Media Advisory: U.Va. to Host Science Career Symposium

November 4, 2008 — The University of Virginia will host a Science Career Symposium for middle and high school students Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Clark Hall.

Members of the media are invited to attend. The event is co-sponsored by the Virginia Junior Academy, the University of Virginia Office for Diversity and Equity and the University of Virginia Office of the Vice President for Research.

Four University of Virginia scientists, including astronaut Kathryn Thornton, will speak about their careers, encouraging student interest in science and technology. Approximately 100 to 120 middle and high school students will attend. Students will have an opportunity to interact with U.Va. faculty and undergraduate and graduate students and attend science and technology demonstrations and information booths. A tour of U.Va. Grounds will conclude the events.

The goal of the Virginia Junior Academy, which is sponsored by the Virginia Academy of Science, is to promote progress in the field of scientific research among secondary school students.

The objectives of the Virginia Academy of Science include: discovering and encouraging scientific aptitude among secondary school students in Virginia, encouraging students to continue their education in science, engineering and related fields, and developing a background among its members that will lead to membership in the Virginia Academy of Science as well as other professional science organizations.

10 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.   Welcome

10:15 a.m. - 10:40 a.m.   Professor Kathryn Thornton, former astronaut and U.Va. professor of engineering and applied science.

10:40 a.m. - 11:05 a.m    U.Va. environmental sciences professor Jose Fuentes

11:05 a.m. - 11:15 am     Break

11:15 a.m. - 11:40 a.m.   Professor Claire Cronmiller, U.Va. genetics researcher
11:40 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.   Dr. Marcus Martin, professor, U.Va. School of Medicine
12:05 p.m. - 12:10 p.m.   Closing: Dr. Martin

12:10 p.m. - 1p.m.           Lunch with U.Va. scientists and students. Science and education information booths available.

1 p.m. - 3 p.m.            Science/technology demonstrations
3 p.m.                         Optional tour of U.Va. Grounds for interested students