes of instilling an interest and possible career aspirations in the biomedical sciences or engineering. This workshop is intended to provide activities in a college environment as well as exposure to professionals who have made careers in these areas of study. Evidence suggests that the next wave of jobs in the American economy will be in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.  This summer program intends to cultivate an interest and greater understanding of STEM as students continue their educational pursuits.

This program is sponsored by the Tau Mu Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and is supported by of our partners including the Biocomplexity Institute of Virginia Tech and the VT PREP/IMSD program. Since its charter in 1992, The Tau Mu Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. is committed to the development of America’s youth and committed to service in the New River Valley and surrounding areas. This year marks the 4th year of the STEM Summer Workshop for qualifying students in the 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th grades.

*Event Details*
*Date*: Saturday, June 4, 2016

*Time*: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

*Location*: Biocomplexity Institute of Virginia Tech
1015 Life Science Circle
Blacksburg, VA 24061-0477

*Number of Students*: approximately 50

*Program Eligibility*
A student is eligible for participation if he/she

   - Is a rising  7th, 8th , 9th,or 10th grade student in the upcoming
   academic year (2016-2017).
   - Demonstrates an interest in learning more about experiences in the
   fields of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics.
   - Submits the following documents:
      - an application
      -  a personal Statement (500 words or less)

To Register:

Registration ends Wednesday, May 25th at 11:59 p.m. EST

*Participants are chosen on a first come, first served basis.*

The contact persons for this event are Dr. Shernita Lee, 2016 STEM Summer Workshop Planning Coordinator or Dr. Gena Chandler-Smith, President, Tau Mu Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. They can be reached at To register and find out more about the program, consult the following web address: