Students and faculty from Harford Community College attended the 5th annual Maryland Collegiate STEM Conference, “STEM Innovations: Building a Stronger Future Together,” at Baltimore City Community College on April 27, 2019. Focusing on STEM research at community colleges, the fun-filled, informative event featured over 80 poster and oral presentations by faculty and students, as well as demonstrations and showcases. The conference broke prior attendance records with 500 attendees.

Lieutenant Governor Boyd Rutherford, a champion of STEM education and careers, opened the conference. He toured the poster presentations, interacting individually with students. Two keynote speakers gave well-received addresses: Arthur Shapiro, Professor of Psychology and Computer Science, American University, presented “Visual Illusions: Studying the Strange to Gain Insight on the Ordinary,” and Professor Ashley Hagler, Biology Faculty, Gaston College, delivered “Embrace Inquiry!”

Harford Community College student Michelle Ramsahoye presented her research, which was conducted under the guidance of Assistant Professor Jaclyn Madden and Coordinator for Science Support Lee Ann Anderson, as a poster titled “Effects of 400 Hz Vibrations on Biofilms of Pseudomonas fluorescens.” Michelle’s work was chosen by a panel of reviewers from among the abstracts that were submitted for the conference.

Conference attendees from HCC included Dr. Dianna G. Phillips, President; Pamela Pape-Lindstrom, Dean of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math; Michelle Ramsahoye, student research presenter; Dr. Russ Seidel, Associate Professor; Professor Chris Jones; Assistant Professor Jaclyn Madden; Assistant Professor Andy Adams; Dr. Susan Walker, Assistant Professor; Adjunct Faculty Allison Collins; Adjunct Faculty Jamie Zellers-Batts; and HCC students Christopher Parks, Jason Liddic, Kabira Evans, Allison Dietz, and Elizabeth Dodson. In addition, Harford was a conference silver-level sponsor of the event, and HCC Associate Professor Russ Seidel served on the organizing committee.

The Maryland Collegiate STEM Conference is a collaborative effort of community colleges in the state. The conference provides students, faculty and staff of community colleges a common platform for professional development, showcasing undergraduate research work, creating STEM awareness and opportunities to network with others.