Meet Science Bound’s new director Alexis Campbell
Dr. Alexis Campbell, a native of Des Moines, received her B.S. degree in biology and Ph.D. degree in Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology from Iowa State University. Dr. Campbell began as the new Science Bound Director on October 2, 2017. She most recently served as an Associate Scientist and Graduate Faculty member within the Biochemistry Department, and as the Director for Teaching-as-Research Projects for ISU. She was named an NSF-GK12 Fellow and was engaged in a year-long collaboration at Meredith Middle School.
Senior Animal Science major Melissa Garcia Rodriguez has been awarded the 2017 American FFA Degree. The National FFA Organization says that the American FFA Degree “is awarded to FFA members who have demonstrated the highest level of commitment to FFA and is awarded to less than 1% of FFA members. Garcia Rodriguez is also the first Latina in Iowa to receive this award.
She will be traveling to Indianpolis in October to receive her honors during the Eighth General Session of the 90th National FA Convention and Expo.
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On Thursday, April 27, Science Bound celebrated the graduation of 33 high school and 14 Iowa State students from Des Moines Public Schools as part of its annual Honors Banquet.
DuPont Pioneer hosted the event again this year at their Carver Conference Center in Johnston, Iowa. The program highlighted the accomplishments of the 2017 high school and college graduates, as well as the research work done by a number of high school juniors.
More than 220 students and family members gathered for an inspiring keynote address by Dr. Nadilia Gomez Raboteaux, a research scientist at DuPont Pioneer. After the meal, students and families gathered for a welcome address given by Dr. Thomas Ahart, Superintendent of Des Moines Public Schools. Recent Iowa State graduate Yadira Cano Camacho provided the student keynote address.
Also honored at the banquet were the Science Bound Students of the Year, Nawadir (Nosa) Ali, Danielle (Abby) Espinosa Gonzalez Bellolio, and Joseph Murdock. The three were recognized for their high GPAs and participation in extracurricular STEM-development activities.
Denison and Marshalltown
Ten Denison and Marshalltown seniors and seven Iowa State students were honored at the Marshalltown Crossover and Honors Banquet on May 11 and Denison Honors Banquet on May 17.
Alma Marquez, Iowa State Class of 2016, was the keynote speaker for the Marshalltown Crossover and Honors Banquet. More than 170 gathered for the evening to celebrate the accomplishments of the students. Stephanie Armstead, a laboratory manager with Smithfield Foods in Denison, addressed a crowd of more than 150 during her keynote for the Denison event. Marilin Rodriguez received the Student of the Year Award for Denison.
The Seal is bestowed on successful STEM programs and events that occur organically around Iowa and align with and support the STEM Council’s goals. According to the STEM Council, Science Bound “exhibits the key components and critical aspects of exemplary STEM education and strongly contributes to the STEM Council’s mission to inspire and prepare the next generation of innovators for Iowa.”
More information can be found on the official website for the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council’s website.
In this edition of the Science Bound Senior Spotlight, Iowa State University chemical engineering graduate Yadira Cano Camacho shares her Science Bound story. The photo above features Cano Camacho (center) with her father and mother.