BSU hosts “Share the Future” symposium

Approximately 250 high school students will attend the 23rd “Share the Future in Science at Technology” symposium at Bemidji State University on Dec. 11.

The symposium is designed to expose middle school aged girls and boys to careers in science, mathematics and technology. This full day of activities begins with a keynote address about engineering and engineering-related careers, followed by 30-minute small group presentations by people working in careers in biology, chemistry, environmental studies, nursing and other areas of science and technology.

The program opens with a welcome at 9:40 a.m. in Hagg-Sauer Hall 100, followed by the opening keynote, “Engineering,” presented by Sam Horak and Kelly Meyer, school liaisons with the Science Museum of Minnesota.

Other speakers at the symposium’s morning sessions include:
• Andy Thompson, assistant area fisheries manager for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
• Dr. Marcene Hammer, veterinarian
• Dr. Andy Hafs, assistant professor of biology at Bemidji State
• Dr. Brian Hiller, assistant professor of biology at Bemidji State
• Allison Mackay, physical therapist at Choice Therapy in Bemidji
• Timothy Goodwin, assistant professor of professional education at Bemidji State
• Aspen Easterling, advising coordinator for Bemidji State’s Department of Professional Education

During the afternoon, students will participate in hands on science activities spanning many science disciplines. Participants have an opportunity to win door prizes throughout the day, which includes lunch and an ice cream social.

Share the Future is sponsored by Bemidji State University, the Minnesota Space Grant Consortium, and the American Chemical Society, Red River Section.

Dr. Julie Larson, professor of chemistry; (218) 755-2791
Dr. Keith Marek, professor of chemistry; (218) 755-2788