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Student Conference Allows Students to Shine

By Manuel Guerrero
Students' Poster Displays

At the end of the spring semester, Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC) hosted the 2013 Student Conference, which featured 60 students from five different Maricopa community colleges.

According to Heather Ortiz, the event coordinator, the total number of student participants increased significantly from last year.  “The student conference gives the students a chance to learn how to do effective research using multiple methods,” said Ortiz.

Students were able to choose the topics and were required to document five credible sources from where they gathered their research. “This gives students a chance to show off what they learned and go through the entire research process, which will help them, moving forward,” said Ortiz. “Students were responsible to put their whole project together.”

Overall, the students produced 17 oral presentations and 13 poster presentations. They were required to conduct rigorous research for the projects under the guidance of a faculty mentor.

Jake Dull, a participant, did his oral presentation on the advantages to a battery-operated car compared to a gas-operated one. He did this by reading about the process of transforming a gas-powered car into an energy-efficient, battery- operated vehicle on a $5000 budget. He presented his research in a 10-minute PowerPoint presentation.

“My real passion is in energy. I am going to be an electrical engineer,” said Dull, who started attending Arizona State University this fall. “I think this was a great idea to practice some of the things I am interested in and also better understand how electrical systems operate.”

At the end of the day, three oral and three poster presentations were chosen for prizes. EMCC students swept the oral presentations awards: Ariel Cluckey, Aimee Graves, Rachel Shauger and Perla Palamino’s presentation entitled, “Measuring College Student Awareness on Education’s Title IX,” earned the top spot for the category. Adiam Yeghin, Marc Solace and Alexander Sciury’s group presentation “Student Views on Pro-Life Reproductive Rights” earned second place and Andrea Grana’s solo presentation, “Shedding Light and Saving Lives” earned third place in the same category.

The three poster presentation winners were students from Gateway Community College, Glendale Community College and Phoenix College. All winners of the competition received scholarship money. First place winners earned up to $5,000. The well-earned money will help students achieve their educational goals, mostly at the university level.

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