In light of the spread of the COVID-10 pandemic and to abide by the social distancing guidelines, the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE), the parent organization for the EnvironMentors program has canceled the 2020 EnvironMentors National Science Fair. The National Science Fair is held annually in Washington D.C the spring semester of each academic year. Furthermore, due to the university closing all of its campuses, we were unable to hold our Penn State EnvironMentors Poster Symposium. Despite the current crisis and challenges, our student participants and their mentors persevered through and worked extremely hard on their research projects. Consequently, to give our students the opportunity to share the projects they dedicated their time and efforts on throughout this year, we hosted our very first Virtual STEM Showcase this past Saturday, May 16th, 2020.
During the showcase, twelve of our high school student participants from Penn State University Park, Harrisburg, and Shenango campuses, presented their research projects to their families, friends, and members of the Penn State community. Their resilience, perseverance, and hard work paid off when they presented their projects during the showcase. We are extremely proud of all our high school students for their great accomplishments this academic year. We thank all of the faculty and undergraduate students mentors for their time invested in and dedication to their mentees this academic year. We have recorded the webinar live and please click on the video above to watch the showcase and our students’ research projects. In addition, please click on this link to access more in-depth info about our students’ projects.