Former Science Bound Program Director Anita Rollins and former Science Bound Director Connie Hargrave recently attended the 2019 National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) conference to receive the Rose Duhon-Sells Program Award on behalf of Science Bound.
The Rose Duhon-Sells Program Award is awarded to an educational program who meets the following criteria, as laid out by NAME on their website:
- The mission and goals of the program reflect attention to multiple facets of diversity.
- The program meets the needs of a diverse population or seeks to expand multiculturalism for monocultural populations.
- The program offers a curriculum that responds to the diversity of our nation and prepares students to be active participants in our democratic society.
- The program offers effective instructional strategies for the population it serves.
- The program fosters connections between home, school, and community.
National Recognition of Programs That Are Making a Difference for All Underrepresented Groups in the Fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)
Science Bound received the 2018 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the largest and oldest diversity and inclusion publication in higher education. The Inspiring Programs in STEM Award honors colleges and universities that encourage and assist students from underrepresented groups to enter the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Iowa state University's Science Bound will be featured, along with 77 other recipients, in the September 2018 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.
Inspiring Programs in STEM award winners were selected by INSIGHT Into Diversity based on efforts to inspire and encourage a new generation of young people to consider careers in STEM through mentoring, teaching, research, and successful programs and initiatives.
For more information about the 2018 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award and INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, visit insightintodiversity.com.
More than 200 students, family members, educators and corporate supporters gathered at the Carver Center in Johnston on Thursday, April 24, to celebrate the accomplishments of 40 high school students and 14 Iowa State University graduates. The event honored young people who successfully completed the Science Bound program from Des Moines high schools, as well as former Des Moines graduates who were earning their degrees this year from Iowa State.
The evening’s guests heard from keynote speaker Dr. Michael Young, ISU professor of mathematics. Dr. Young shared his professional journey and his personal passion for increasing the number of young people of color in mathematics. He encouraged the graduates to continue to cultivate their personal excellence.
After the meal, Dr. Laura Higgins provided the welcome from Corteva Agriscience, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont (formerly DuPont Pioneer), which sponsored the event.
High school program graduates then received certificates in honor of their accomplishments. The ISU graduate awards followed, and the 14 honorees became the first class to accept the Science Bound stole. Royal blue and white in recognition of the program’s early history (the program’s original colors), students wore the garment during graduation from Iowa State.
As part of the evening’s celebration, Student of the Year awards were presented to Rosemary Galdamez (North) and Xavier Robles (Brody, Hoover). The award recognizes students who exceed program requirements and take advantage of multiple opportunities to develop their STEM potential throughout their time in Science Bound. Dr. Alexis Campbell ended her first Des Moines banquet by challenging the students to continue to cultivate their personal excellence.
Denison and Marshalltown
Fourteen Denison and Marshalltown seniors and seven Iowa State graduates from these districts were honored at the Marshalltown Crossover and Honors Banquet on May 11 and Denison Honors Banquet on May 16.
James Gruening, Senior Vice President and Co-Founder of Mechdyne Corporation, 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. Moises Garcia received the district’s Student of the Year award.
Daniel Rodriguez (Iowa State University Class of 2017, Science Bound Class of 2013) addressed a crowd of nearly 200 during his keynote for the Denison event. Rodriguez is an Applications Systems Engineering Consultant with Keyot in Des Moines. The Student of the Year Award went to Vanessa Gomez.
North High School senior, Robert Nishimwe, recently shared his story with the Des Moines Storytellers Project. Robert participates in the Science Bound program and plans to attend Iowa State in the fall.
Dr. Alexis Campbell began her role as Science Bound’s first full-time director on October 2, 2017. Born and raised in Des Moines, she is a graduate of Iowa State University, where she received a B.S. degree in biology and Ph.D. in biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology.
As a post doctoral student, Dr. Campbell was named a National Science Foundation Graduate STEM Fellow in K-12 Education and served in a year-long collaboration at Meredith Middle School. Her most recent role was serving as an Associate Scientist and Graduate Faculty member within the Roy J. Carver Department of Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Molecular Biology. She also served as the Director for Teaching-as-Research projects for ISU.
Dr. Campbell took time from her busy schedule recently to answer a few questions about her transition into the new role and to share what she envisions for the future of the program.
What attracted you to a career in STEM, and what are some of the greatest takeaways you’ve had thus far?
When I came to ISU I thought I’d be a medical doctor; since the time that I was young, I wanted to be a doctor. I even participated in medical missions trips in Nicaragua and Costa Rica. But when I came back my sophomore year, I started an NSF REU (research experience for undergraduates). I was paired with a faculty member in the biochemistry department, and I enjoyed doing the research. I then started my Ph.D. in his lab and kept going. I learned that within research you can give back to the community, just as I wanted to do as a medical doctor.
What has surprised you the most about working with Science Bound?
All of the different pieces that make up Science Bound. It takes passionate people to be able to make it happen. It’s beautiful and different than what I’ve experienced before. Science Bound is what makes Iowa State special.
What do you envision in terms of Science Bound’s future?
I think right now my primary focus is really understanding the whole program. Science Bound is very well-established. I’m the first full-time director, so probably the biggest change is that I’m able to be available all the time. Also, for the undergraduate program this semester we’ve really incorporated more STEM concepts, as well as within our high school leadership program.
What is one quote you live by?
I like being able to look at things that give you a sense of empowerment. The first [mantra jewelry band saying] I’ve got says, “she believed she could so she did.” Now I have, “let your light shine.”
What advice would you give to students as they take their “next steps” in STEM?
Be open to opportunities and communicate. Make sure that you go into any situation studied. Before you email or reach out to somebody, make sure that you know them and you’ve done your due diligence. In having those conversations, know who you are and believe in yourself as a scientist or engineer. Keep swimming.
Any final thoughts?
I think it’s important to know who you are and make sure that you’re doing what you need to do to make, or create, new and better situations for yourself. I’m excited to see what the next few years bring.
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.