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On Saturday, February 1, 2020, approximately 90 students, faculty, staff, and community members attended Harford Community College's 4th Annual STEM Day - the College's largest STEM Day event to date. The morning began with welcoming remarks and a chemistry demonstration by HCC's new Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Timothy Sherwood. His presentation showcased a hypothesis generating scenario which included a bright green flame; truly a crowd pleaser!

Dr. John Tanacredi, a Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences and the Executive Director of the Center for Environmental Research and Coastal Oceans Monitoring (CERCOM) at Molloy College, kicked off the HCC STEM Day events with a rousing keynote talk titled "Our Coastlines Under Siege." The presentation, which focused upon coastal environmental science, estuarine science, and horseshoe crab ecology, with a specific focus on Dr. Tanacredi's research conducted at CERCOM and Molloy College, captivated the audience and set the tone for an exceptional day of fun-filled and informative STEM Day events, talks, and discussions.

Excellent research presentations were given by students, faculty, and guest speakers. One student group described their recent experience on an alternative Spring Break trip to the Florida Keys. Daniel Buzminsky, a graduate of the HCC Engineering program, and recipient of the prestigious Department of Defense SMART scholarship, gave a presentation featuring the findings of his summer internship in Materials Science Engineering at Aberdeen Proving Ground, were he characterized a novel material called FeMnAl, which is currently under development. Other student speakers featured research they have completed at their transfer institutions. Additional presentations were given by Aberdeen Proving Ground staff Dr. Danielle Kuhn and Dr. Heidi Hoard-Fruchey.

The event concluded with a panel by student alumni that are successful transfer students in demanding disciplines such as physics and meteorology. These students credited the solid foundation they received in their math and science courses at HCC and the personal interactions they experienced with HCC faculty as the springboard for their current success. The students were also able to share strategies they used to transition from the smaller environment of HCC to the larger transfer institutions. The student panel included Anna Smoot, Bailey Conrad, Daniel Buzminsky, and Maheer Multani.

Many thanks to STEM Dean Dr. Pamela Pape-Lindstrom and Associate Professor for STEM Russ Seidel for their contributions to this article.

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